Published on December 2, 2013  

Samford University’s oldest Christmas tradition–Christmas Around the World, dating to at least 1957– is also one of its most popular. The university expects standing-room-only for the 10 a.m. event in Reid Chapel Dec. 3, and offers both an overflow venue (Brooks Auditorium) and a live stream.

Join us however you are able as our Departments of World Languages and Cultures, Classics and Religion offer prayers, scripture readings and music in 20 languages, ranging from Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew to Hindi, Swahili, Haitian Creole, and Korean. Other highlights will include first-hand student accounts of Christmas in other countries, a carillon concert by Steve Knight prior to the event and a mass singing of “Silent Night” at its close.

Christmas Around the World opens a week of free, public celebrations at Samford, including:

Bells of Buchanan Christmas Handbells Concert
Sponsored by Patty McDonald
Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Christmas Chalk Talk last year and Bells of Buchanan
Dec. 5 , 10 a.m.
Reid Chapel
Samford’s handbell ensemble and visual arts professor Lowell Vann present a visually and musically inspiring event. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early.

Hanging of the Green
Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
Reid Chapel
University Chorale and University Ministries present our traditional celebration of advent

Lighting of the Way
Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Centennial Walk
Experience one of the most beautiful visions of Samford’s Quad—candle-lit pathways, a magnificent tree and, at the flip of a switch, the seasonal lighting of Centennial Walk.

Handel’s Messiah (Christmas portion)
Presented by the Division of Music
Sponsored by the Vestavia Mafia
Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.