Season’s Greetings from William & Mary

By Faye Shealy

President Reveley has sent a special message to the William & Mary community located far and wide. It is that special time of the year when students are finishing exams and preparing for winter break with family and friends.  The campus and Williamsburg are abuzz with activity. The Yule Log ceremonies graced the Wren Courtyard Saturday night with much holly cast into a roaring fire in the Great Hall.  It’s one of William & Mary’s best annual traditions – each person at the ceremony is given a sprig of holly and asked to brush it against the yule log as it passes by for good luck.  Later, we throw the sprig into the fire, symbolizing the disposal of all cares and troubles of the past year.


This year our holiday greeting to all here and around the world is sent with grieving hearts for those families in Connecticut who were so terribly hurt last Friday and whose pain is so enormous. Like millions of others, we grieve with Connecticut and those who have experienced Hurricane Sandy and other difficulties.

The Wren Chapel is a quiet place for reflection on campus.  We hope you have quiet moments along with festive ones and extend wishes for a safe holiday season and a wonderful year ahead.