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Even though I’ve been out of college for a few years, I always find myself thinking of Taylor University‘s famous Christmas traditions. Even these past few weeks, I’ve been telling different people about them. So it was a pleasant surprise to see a flurry of media hits about one of those traditions: Taylor’s annual Silent Night basketball game that takes place each December on the Friday before finals.

I’ll let this video from this year’s game show you what it’s all about:

On the last day of class during the fall semester, everyone would dress up in their pajamas and head over to Odle Arena for the Silent Night game. It was always PACKED. Everyone sits and is completely silent until Taylor scores 10 points. Then we all go crazy for the rest of the game! There were certain floors from the guys’ dorms that stood on the ends of the court–one floor, Broho, always dressed up as a nativity scene.

My roomie, Rachael, & me at the Christmas Fandango with Santa.

Then after the game we went to the dining commons for the Holipalooza (formerly Fandango), which was basically like a campus Christmas party. We decorated cookies, built gingerbread houses, and did other fun things. Then the university president always read Twas the Night Before Finals.

Those Silent Night games were the only basketball games I ever went to at Taylor, and I never missed them. Even when it was on my birthday one year! I feel so much Taylor pride to see this event getting press on ESPN (which says “prepare to love Taylor University”), SB Nation, Yahoo! Sports, and College Hoops Journal (so far). That’s awesome PR for the school, by the way. 🙂 It was just awesome to have our whole community come together during what is usually the most busy and stressful time for college students. The Taylor community is one of the biggest reasons why I chose the school.

If you don’t watch the entire video, I do think you should skip to the 2:30 mark to see all the students singing Silent Night while the game is coming to a close. The singing’s not all that great, but there’s just something so special about that moment.

What are some of your favorite Christmas memories or traditions? Did your college have any cool traditions?


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Happy Birthday, Lexie!

Today’s post is dedicated to my family’s newest pug, Lexie Madison Wong! She turns one year old today!! 🙂

Look at that cute pug face


This was back when she was still a little baby.
Lexie after a bath at the Doggy Day Spa
She can pick up full-size tennis balls!

Our family is having a party for Lexie next weekend. I know, some of you probably think we’re crazy and weird to have a birthday party for our dog, but that’s okay. We love our pugs. We had a few birthday parties for Jasmine (our first pug) and we celebrated her life at Jasmine’s Sweet 16 party (her last birthday with us). Dogs are like family members. Even though they don’t understand what’s going on (and babies don’t understand what’s going on either when it’s their birthday), any dog owner can’t deny the joy and laughter a dog brings into the home. There are so many stories I could tell about Jasmine–and now Lexie. Our lives were instantly brightened the night Lexie came to our house this past February. I only wish I lived at home so I could spend more time with her (and the rest of my family too). Someday I’ll have my own pug to love too. 🙂



Have you ever celebrated your pet’s birthday? What are some of your favorite memories with your pet?

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