Villa Maria opened the school’s celebration of the Christmas season with the 4th annual tree lighting. Students, staff and family were met in the cafeteria with traditional carols. After hanging ornaments on the tree to represent each class, and lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath, the group processed out to the parking lot and gathered around the evergreen tree out front. Girls read several brief reflections on the meaning of the Christmas tree and its lights before flipping the switch to light the tree for the first time. All adjourned to the cafeteria for refreshments.