Various festive happenings are taking place on campus to ring in the holiday season. All you have to do is look around at the posted signs in the cafeteria or over the post office boxes. Or keep your eyes and ears open to the exciting sights, sounds and the overall atmosphere of Christmas at St. Olaf. Student organizations are getting involved to make the season brighter for others in spite of the anxiety of upcoming finals. The Volunteer Network is sponsoring a drive for mittens. Located right under the stairwell on the second level of Buntrock, there are friendly faces advocating for a worthy cause. A one dollar donation will help to purchase mittens for needy children in a shelter in Redwing. The Inter-Hall Council in collaboration with Peg Walter, Assistant Director of Residence Life, decided to host pictures with Santa on Tuesday. As an annual event, the group picks one night to bring holiday cheer to the student body during dinnertime by offering tasty candy canes and a memorable picture with Santa Claus. Toys for Tots, a national organization that addresses needs and wishes of children during the holiday season will take donations all day on Thursday. Christmas ornaments will be sold by Habitat for Humanity this Thursday through Sunday as a fundraiser to benefit the group's upcoming activities including the greatly anticipated Spring Break mission trip. In case all of these ideas are not enough to fill one's holiday cheer, join the peer educators in the wellness programs they have organized with special holiday incentives. Within the next few weeks before break, the peer educators will be hosting an array of activities including Christmas card making and generating creative gift ideas. The most popular event around campus that always promises to be well-attended during the season is the Annual Christmas Festival. The Skoglund Center is decorated and ready to go for thousands of fans, parents and students who will delight in the amazing concert that has come to be a tradition at St. Olaf. Tickets are scarce, but there are still some determined folks to find a spot within the spectacle as a treat to lift their holiday spirits. If you are a person who enjoys the little things in life, perhaps a nice walking tour around campus could release some tension. The beautiful decorations in Buntrock courtesy of Bachman's include wonderful Christmas tree decorations that light up the Crossroads. Enjoy the vivid imaginative lighting done by residents in your hall. Or, enjoy the snow that finally came to illustrate an all too familiar "White Christmas." This shortened time for finals preparation and the holiday season has been fairly hectic for everyone, but there are those who make the crunch all worth it by dedicating time, compassion and unforgettable smiles.