Countdown to Christmas!
I can't quite believe that I will be going home in 2 days, having finished a really fulfilling, fun, but at times challenging, first term of year 2. This term has seen the completion of research-based essays, 2 long lab reports and loads of lectures, and I do feel a sense of satisfaction that this is all done. I now have a much calmer last couple of days, where I can take time to see my friends before we leave for the Christmas break. I have no more deadlines and only a handful of lectures (although I will have an essay to write over the holidays, but let's not think about that just yet).
Everyone is in such good spirits with Christmas around the corner, and I've seen plenty of Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, and piles of boxes of mince pies in Rootes Grocery store (which I have managed to resist somehow!) There are Christmas trees across campus, such as the one at Gibbet Hill and the one by the Arts Centre (pictured below) with the latter being the perfect backdrop to some group photos, especially when the lights were on last night. My uni house is all nicely decorated and its been so comforting returning to the house with candles in the window, and our TV will be used for Christmas movie viewing over the next few evenings.
There's a lot of Christmas festivities happening on campus and in the local area, and things are still happening once term ends.
- Last night I went to the Christian Union's Carol Concert, which was held in collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It was such a fun evening, with free mince pies, plenty of singing, and a thought-provoking talk by a church minister.
- There also was a showing of the film 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' last night in the SU cinema
- Christmas themed hot drinks are on sale. I must head down to Curiositea for a Gingerbread latte before term ends! A Christmas lunch menu is available at all the cafes across campus.
- The Wind Orchestra played carols outside the Christmas tree this lunchtime
- The Chaplaincy will be holding a Candlelit Carol Service on Friday afternoon, in addition to a Mass on Christmas Day.
- There will be a 'Go Global Christmas Dinner' held during the holidays for students staying at Warwick during the vacation
- Within the halls of residences, kitchens have organised their own Christmas meals, and in my kitchen last year we had so much great food (and so much clearing up) but it was so memorable and festive.
- Further afield, there's been Christmas markets in Birmingham and Leamington, Christmas light-switch on events in all of the towns local to the University, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens also held a Christmas light trail. I live in Earlsdon, and the High Street looks really pretty with all the lights. I also went Christmas shopping in Coventry over the weekend, and there's a Christmas market and tree at Broadgate, which looked so nice in the evening (see below)
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, whatever you may be doing :) Until next time!