Christmas Looks Different for Families This Year

  Christmas is a wonderful time to get together with family, spread love, appreciation, and exchange gifts. However, Christmas is not the same in every family, from the food you eat to the unique traditions this holiday can be celebrated in many different ways.

  Many families have special things they do each year on Christmas Eve that carry on as traditions.

  “It’s always been a tradition that my big family gets together on Christmas Eve to celebrate,” said sophomore Emily George. “However, this year it’s a little difficult because we can’t have a huge celebration due to Corona.” 

  Other families in the district have Christmas traditions that occur each year on Christmas Day.

  “We always have a big family reunion where we eat and just visit with each other,” said sophomore Alyssa Stoner. “It’s always super fun, but unfortunately we cannot do that this year.” 

  Christmas is also a fun holiday and becomes a time of year many people look forward to for many different reasons.

  “I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family,” said Stoner. “I always have a great time with my cousins so it’ll be nice to be with them all.” 

  There are also many winter activities that students look forward to around this time of year.

  “My favorite part about Christmas is getting to see all of the pretty Christmas lights,” George said. “I also enjoy hanging out with all my cousins and family.” 

  Although it seems as many families traditions are very similar, there are some unique traditions amongst the Cloverleaf families. 

  “Every year, there are pickle ornaments hidden in my tree,” Cloverleaf family member Carol said. “The kids all race to find them and there are certain gifts given to whoever finds them first.  It is really a fun time and the kids look forward to it.”

  Overall, Christmas will look a little different this year due to COVID-19, and changes may occur, but that isn’t such a bad thing when it comes to Bree Carroll’s point of view.

  According to an interview from, Carroll states that COVID changing holiday traditions doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.

  “We have to get creative and just focus on the heart of the why. Why are we getting together for these holidays?” Carroll says.