College Walk is crammed with merrymakers for the annual tree-lighting ceremony. All in all, it is a very Columbia Christmas: the Kingsmen modified “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” with a verse on lovebirds PrezBo and Ahmadinejad and Eric Foner gave a Bush-bashing speech about critical thinking in the new year. An unfortunate elderly gentlemen picked this hour to drive across College Walk and was greeted by Manhattan-centric cries of “Jersey plates! Oh, shameful!”
Best of all were the tables and tables of cookies (store bought) and hot beverages (a fine, tart cider and a very chocolatey, smooth cocoa). Spread among the free food were jingle bells, an informal poll (sample size 6) of which revealed one-third to be jingleless decoys. Make sure to grab a ringing one and join the procession from Low to John Jay lounge, where the Yule Log ceremony will start around 7.