Kappa Omega Tau Hosts 40th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 29, 2005

by Angela Best

Kappa Omega Tau (KOT) and the Place2BU are teaming up to host the 40th annual KOT Christmas Tree Lighting/Christmas on Fifth Street at 7 p.m. Thursday in Burleson Quadrangle on the Baylor campus.

This year's traditional event features a concert, live nativity scene, children's carnival, pictures with Santa Claus, free horse-drawn hayrides, a holiday arts fair, caroling, cider and hot chocolate, and vendors with snacks.

"It's such a great time for all of Baylor to get together and celebrate Christ's birth and to just have a good time," said Dillon Meek, Christmas tree lighting chair and KOT member.

The Christmas tree, which was cut down by KOT members at a ranch in Canton, will be lit at 7 p.m.

This year's concert will consist of three bands including Monk & Neagle, Shawn McDonald and Dave Barnes.

The men of KOT are known to put a lot of work into the event, from cutting down, decorating, and safeguarding the Christmas tree, arranging reservations and hotel rooms for the bands, to selling t-shirts for the event.

"They work so hard and care so much about doing this for Baylor," Meek said. "Service is KOT's goal - it's what we stand for."

The concert is free and open to the public. T-shirts for the event are being sold in Collins, Memorial and Penland cafeterias.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas on Fifth Street, visit www.baylor.edu/place2bu.

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