Photos: Christmas Cheer in a Most Unlikely Location

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Each November, Larry Washington decorates the freight elevator in the DePaul Center with an explosion of Christmas cheer. Washington, who has operated this particular elevator for more than a decade, is accustomed to a flood of visitors in November and December as DePaul faculty and staff stop by for a joyful ride. “People like to bring me stuff,” Washington says. “One guy brought me a Feliz Navidad sign, and another guy’s daughter made me a Hanukkah plaque.” Most visitors want their photo taken next to the mini Christmas tree. “If they come back the next day, I give them a copy of the photo,” Washington notes. As for the other photo? It gets added to an endlessly proliferating collage of merry faces adorning the elevator walls.

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