Tree Lighting, Lessons and Carols Bring Holiday Cheer

Beloved traditions open the holiday season at Albion College, beginning with the annual tree lighting and culminating with the 45th annual Lessons and Carols.

Albion College Quadrangle, December 2010. Chris Amos photoOn Thursday, December 1, at 6 p.m., the Quadrangle brightens with the annual tree lighting celebration. Hillel, a Jewish student organization, will offer an interfaith reflection, and music will be provided by the Black Student Alliance and the Albion College Music Department. "It won't be a long program, just a nice time to be out and enjoy the holiday spirit," said Maria Gill, assistant director of college events. Refreshments will be served.

Lessons and Carols, 2010The Albion College Music Department presents Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 4, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. Under the direction of John Russell, visiting director of choral activities, this year's program features the Concert Choir, Briton Singers, Women’s Chorus, organist Royal Ward, pianists Susan Lawrence and Sara Cleland, harpist Phillip Carlisle, and violinist Zachary Kribs. For the first time, the program can be enjoyed via live audio stream at

Cardinals in the Whitehouse Nature CenterThe Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was designed by Archbishop E. W. Benson for use in the cathedral at Truro, England. The first formal event was held there on Christmas Eve 1880. The service was later modified for use in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, in 1918 by the Very Reverend Eric Milner-White, who was Dean of the Chapel at that time. The late David L. Strickler introduced the service to Albion College in 1966. It has been a cherished tradition ever since.

Pottery sale itemsOther holiday events include the ceramics students' pottery sale, which takes places Friday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kellogg Center. The sale will feature dozens of items, from dishware to sculpture, offering a wide variety of gift ideas. The Whitehouse Nature Center Natural Crafts Open House takes place Saturday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nature Center. Candles and decorations made from natural crafts can be made by participants free of charge.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on Albion College holiday events, contact the Communications Office at 517/629-0445 or visit