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COVID Couldn't Cage Christmas

Logan Forren, freshman, stands at a Pittsburgh Steeler's game before Christmas in 2011. (Courtesy Photo)

By Chloe Coleman--Eagle Staff Writer

Many students regard Christmas as the best time of the year. In fact, according to, Christmas is most American’s favorite holiday, with 46% of people thinking Christmas is the best.

This past Christmas was unlike any other, and students had different ways to prepare for it this year.

“Before Christmas, I usually watch a lot of football. I also usually throw a Christmas party before Christmas," said Logan Forren, a freshman.

In a year without COVID, he would be at a football game.

"I really like to watch football, and I am a die-hard Steeler's fan. I would love to go to a game around Christmas time again" he said.

However, the pandemic changed his Christmas Day.

“This year, I only went to a small breakfast at my brother's house," Forren said.

Along with seeing football in person, other things were different for him this year as well.

“Christmas traditions like my mom's Christmas party and going to the Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas Celebration were be put off this year,” Forren explained.

Some traditions, however, remained in tact.

“My favorite thing to do for Christmas is hard to choose, so it’d be three things. For one, I love to spend time with my family. Another thing I love to do is wrap presents. In addition to those, I love going to see Christmas lights,” said freshman Daniella Puccio.

However, the things students don’t like about Christmas did not change.

“I love everything about Christmas, besides the cold weather. I prefer warm weather, and it’s hard to enjoy the outdoors when it is freezing cold,” Puccio said.

For sophomore Savannah Hodges, there were no changes in her traditions.

“Every year, I celebrate Christmas by spending time with my family. This year, it stayed the same,” she said. “For Christmas, I always wake up on Christmas morning and open presents with my family."

Hodges thinks that Christmas has a deeper meaning than opening presents.

“I think coming together and spreading love and kindness is the most important thing about Christmas,” she concluded.

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