Students decorate their space for upcoming holidays
By Nicci Krause
Although Thanksgiving is right around the corner, Christmas will soon follow, and students are really looking forward to breaking out the ornaments and tinsel.
Junior psychology and biblical studies double major Rebecca Freitag and her roommates, who live in Clark Hall in Independence Village, said they are definitely going to put up Christmas decorations.
“We will probably put up a tree,” Freitag said. “And last year we made stockings for our roommates and hung them above the couch”
They don’t let the lack of a fireplace stop them from enjoying one of their favorite holiday traditions.
“My roommate also has Christmas pillows and signs that we always set out …. We put presents under the tree, and we’ll put lights up if they let us,” Freitag said.
Her favorite holiday decoration is the Christmas tree, and her favorite ornament depicts a nativity scene.
She said she loves going home during Christmas. Her mom decorates the inside of the house while her dad works on the lights outside.
“My dad is crazy on Christmas,” Freitag said. “There is a competition between houses every year in our neighborhood, and my dad puts up so many lights.”
She said that whenever her friends come over, they are shocked and comment on how much her family loves Christmas.
Sophomore chemistry major Tara Williams doesn’t have any plans to decorate her dorm room in Remschel Hall yet but is sure she will do something.
“At home we always put up lights and wreaths, Santa hats and a tree,” she said.
Meagan Bohne, a sophomore nursing major and her roommates plan to put up a couple of trees, tinsel and fake snow in their apartment in Tryon Hall.
She loves to decorate her house with lights, trees and a dancing Santa.
On the other hand, freshman athletic training major Bryan Brown and his roommate freshman Christian ministries major Jon Michael Toler haven’t put too much thought into their Christmas decorations.
They said their dorm room is pretty small, but Brown will probably bring his mini tree to set up. Both agree that they won’t be in much during Christmas, so they won’t do too much to decorate.
Brown said that people shouldn’t decorate too early or start listening to Christmas music right after Thanksgiving.
“It’s too early if you start listening to it before December.”
His roommate agrees and said that people should stop listening to Christmas music almost right away.
“You need to stop after Christmas … like the 26,” he said.
Brown said that his favorite holiday decoration is Santa Claus, and said that his grandmother has more than 500 of them.
Toler’s favorite decorations are snow villages that move.
At home, his family decorates inside and out, “the works,” as Toler put it.
Students living in Burt Hall are taking advantage of the dorm community for holiday decorating. Senior social work major and Burt RA Robyn Allison will be helping run the festivities.
“We are having a Christmas decorating party on December 1,” she said. “We will have hot chocolate and cookies for all the girls.”
Along with lights and trees, the two famous Burt elves will also make their annual appearance. Residents move the stuffed elves all around the building in comical ways.
“I just love decorating,” Freitag said. “Christmas is my favorite holiday.”