The Residence Hall Association hosted the 34th annual Holiday Extravaganza on Tuesday night in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza, featuring holiday performances, games, activities and the lighting of the SFA Christmas tree.
The Residence Hall Association created this event in 1985 to connect the community to campus. Since then, it has been a yearly tradition for both the people of Nacogdoches and the SFA community. Since this event is planned by the Residence Hall Association, every Residence Hall has a Hall Council that plans a booth. The RHA executive board is in charge of planning, creating and directing the event.
Lumberjack Lodge had a game called, “Snowman Bowling.” Kerr had a dreidel activity. Hall 16 had a table with cookie decorating. North Hall, South Hall and Wisely came together to do a Mug Cake Walk. Hall 20’s table was for writing letters to Santa Claus. Lumberjack Village had a photo booth with holiday-themed props to take pictures with. Lumberjack Landing had a game called “Pin the Nose on the Reindeer.” Griffith had a table where there were giving away hot chocolate. Mays and Hall 10 were doing a game called, “Candy Cane Catch” together. Steen was doing a “Reindeer Toss.” Finally, Hall 14 had a table where people could decorate ornaments.
There were also tables set up by various organizations on campus. The Impact Movement had a table filled with resources and was giving away Christmas candies that stated, “Take it if you need it. Pass it on if you don’t.” Talking Hands had an artwork display project with oil pastel candy canes. The Geologic Association of Students had a Christmas ornament decorating for Autism awareness. Phi Rho Psi had a Christmas tree made out of construction paper. Phi Theta Gamma had a table with DIY stress balls. SFA Curvez had a holiday themed interactive robotics exhibition. The Engineering Student Organization had a Christmas themed ornament making of a small car. Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue had a display called “Pin The Nose on the Rudolph.” The National Society of Collegiate Scholars had a table with trail mix as a source of food to provide the reindeer that people can put together themselves and face painting as well.
The night began at 5 p.m. where attendees were able to take part in the various games and activities for an hour. The Spirit Lounge was then set up for pictures with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Brownies and hot chocolate were also set up. The performances featured various choirs, performers and singers, performing Christmas songs. SFA president Dr. Scott Gordon was then introduced before giving a speech talking about SFA’s accomplishments this year. After the speech, he introduced Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. The SFA purple Christmas tree was then lit, along with all the Christmas lights across campus. People were free to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside or to visit more tables.