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Sororities kick off Christmas on the lane

December 18, 2014

 

CATHERINE BURKE

Staff Reporter  

Local children ride in a float during the parade, an annual event that circles the entirety of downtown Ruston–Photo by Brian Blakely

Local children ride in a float during the parade, an annual event that circles the entirety of downtown Ruston–Photo by Brian Blakely

 

Lights, garlands and blow-up snowmen dress the outside of houses throughout Ruston, but there is more to Christmas than just décor.

 

Decorations go deeper than what meets the eye for some organizations and families.

 

Victoria Pardue, one of the coordinators for the Panhellenic Council’s Christmas on the Lane, said decorating builds friendships and is a good time as well.

 

“It’s a time each sorority spends decorating their lodges,” she said. “The girls can get hot cocoa from the Panhellenic lodge, walk around to see other lodges and meet members of other sororities.”

 

Gabby Rangel, the other coordinator for Christmas on the Lane, said the yearly decorating is great for every house on the lane.

 

“It really gives us the chance to build Greek unity and appreciate one another during the holiday season,” she said.

 

She said the decorating process is not easy.

 

“Each house began decorating around 4 p.m. and will continue to decorate until 8 p.m.,” she said. “The decorations are so elaborate. It really gives that ‘home away from home’ feeling.”

 

Jordan Collis, a member of Sigma Kappa, said her chapter was aiming for a specific theme.

 

“We definitely tried to make our lodge feel very homey with a bit of a rustic theme and a lot of lights,” she said.

 

“The decorating process is so much fun.” All students enjoy decorating during the Christmas season, especially of the tree. Susannah LeBlanc said the Christmas tree is a tradition in her house.

 

“We’ve had real trees, fake trees, a white tree, an upside down tree, a tree in the shape of a cross and more. Every year is different,” said LeBlanc, sophomore sociology and Spanish major.

 

 

 Santa Claus and Rudolph drive through Ruston at the city’s annual Christmas parade–Photo by Brian Blakely

Santa Claus and Rudolph drive through Ruston at the city’s annual Christmas parade–Photo by Brian Blakely

LeBlanc said each year the tree is nothing less than extravagant.

 

“My favorite was a real tree that was bird themed,” she said. “It had crazy décor popping out of the top and every inch of it was covered in some type of crazy decoration.”

 

 

Paige Cooper, a senior pre-veterinary medicine major, said her family has a sporty tradition of its own.

 

 

“Every year we have a regular tree and a Denver Broncos tree,” she said. “It’s a white fake tree with all types of Broncos ornaments all over it, blue and orange lights and a Broncos Christmas hat as the star.”

 

 

She said her family loves the Broncos.

 

 

“Being from Colorado, you have to love Denver,” she said. “We’re die-hard Broncos fans and we have to represent.”

 

 

Victoria Pardue said decorations are just a small part of the holiday season as a whole.

 

 

“Decorating and parties are so much more than just that,” she said. “Traditions and family time during Christmas are so special and meaningful to so many groups and families.”

 

 

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