Letter: Christmas Spirit Burns Bright

To the Editor:

Come celebrate the Christmas Mystery with local area high school seniors as they gather by candlelight on Sunday, Dec. 16, to present a choral re-enactment of the nativity of Jesus. Performances will be in Dartmouth College’s Rollins Chapel at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This year will be the 96th celebration of the Christmas Mystery, an annual tradition that stretches back to 1917. Students dressed as angels and shepherds combine with their fathers as senior shepherds and community members as wise men to tell the Christmas story through carols.

A highlight of the pageant is always the performance of We Three Kings, when the kings arrive, with an adorable page in tow, to present their gifts. The spirit of giving continues through the next song, O Come All Ye Faithful, when audience members are invited to come forward to lay gifts at the manger. These gifts are given to the Upper Valley Haven and Hannah House and should be wrapped and marked with the age and gender of the intended recipient. The Christmas Mystery performance itself is supported by voluntary donations that may be made on leaving the chapel.

Come join with the voices of angels, shepherds and kings to share the flame of Christmas spirit that has been passed on through this holiday tradition for nearly a hundred years.

Susan Pepin

Christmas Mystery Committee