A Very COVID Christmas

Julianna Mariani ‘24

Eggplant Staff Writer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I don’t know about everyone else, but as soon as I finished swallowing my Nana’s turkey and mashed potatoes it was instant Christmas mode. The car ride home consisted of Mariah Carey on full blast and a drive around Hubbard Park to see the lights. We got our Christmas tree the very next day, which I’m proud to say I picked out. When decorating I skipped three days and changed every calendar in the house to December, with my younger sister yelling at me to stop trying to fast forward through time all the while. But that’s the thing, I’d love to fast forward through time. In fact, I’d really appreciate it if my Christmas gift this year was a time machine (someone’s gotta have invented one by now). 2020 has been the most chaotic year so obviously I would skip right through New Year’s Eve but something tells me the first six months of 2021 aren’t going to be much better so it’d probably be best to just fast forward an entire year. By then life will be back to “normal.” At least that’s what I’ve been told. 

It’s funny though because as much as I’d like to submerge myself completely in tinsel and garland, this holiday season is going to be wildly different from any in the past. Of course I’m “trying to stay positive” which is what my parents tell me to do every day of my life (which is obviously a huge help) but it’s almost impossible to do that when your senior year of high school and freshman year of college were basically stripped from you. Love my family to death but the idea of going through another quarantine with them in the dead of winter is not exactly ideal. The big ticket item on my Christmas list this year is a vaccine but I’ll probably end up with some Rudolf masks and “Santa Scented Sanitizer” in my stocking instead. There are some good things about Christmas in a pandemic though. No awkward reunions, no distant relatives pinching your cheeks and asking if you’ve “got a boyfriend yet,” and of course, a ton of free time to watch every single Christmas movie to ever exist and build snowmen, that is if global warming permits. Oh the joy of being a cynical 18 year old during a pandemic!

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