By Christina Meiser
In the eyes of many FSC students, December is the the most wonderful time of the year. Just like millions of families across the nation, the Florida Southern College community has its own unique set of Christmas traditions. From the giant tree on Mr. George’s Green to snow slides and pancakes, Florida Southern has it all.
Pancake Palooza is an event held in Wynee’s Bistro, also known as “the Caf,” the night before finals week each fall. This year, it will be held Dec. 11, from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Students will have a chance to enter a raffle to win a variety of prizes as they indulge on platefuls of pancakes.
“Prizes always vary, but last year we had a FitBit, an iPad, a GoPro and many other things,” said Center for Student Involvement Intern Tyler Philolius.
Another FSC Christmas tradition is the Winter Wonderland. Each year, the Center for Student Involvement teams up with Community Living to put on a winter themed experience for the students. Winter Wonderland’s main attraction is the snow slide; a steep, seemingly intimidating slide covered in snow and ice.
Winter Wonderland takes upwards of two months to plan, and there are quite a few challenges accompanied with planning such an occasion. If outside vendors are running late or not performing correctly, it can certainly throw things off and become quite stress inducing for those working behind the scenes.
Nevertheless, Winter Wonderland is a tradition that many students enjoy.
“Winter Wonderland is my favorite Christmas tradition at Florida Southern,” said FSC Senior Johnathon Fivecoat. “I like that it brings the community together.”
The neighborhoods surrounding Florida Southern are beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with residents putting up decorations and lights in their yards. Christmas tree tents are sprouting up all over town and stores are staying busier for longer periods of time as people shop for the perfect gifts.
FSC’s campus traditions allow students to enjoy the season despite the sunny weather.