by Christina Charie ’25
The real holiday season arrives once Christmas lights adorn every building. Americans spare no expense when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around each year. However, there is a clear distinction between Thanksgiving and Christmas at Providence College that makes December simply magical.
From Christmas trees in Slavin Center to Holiday Bingo, Christmas is the more exciting holiday on campus. Students cannot ignore BOP Christmas stickers or Christmas caroling during halftime at the Dunk. McPhail’s becomes a center for gingerbread house-making and holiday-themed do-it-yourself activities. PC becomes a quintessential childhood countdown to Christmas. Organizations on campus simply do not have as many Thanksgiving traditions or celebrations.
Additionally, students have more time to celebrate Christmas with an extended break. With travel time considered, Thanksgiving break happens within the blink of an eye. Even though students love being at the College, every Friar needs time to rest in the company of family and friends. Christmas break provides more valuable time at home during the academic year.
Furthermore, Christmas entertainment offers an option for all movie lovers. From comedic masterpieces such as Home Alone and Elf to classic tales like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas, most have a favorite Christmas movie. This speaks to the impact Christmas has upon the masses. Inherent qualities of magic and wonder exist that make Christmas an impactful part of the year where the countdown to Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas brings communities together through shared joy. The holiday allows Friars to celebrate the end of the semester in a unique way. Christmas gives everyone on campus a reason to smile throughout the day, despite the stress of exams and papers. However, every single day should be a reason to spread cheer. Even though Christmas only happens once a year, the kindness of the season does not have to vanish after Dec. 25.