Holiday events still bring cheer during difficult times

Families came down to Cherry Creek North to enjoy the Christmas lights and the colorful spinning prism pillars. Attending the Winter Wonderland Lights and many other events alike is a great way to keep the holiday season alive during the pandemic.

This year, Christmas looks different for a lot of people. The Holidays is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the holiday. It’s a little difficult to tell what is safe to do and what isn’t, but there are great alternatives to holiday events that people can attend. The Winter Wonderland Light walk is one of those examples. People are able to stay apart from each other and still enjoy the beautiful lights that Cherry Creek North has provided. 

Tait Mackey, a former Heritage student, attended the Winter Wonderland Lights recently and had many good things to say about the event.

“After a hard year of trying to be separated from people, I finally felt like people had the chance to come together again while still being safe and enjoy the same thing,” Tait says. 

For some people it’s really hard to find the joy that comes from certain holidays and still try to keep healthy. That’s why most people don’t want to go out and enjoy what’s open. 

“I do try to keep myself and my family safe during this time because I certainly don’t want anything to happen to them. Especially during a happy time of the year,” adds Tait. 

There are many things to do in Colorado during the holidays and still be safe. Aside from looking around for magnificent light displays, there are fun things for students to do in their own home. Being at home with family can be stressful sometimes, and especially during this time since everyone is constantly at home, but good can come from it. 

“I plan to spend as much time as I can away from my computer screen this coming break and spend more quality time with my family,” says Xitlay Perez ‘21. 

For students this time of year, it’s definitely important to get away from electronics and go outside or do something other than stare at a screen all day. Students definitely need a break from online school, which made some students very tired mentally. Even if there are plans to video call friends and family that aren’t close, there could also be breaks from that too.

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