The Best Of The Best Penn State Holiday Decorations
Winter break’s major holidays have come and gone, leaving us plenty of time to sit back and let Netflix distract us from our recovering bank accounts. As a further distraction, we asked you to send us your best Penn State-themed holiday decorations, and once again you did not disappoint. We received many festive submissions that showed off the holiday spirit. Take a look at our favorites:
Ali Herr’s festive floor went all out this year for its holiday door-decorating. The fourth floor of Porter Hall was inspired to decorate to help get in the holiday spirit and of course, for bragging rights.
College of Nursing 2014 alumna Stephanie Teklits is proud to come from a huge Penn State family. With her dad being an alumnus of ’85 and her brother currently attending, the family knows all about bleeding blue and white. This tree was decorated by Stephanie’s dad for his “man cave” for their house in Yardville, NJ. The football helmet topper is the perfect final touch.
Dave Knight, Adam Libonati, and Daniele Sipes displayed their Penn State holiday spirit for all to see this season. Located in Copper Beach, the inspiration was, “The holiday spirit and Penn State love.”
Beaver Stadium was completed by Marissa Guarriello, a music education major, along with English major Claire Silva and Theater Performance major Darah Donaher. The three 2016 grads worked together to replicate our stadium as accurately as possible. Old Main was done by David Guarriello and Emily Rapp, both from the Class of 2019. 14 pounds of powdered sugar, 42 eggs for the icing, two large bags of marshmallows, and six gingerbread kits were the ingredients to make these incredibly festive replicas possible.
Freshmen Bella Martin and and Kayla Buckley are loving their first year and holiday season. The two girls spent two hours decorating their door, which they said needed to be done to match the festiveness the inside of their room had. Everything they used was from McLanahan’s.
Michael Collins, Steve Matthews, Evan Rathbun, Matt Fahey, Dimitri Kiaoulias, and Kody Clawson from the Altoona area did not hold back at all this holiday season while showing their school pride. The Nittany Lion was laid out by hand on chicken wire and hangs from the front porch. Although hard to see in the picture, the white lights above the Nittany Lion read, “409.” More than 3000 lights were used for decorating the whole house.
Val Pascoe, Sarah Racoosin, Julie Whelan, and Shannon Daugherty are residents of Nittany Apartments and their creativity this holiday season is nothing short of amazing. The decked-out tree is covered with Penn State ornaments and sits nicely next to a homemade fireplace complete with stockings and pretend blue and white fire.
Katie and Pat DePietro Abbott met in McKean Hall back in 2004, their freshman year. They were married in 2012 and are expecting their first baby any day now. To celebrate all the joy this holiday season, the couple decided to make their tree extra special. The ornaments and tree topper are used to celebrate their beloved alma mater. The ornaments will be hard not to copy next year for your own.
Becca Rendulic and Chris Burge decorated their own Christmas tree this year which sits in Eastview Terrace. The tree holds buttons and beads that the two have collected from football and volleyball games to give extra spirit. It also has a few hand-painted snow flakes made at craft night in the HUB.
As the pictures show, the holiday spirit and love for Happy Valley is strong this holiday season. Happy Holidays to everyone, and let us know which holiday decoration is your favorite.
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