SSU#039;s Planetarium to present holiday show

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 3, 2004

'Tis the season for decorating Christmas trees with sparkling lights, burning the Yule log, and lighting the Menorah!

These are traditions that have been passed down from one generation to another for hundreds of years.

But, have you ever wondered about the meaning behind these celebrated traditions?

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Shawnee State University's (SSU) Clark Planetarium will present "Season of Light," a show that explores the meaning behind these traditions and others.

The show traces the development of many holiday customs, including gift-giving, Christmas carols, and kissing under the mistletoe!

"The 'Season of Light' show tells the historical background of Christmas and Hanukkah, and it explains the origins of many of the customs that have become associated with them, such as Christmas trees and mistletoe," said Timothy Hamilton, assistant professor of physics at SSU.

Beginning Dec. 1 and ending Jan. 1, the show will be presented at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday except Christmas Day.

The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and the money will be collected at the door.