The sky was clear and the air crisp, offering an extra attraction for the 5000 people who filtered through Trinity Western University’s campus on December 4th and 5th for the fourth annual Great West Life Spirit of Christmas.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather. Families and guests were able to comfortably enjoy both outdoor and indoor activities and usher in the Christmas season,” says veteran Spirit of Christmas producer Michael Wipf.
Guests bundled up with scarves and hats and threaded their way through the throngs, stopping to pet the animals at the Alder acres petting zoo, enjoy the performers entertaining on the mainstage, and to watch the Living Nativity production that was performed in a make-shift stable.
The hub of activity took place in the Reimer Student Centre as Adam the Balloon sculptor once again awed the crowds by twisting balloons into impossible shapes, like giraffes, aliens and crowns. At the Craft Fair, guests paused to look at what the artisan’s had been busy preparing, over the weeks leading up to the event, from handmade sheepskin slippers, unique one-of-a-kind jewelry to gourmet chocolate.
Shari Taylor of Aldergrove, displayed her colorful collection of handspun creations and the spinning wheel at the heart of her art. Taylor was excited to be apart of the event and eager to meet people who stopped to look. “The kids loved watching me spin, and it is fun to see people trying on the hats and scarves.”
The collaborative effort of many enabled the event with its variety of activities and performances to run smoothly, as TWU Executive Director of Development Andry Tjahyana states, “We are so thankful to our partners and sponsors that come along side us each year to support our vision for the Great West Life Spirit of Christmas. So many families in our community come out and enjoy the festivities and it helps raise awareness and support local charities.”
Wipf concludes, “Each year I am so thankful to have a community celebration like this that raises money for much needed charities like the Salvation Army and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. I am pleased that this year was again a wonderful success.”
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2009-12-08