As the semester draws to a close and holiday season approaches – amid the most deadly period of the COVID-19 pandemic so far – students say they will adapt their holiday plans accordingly.
“I’m going to go back to my parents’ house,” said sophomore musical theater major Mitchell Calderilla of Moreno Valley. “We’ve always been to a couple of different Christmas light shows which are set up beautifully and this year, there will be a way for cars to watch the lights alongside pedestrians.”
“I’m looking forward to just being able to relax by reading a few books and maybe visit some friends and family that I haven’t seen in forever,” said sophomore liberal arts major Scheradyn Hall of Los Angeles. “It seems like the city is going to be completely shut down.”
Hall added that she misses being around people.
“I’m going to have a Zoom session with my extended family,” said sophomore educational studies major Lauren Holcomb.
Holcomb added that she also looks forward to doing Christmas karaoke, and watching holiday movies with her immediate family.
“Though my family has been cautious of the virus, we are committed to seeing each other on this special day but safely of course,” said sophomore English major Emily Quinoy.
She said her family will also eat tamales, drink champurrado, Mexican hot cocoa, and play Uno on Christmas Eve.
“Family time is extremely important to us and we’ll continue to enjoy time together on Christmas Day in some festive pajamas, watch Christmas movies and feast on leftovers,” she said.
“Usually we go to Ecuador to spend Christmas with our families over there but obviously plans are cancelled because of COVID-19,” said sophomore international studies major Brianna Baquerizo.
Baquerizo said that this year she wants to focus on giving back to the community and will be preparing care packages for homeless people.
“The holidays are a time to show appreciation to our loved ones, but we should not forget about those who don’t have anyone to go to and are alone as well,” she said.
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