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Seton Hall Named Best College for Christmas – Again  

2017 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Presidents Hall. The University has been ranked first in the nation for "holiday events" three years in a row.

Again noting that "there is no shortage of Christmas events at Seton Hall University," where "festivities abound and students will ring in the Christmas cheer," Best College Reviews recognized Seton Hall as the best college in America for "Holiday Events." Seton Hall has been named the best college in the nation for its Christmas celebration since the ranking’s inception in 2015.

As part of this recognition, Best College Reviews, a popular ranking service for American colleges and universities, notes that the Christmas Kindness movement started here at Seton Hall and recounts how nursing student Hillary Sadlon, "spurred the SHU community to give unselfishly to others," and how "last year, hundreds of simple and sincere acts of kindness lit up social media and motivated others to join the '12 Acts of Kindness' movement."

Seton Hall topped the list of the 45 best schools chosen for the accolade, with the ranking based on the following criteria:

  • Number and variety of events – 40%
  • Number of days events are offered – 20%
  • Uniqueness of events – 20%
  • Community involvement – 20%

This year, the University added events and enhanced campus lighting for the tree lighting event, which featured Crèche blessings, Christmas lessons and carols, hot cocoa and a 60-foot Norway Spruce adorned with 43,000 Christmas lights. In the region, the tree is believed to be surpassed in stature and illumination by only the tree in Rockefeller Center, and functions—along with the spirit of kindness and generosity—as a centerpiece of Christmas at the Hall.

Fr. Brian Needles speaking at the Christmas Tree Lighting"We celebrate our faith and take joy in the Christmas traditions at Seton Hall as we come together united in the spirit of this holy season," said Fr. Brian Needles, Director of Campus Ministry. "Our celebration is focused on the gift of kindness to others as we share but a small portion of the bounty we have received as members of the Seton Hall family. Through our toy, food and sock drives as well as countless acts of Christmas Kindness we ourselves receive the blessings of Christmas." He continued, "We are honored by this recognition of the Seton Hall community and the beauty of Christmas at the Hall. I sincerely hope it will serve to let others know and join in the #ChristmasKindness movement."

To learn more about the Christmas Kindness movement and hear some suggestions how you can take part, visit #ChristmasKindness through social media or on the Seton Hall website at Christmas Kindness 2017.

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