‘Tis the Season

Over the last few weeks downtown State College has been getting progressively brighter due to the strands of Christmas lights decorating the houses. A big part of this has been from the work of  the fraternities who have taken the time to illuminate their houses. This effort has resulted in the spreading of the beloved holiday mood throughout the local community. fraternity lights

The holiday season is a time of year in which everyone attempts to take a step back and become more engaged in civic matters. Houses are decorated throughout the community, people have their neighbors and friends over for dinner, and individuals get involved in charity events for the less fortunate. Although these things are great, it draws the question of why it isn’t as prevalent in other times of the year?

People seem to be willing to donate their time and money during the holidays due to the mood of generosity built by the community. Donations are given to Santa Claus as he rings his bell on the side of the street and people provide Christmas presents to children whose families can’t afford them. The opportunity for civic engagement is almost everywhere during the holiday season after bypassing the frenzy that is holiday shopping. However, come mid January, the santa charitydecorations come down and with them the civic seems to go as well.

Granted, it would be difficult to maintain the same kind of unified community involvement the entire year, but if the community attempted to give back once every couple months it would do a lot of good. The holiday season seems like the most ideal time for outreach efforts however people can have large impacts on their communities at all times of the year.




2 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season

  1. kem5833

    I really enjoyed this post, especially because I love all things Christmas! It is amazing that people can be so generous during the holidays, but you do bring up a very good point that the giving and the spirit abruptly ends after the holidays. I have enjoyed hearing your perspectives this semester, great job!

  2. ekh5175


    Great post this week! Since I’ve now done two different projects on Christmas-related topics, it was really interesting to read your view on the topic as it relates to the civic! It is strange to think about how January 1st is the ultimate ending of the holiday season and the nostalgic feeling and generosity that it involves. After our HOPC project and finding out that Christmas wasn’t always celebrated on December 25th, it is weird to think about how this dynamic would have played out in those times.

    –Elissa Hill

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