With winter vastly approaching, students are finding ways to enjoy the festive season and inevitable cold.
Many students, faculty and their families are beginning preparations for the holidays and some have already bought. Sophomore Julie Cupka and her family recently visited Dull’s Tree Farm to purchase their Christmas tree.
“It is a family tradition to go every year and buy a tree. We get as many sisters as we can to all go and buy one,” said Cupka.
Cupka also mentioned that she and her family loves to put on their winter coats because it helps them get ready for the winter season.
“I love being able to put all my winter clothes on. I also like going to get hot cocoa and candy canes afterwards,” Cupka said.
Lebanon also has some fun and family-friendly activities and events to do at the beginning of December. They recently held their annual Christmas parade, which features members of the community and local businesses, as well as our police and fire departments and occasionally some of our local sports teams. The parade winds around the park and makes its way through the square and down Meridian Street. Businesses along the square are opened for extended hours and Santa makes an appearance for the younger members of the family.
The Indianapolis Zoo celebrates the holidays all month long with their annual Christmas at the Zoo event. This is a staple for some families and a new tradition for others. The zoo offers activities and crafts for parents and their children to do together. The eccentric decorations and light displays are evident throughout the park, with some of the lights highlighting the animals within the zoo. In the White River Gardens, families can visit jolly ole St. Nick and Mrs. Claus to close out their night.
Senior Dalton Konija visited the zoo with his girlfriend and their families a couple weeks ago and had a wonderful time.
“I liked the dolphin show and the lights were really cool,” said Konija.
These are just a few examples of what students have done to get into the holiday spirit, but there is even more to do after the holidays are over. Snow is beginning to roll into the Midwest, which means sledding, snowmen and enjoying time indoors.
Even though the weather outside can be “frightful”, there is plenty to do when the snow begins to fall.
Photo Courtesy of Julie Cupka