A twist on a UD tradition

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The Dead Day art sale and Advent Market

On this last day of classes for the fall semester, we prepare to face finals: learning our exam schedule, penciling in when to eat and sleep and holing up in a corner of the library if we are lucky enough to find an empty spot. However, for freshmen and academic recluses, this might lead to missing a wholesome tradition of UD.

There is an art sale in Haggar foyer on Dead Day every semester featuring the works of UD students inside and outside the art major who sell pieces in a variety of media. The artistic students at UD, having worked tirelessly in refining their craft, always have an impressive repertoire of works to share.

Here you can find ceramic bowls and mugs, prints, paintings, soaps, scrunchies and more! It’s a great place to find a unique Christmas present as well as to take a much-needed break from your studies.

This year the Art Village Association is teaming up with the German club to produce an Advent Market at the Dead Day Art Sale. This market is meant to imitate the style of the Christmas markets in Germany — something few of us are familiar with unless we’ve had the good fortune to be in Germany in early winter.

The Christmas markets of Germany are a centuries-old tradition, beginning somewhere near the early 15th century. Vendors, artists and other craftsmen group together to sell their wares, especially in preparation for Christmas. Future Christmas presents and edible delicacies fill the stalls while carolers sing nearby. Mulled wine or hot cider is served to protect from the winter chill.

While we are not amidst the glittering beauty of the Black Forest in winter, snowed-in instead by the stress of final exams, we still have talented UD artisans selling their goods alongside some German specialties.

The Dead Day Art sale will take place from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, with the Advent Market joining in from 5-7 p.m.. This event will feature the traditional music, food and drinks in the hopes of bringing a piece of art and community amidst a time of great mental and emotional resolve.

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