Christmas in the Great Hall December 9, 2013 By Elisabeth Kvernen Leave a Comment Every year the Saint John’s community cuts a large evergreen tree from its Arboretum to install in the Great Hall. Students, faculty, staff, monastics, and family members alike have often wondered, “How do you get such a huge tree into the church without taking the roof off and dropping it in?!” The answer: you pull it in! Like this post? Subscribe to have new posts sent to you by email the same day they are posted.