The campus community joyfully celebrated the Christmas Season with the annual Home for the Holidays and Employee Christmas celebrations. A blessing and lighting of the creche, singing Christmas carols, lighting the tree in front of the LaPenta Student Union and the arrival of santa in a custom made "santa mobile" officially kicked-off the holiday season on Iona's campus. As students prepared for the end of the fall semester, the beginning of final exams and their return home for the winter recess, the joy of the season could be felt all across campus. In addition, Iona employees were treated to the annual Christmas celebration in McSpedon's Burke Lounge to enjoy good food, fun and friendship. President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., welcomed the staff to the annual event wishing them a great holiday and heartfelt thanks for their continued good work and support of Iona College.