How UNOH Students Celebrate Christmas

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017


UNOH Students gather in the 13000 Building on campus

Written by UNOH Contributing Columnist Megan Fuller

Christmas is just around the corner, which means UNOH students, who currently hail from 40 states and 49 different countries, are going home for the holidays. This does not mean, however, we will all be celebrating the same way. I talked to a few students around campus to find out how they’ll be spending their winter break.

First, I spoke to Ethan Monk from the outback in Australia. Christmas occurs during the height of summer in the southern hemisphere.  This means most Australians attend a beach party or have a cookout. The famous Bondi Beach hosts around 40,000 people to celebrate the Christmas season. Ethan, however, usually goes clay pigeon shooting with his family in the outback region of Australia.

Hannah Eliason, from Indiana, opens her stocking presents on Christmas Eve and big presents on Christmas day with her family. They also play board games and card games as well as eating a Christmas dinner. “I love doing that because we have talks and conversations with family that we haven’t seen in forever,” she said.

In Long Island, New York, Max Handley sets up the Christmas tree with his family that includes an old toy train travelling around the bottom that has been passed down from his Grandfather. He eats Christmas breakfast with his family then opens presents. Later that night, he travels to his aunt’s house for Christmas dinner.

Hugo Martins, from Portugal, embraces his family tradition of eating a large lunch on Christmas day. Unlike traditional turkey or ham, the main feature of the meal is codfish. “We usually don’t need a big dinner as the main meal for Christmas is a big lunch”.

Every Christmas Eve, Kieran Davies from Wales, gets a new pair of soccer shorts and eats cold meat sandwiches with his family. On Christmas day, his family opens their stocking presents before heading downstairs and opening their bigger presents – all while drinking British tea and listening to Christmas music. Finally, they enjoy a roast dinner with the specialty dish of ‘pigs-in-a-blanket’ – sausage wrapped in bacon.

No matter where you’re headed this Christmas, be sure to enjoy your family’s traditions – whatever they may be. Enjoy your Christmas break and we can’t wait to see you back on campus in January!

Category: Campus & Community

Keywords: Christmas, Traditions

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Last updated: 12/06/2017