Celebrating Christmas with COVID

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Mrs. Ann Pollard

Renee Pollard, Mrs. Pollard’s daughter, decorates their live Christmas tree from Bare Creek Tree Farm.

Celebrating Christmas with COVID!

As ya all know, this year has been difficult for all of us, and I have decided to interview some of my teachers about how they’re going to celebrate Christmas during COVID! Holiday celebrations will likely be different this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Avoid activities that are higher risk for spreading the virus. Consider fun alternatives that pose lower risk of spreading COVID-19.

This year Mrs. Ann Pollard, BGJHS journalism teacher, is celebrating Christmas in a different way, she has moved into her new home. The Pollard family decided to put two Christmas trees. Isn’t that awesome!!! One of the Christmas trees is real, and the other one is an artificial Christmas tree that looks real. Because of COVID, she will not be traveling to see her family as she usually does. Pollard will be celebrating Christmas at her new home, with a big dinner on Christmas Eve and breakfast Christmas morning and opening up their presents. Her family will not be attending church in person, but they will from home virtually. She is planning to spend time with Doug, her husband of 31 years, and her two girls Renee and Maggie, and their furry friends Marcie and Jacks.

Mrs. Stacy Bartley hangs a COVID masked ornament from her Christmas tree.

Mrs. Stacy Bartley, BGJHS eighth social studies teacher, is also celebrating Christmas differently this year; due to CIVIC-19, they are not having a large group to celebrate Christmas as usual. Bartley’s kids and grandkids are coming over this weekend and hopefully her parents, too. Usually, they celebrate Christmas at her parents house, and her mom’s side usually meets up after Christmas.
In 2018, nothing was the same for Bartley. Her husband passed away from a tragic motorcycle accident during the Annual Teddy Bear Run fundraiser for abused children. She didn’t even put up a Christmas tree. In 2019, Bradley tried to feel the spirit, but that was still hard for her. So this year, she is just celebrating Christmas with her kids and grandkids at her house; hopefully, with her parents too.

My research https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to increase across the United States, the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is to celebrate at home with people who live with you. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.