While COVID-19 may have impacted the way we celebrate this year, families still looked forward to spending time together, especially following a year riddled with isolation and division.
Many families found themselves staying at home this holiday season to try and protect themselves against the spread of COVID-19 and for the sake of their community. Additionally, there were lots of late-night hot chocolates and evenings watching the Christmas tree twinkle at home versus traditionally larger family gatherings. Jewish families celebrated Hanukkah Dec. 10-18. It is no surprise that, regardless of Baylor family celebrations, many people expected to spend them together and in smaller groups than normal.
For the many Baylor families planning on staying near home, Christmas light displays are always among the fun festivities at the top of many people’s lists. Despite the fact that normal Christmas activities in Chattanooga will not be as frequent due to the rises in COVID-19 cases, outdoor activities are always a good hit with the family in terms of other festivities to look forward to. Many students anxiously awaited for the chance to take a trip down to Ice on the Landing.
Other families, however, had Christmas plans that involved leaving the Tennessee area with most people visiting family outside of the state. The many events that have taken place this year have since motivated people to continue traveling despite the CDC recommending otherwise. Despite the fact that COVID-19 is acting as a deterrent for travel, people did not refrain from traveling entirely. In fact, since Christmas is traditionally a family-centered holiday, many still wished to engage in travel in order to spend it together.