Snapshots: Global Holiday Tree Samples Traditions from the Diverse World of Webster

| December 4, 2013
Ornaments come from a diverse array of cultures -- and climates -- around the Webster worldwide community.

Ornaments come from a diverse array of cultures — and climates — around the Webster worldwide community.

The ornaments come from far and wide, representing different cultures, campus locations, and holiday traditions. They are the art and artifacts that decorate the Global Holiday Tree on the home campus each December.

Students pinned ornaments or added their New Year's wishes to the tree.

Students pinned ornaments or added their New Year’s wishes to the tree.

From the “Space Coast” campuses of Florida to the shores on the Gulf of Thailand, these ornaments offer a glimpse of the many places where Webster University community members study, teach or call home.

President Beth Stroble kicked off Tuesday’s tree trimming party by adding a new ornament from Dubai, via friends in Geneva. Such new ornaments submitted from around the Webster worldwide network are added to the permanent collection that decorates the tree each year.

At Tuesday’s party, students, staff and faculty were invited to add an ornament or a New Year’s wish to the tree.

What’s Your Tradition? Keep It in Mind for the 2014 Tree

As you celebrate your own family and cultural traditions this winter, keep the Webster University Global Holiday Tree in mind for next year. Have an ornament or symbol that represents those traditions? Keep it in mind and be ready to send it in next year to help celebrate the season and its diverse traditions at Webster.

The 2013 Global Holiday Tree is located in the staircase window between the first and second floors of the University Center.

View more pictures from Tuesday’s event in this Facebook album.

Category: Campus Snapshots

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