CAB brings a winter wonderland to the Cistern

Free hot chocolate and pixie sticks! (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Free hot chocolate and pixie sticks! (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

“We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way! Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland”… but wait, we live in the South, how could there possibly be a winter wonderland? Well, on Monday, December 1st, the Cougar Activities Board made it happen. The Cistern was packed with various winter activities that brought the holiday spirit in and the stress of exams week out.

Everybody loves the movie Frozen, especially on the first day of December. CAB brought the movie to the big screen and had it playing throughout the night. Students were heard singing along to “Let It Go” and quoting their favorite characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf as they sipped on hot cocoa with marshmallows and candy canes. This Disney newbie was the perfect way to spark the joy of winter and see to some snow fall on campus — even if it was on a screen.

Students creating holiday themed crafts (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Students creating holiday themed crafts (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Of course, winter would not be winter without holiday crafts. Arts and crafts projects at the craft table ranged from decorating stockings to creating Rudolph themed Christmas ornaments. And of course, there were tons of sparkles and glitter to kindle the Christmas decorating mood. Other stations around the Cistern included a “corn-hole” inspired game where students could win prizes for throwing a marshmallows through hole in a cup of hot chocolate and a table full of free flip-flops — which didn’t really fit the theme, but who cares — they were free!

Students skating on George Street (Photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Students skating on George Street (Photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

The highlight of the night was the ice-skating rink. Yes, that’s right, there really was a skating rink! George Street became a mini, southern version of Rockefeller Center as students spun and twirled (and fell down) on real ice skates. Of course, real ice would have melted in an instant so the “ice” was fake, but the skating was just as fun and just as wintry! One student, Sara Richards, said “ice-skating was so hard! I thought I was about to break my ankle!” Across from the frigid ice rink was a giant inflatable snow globe that people could go inside of! Freshman Ashley Bass, after coming out of the giant globe said, “I felt like I was in that movie SnowGlobe”on ABC Family!”

Freshmen Molly Deese and Sara Richards showing off their ice-skates (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

Freshmen Molly Deese and Sara Richards showing off their ice-skates (photo by Jessica Wilkinson)

From the free food and hot chocolate to the ice-skating, the Cistern was truly transposed into a astonishing wonderland of winter festivities. CAB really knows how to kindle the holiday spirit and bring a wintry, snowy and frosty essence right here to Charleston. So as you are trudging through finals week and counting down the days to go home, keep in mind the wonder of the winter season and the cheerful spirit that is December. Happy holidays!

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Jessica Wilkinson is a feature writer at CisternYard News. She is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and History with a minor in Political Science. In her free time, she can be found binge-watching Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, doing Muay Thai Kickboxing and spending as much time as possible on Pinterest. She aspires to be the best history teacher your kids will ever have while spending her summers writing and traveling the world.


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