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A University COVID-19 testing site worker hands a student a vial at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 9.

Bring positive energy to notoriously bland COVID-19 winter

By Noah Davis, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

Yes, we have all internalized the fact that this holiday season will not be ideal. Fortunately, there are unique opportunities this winter break to make it less unbearable than it would be otherwise. Many...

Follow these dos, donts of gift giving this holiday season

Follow these do’s, don’ts of gift giving this holiday season

By Haley Bickelhaupt, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

The Christmas season is typically known as one of the busiest times of the year. As the holiday bustle begins, students cram for finals and prepare to relax after a grueling hybrid online semester. After...

Become a charitable Illini this holiday season

Become a charitable Illini this holiday season

By Shalini Atluri, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

While the holiday season is full of gift giving, there are also some great ways to be charitable this season. These charitable actions below can help give joy to those struggling this holiday season.  Donate...

A couple celebrates Thanksgiving with friends by having dinner together over a Zoom video call on November 22, 2020 in New York City.

A smaller Christmas is more this season

By Meghan Lyons, Special Sections Editor December 3, 2020

Christmas is going to be a lot different this year. Usually, it goes something like this (at least for me): You wake up in the morning, and you dash down to the tree to tear up presents. The morning is...

James Stewart, Sheldon Leonard, and Henry Travers star in Its a Wonderful Life. The film was released in 1946.

Reminisce with these holiday movies

By Shivali Shukla, Assistant Special Sections Editor December 3, 2020

When I was little, I would giddily anticipate Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas on TV all year long. When December finally came around, I would incessantly remind my mom to record every single holiday...

Illinois student John Keller takes a COVID-19 test at the State Farm Center testing site on Oct. 9.

Keep this in mind when visiting family over holidays

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

Ringing in the holidays this year may look different than the usual cheer that abounds during this time. Unfortunately, the world is still in the middle of a major pandemic; therefore, a socially distanced...

Holiday drinks brighten up festive season

Holiday drinks brighten up festive season

By Matthew Beyer, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

In typical 2020 fashion, this upcoming holiday season is going to look much different. Out of fear of spreading disease like the first Thanksgiving, many families have opted out of typical Thanksgiving...

Macaulay Culkin stars in Home Alone. The film is a Christmas classic that would work well in a family movie marathon.

Have fun while staying safe: ideas for a socially-distanced holiday

By Allison Connelly, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

The holiday season is a time where you come together with your loved ones, but with the events of 2020, it is no surprise that we’re all feeling a little different this season. Big family gatherings...

People wait to celebrate New Years Eve in Times Square on Dec. 31, 2019 in New York City.

Be selfish, reflect this New Year

By Shivali Shukla, Assistant Special Sections Editor December 3, 2020

New year, new you. 2020 was the epitome of changes. The year witnessed bushfires ravage Australia, the tragic losses of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chadwick Boseman, among many others,...

A Christmas tree sits in the living room of a persons home.

Spread cheer to everyone, even those unknown

By Michael Bodenhagen, Staff Writer December 3, 2020

The holiday season is usually either the most cheerful or the most depressing time of the year for most people. While some look forward to catching up with distant cousins and decorating gingerbread houses,...

Check in on your mental health this holiday season

Check in on your mental health this holiday season

By Christine Sheriff, Staff Writer December 5, 2019

We are well into the holiday season at this point. Thanksgiving has passed, and “season’s greetings!” seems to be on everything, including that coffee you get each morning. The air continues to get...

Stay relaxed during a busy winter break

Stay relaxed during a busy winter break

By Shivali Shukla, Staff Writer December 5, 2019

Hot cocoa. Marshmallows. Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey on the radio. Bright lights lining every corner. The holiday season is finally here, and no matter what you might associate this time of year with,...

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