“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere.”- Richard Curtis, Love Actually.
It’s that time of year again when we can expect to see twinkling fairy lights hang above the streets and an abundance of Terry’s Chocolate Orange filling the supermarket shelves, ready to be gobbled down by excited children on Christmas morning. Signs of the festive season appear from every corner; on Hope Street the first Christmas tree stands proud in the window, its glittering baubles wink at those who pass by, down by Swilcan Bridge a thin layer of ice sits on top of the stream, and behind closed doors Love Actually is being played on repeat. St Andrews overflows with holiday spirit. But no matter how cosy and magical the town feels, the end of the semester is approaching and students are beginning to miss home. They long for their loved ones and the unique traditions that create their Christmas experience.
Students need something to look forward too, something to get them through the dreary winter weather and the dread of exams. For this reason, there is no better time than now to announce the approach of the Mermaids annual Christmas Ball. This year the theme of their event is ‘Around the World’. The focus is on the holiday season in general. It celebrates the varying customs and traditions that make up people’s Christmases from all over the globe. The Mermaids invite us all to embrace our cultural differences and to enjoy the ball with our friends at Kinkell Brye on the 1st of December.
As the University’s Performing Arts Fund, the Mermaids’ creativity, talent and ability to shape spectacles shines through in their events. Over the past years, they have successfully transported their guests to winter wonderlands and the fictional world of Lewis Carroll. The amount of hard work, effort and love they put into the ball transfers directly onto students, and kindles a warm Christmas ethos. We can expect to see festive decorations draped around the barn and delicious sweet treats sugar coating counters. This year there will be a flowing chocolate fountain, and despite the winter weather, Jannetta’s will be serving ice cream cones to those who can brave the cold.
Christmas Ball offers students a final opportunity to dance and be merry before the semester comes to a close. So swap your ugly Christmas jumper for your black-tie attire and get ready to rock around a Christmas tree.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas.