It’s the Holiday Season…

For many individuals, a late Thanksgiving can make it tough to get into the winter holiday spirit. Additionally, colder temperatures and final exams here at Harvard can certainly put a damper on merriment and fun. Fortunately, the Graduate Commons Program didn’t miss a beat after a long weekend of turkey and all the fixings—indeed across all three areas, GCP embraced the opportunity to dance to classic Christmas tunes, decorate amazing trees, and take funny photos with holiday-themed props.

Garden Street Tree

Garden Street Tree

Akron Holiday Happy Hour

Akron Holiday Happy Hour

The monthly First Friday Happy Hour event kicked off holiday shenanigans in all areas. Over at Peabody Terrace, CA Lauren took over the dance floor, encouraging residents to swing along and enjoy holiday cookies and caprese skewers. There was quite an abundance of red and green, that’s for sure!

Lauren groovin to the beat

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Holiday Eats!












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The Peabody Terrace Tree

At 29 Garden Street, residents struck a pose in front of a decorated fireplace, all the while trying on a variety of props to show their Christmas spirits. Garden residents also got a chance to sample awesome cannolis from the famous Mike’s Pastry Shop. Holiday-themed events continued throughout the weekend, including a customizable hot cocoa bar and family-oriented arts and crafts.

holiday props

Santa! I know him!


Choose your Picture Prop

ca fun

A Very Merry Cannoli Christmas

cocoa barartscrafts

Down at the Riverside properties, Christmas character gloves made an appearance at the last Happy Hour of 2014. The following day, Cowperthwaite FDs Jenn and Brian welcomed residents over to help decorate their 12 foot tall tree! From babies to doggies, everyone was in a festive mood. And despite the exams and final papers, Riverside residents took advantage of a DIY gingerbread house decorating event hosted by CA, Vaughn. Letting the creative juices flow all while enjoying a holiday film and the good company of neighbors and friends definitely helped alleviate the worry and stress so often associated with the end of the semester.


These bring a whole new meaning to ‘spirit fingers’


CA Tiffany tackling the holiday roulade

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Trimming the CWP Tree

santa pup


jing and linda




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Riverside Holiday Tree Trimming Group


Master gingerbread house makers


Rooftop decor











Even though we are all about to bid adieu to 2014, we hope you look forward to joining GCP in 2015 to take advantage of great events and programs like those you see above. If there is something you want to see on the GCP calendar, tell us! Your GCP Coordinators are eager to hear from you and provide you with activities that you want to do. Thanks for a great first semester, and as always, keep an eye out for more great events and happenings brought to you by the Graduate Commons Program.