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December 25th, the beloved holiday, Christmas. People all around the world have memories of yearly traditions of opening presents and spending time with family, but in a pandemic, how might this change? We went to some ordinary Christmas lovers to find out…
As we all know, Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the whole world and continues to do so. So many people are curious how this will alter Christmas 2020.
“Every Christmas since I was born, we travel…to see extended family. We are probably not going to be going this year because of the many Covid restrictions,” said Ellie Haseloff, junior at West Jessamine High School. “We will only be celebrating with immediate family.”
Not only will celebration plans be different but the most popular tradition of gift giving has already proven to be unlike other years. Rather than seeing crowded stores on Black Friday, millions of people hopped online to find that perfect present. Sales for many large online-based companies have gone through the roof during this quarantine time as shoppers try to stay safe.
“I would expect that many more shoppers will turn to virtual shopping this year,” said Amy Richmond, WJMS College and Career Readiness teacher. “Retail has been reduced to 33% which means that busy stores may result in having customers wait outside the store before entering. Shoppers may find it easier and safer to use online shopping tools instead.”
With all of these changes, one thing that people are grateful for is decorating. That’s right, putting up the Christmas tree, hanging stockings and Christmas lights. Yards all around are being adorned with big Santa blow ups and nativity scenes.
West Middle seventh-grade student Grace O´Neal says that her favorite tradition is, “the Christmas tree, decorating, and just having it there.”
Some people may not regularly spend Christmas with their extended family so they may not have to take as many precautions, but for those who still hope to see those outside of their household are planning to be safe; especially for older relatives.
“I have a Grandmother who is 93. She is the most at risk of the virus,” said Richmond. “She will not be attending the large family gathering, but I plan on stopping by her house on Christmas day for a masked, socially distanced visit.”