Holiday season should have more presence on campus
Christmas is my favorite holiday; I start to feel like Buddy the Elf as soon as the tryptophan from Thanksgiving wears off. Yet upon coming back to campus after break, I noticed an inherent lack of festivity. While snow can’t be summoned on a whim (yet), there are plenty of other ways to signal the coming of the holiday season. Students and the administration should do more to celebrate this festive time of year.
The logistics of trying to establish more of a holiday atmosphere on campus may be difficult to overcome. There is the issue of trying to balance the incorporation of a variety of different backgrounds and traditions that students bring to Carnegie Mellon. One could also claim that students are too preoccupied with impending finals to worry about the absence of the holiday spirit on campus; students just want to be done with the semester so they can be festive at home. Carnegie Mellon is where we come to work and set the foundations for a successful life, but back at home is where we can relax and truly revel in the charms that the winter season brings.
However, I don’t see a deep merit behind these explanations. In an attempt to be politically correct, Carnegie Mellon shouldn’t refrain from all holiday cheer. Regardless of creed or race, it is part of human nature to hold times of celebration.
The university can do more to promote the festive spirit, even in a purely secular form. Better yet, celebrating all of the traditions that students bring to campus would best manifest the true spirit of the season. Religious or secular, the holidays on campus should further serve to establish Carnegie Mellon as the melting pot it is.
So I implore everyone to make the most of this holiday season at Carnegie Mellon in whatever way they see fit. Have a Secret Santa among your circle of friends. Get dreidel games going late into the night. Use your under-utilized printing fees and make a ton of paper snowflakes. Regardless of what you celebrate this holiday season, spend this time with people that make you happy, doing things that you enjoy. If everyone does this, you don’t have to see Christmas lights strewn from Doherty, Wean entirely covered in wrapping paper, or “Walking to the Sky” straightened and becoming an epic Festivus pole. The spirit of the season will be evident enough in the fraternity among those in the Carnegie Mellon community.