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As classes begin to wind down and students get anxious for winter break, it’s impossible to ignore the holiday spirit floating in the air.

“‘Tis the season for tacky Christmas sweaters…and I love it,” Allie Heckel, junior at Auburn said.

Lights and wreaths have gone up on homes and apartments alike, and the annual lighting of the tree on Samford Lawn is just around the corner.

Image of Lambda Chi Alpha
Fraternity house on Magnolia Avenue

And when December comes, so do the festivities. 

The City of Auburn has events such as the 7th Annual Polar Express Holiday Celebration, “Teddy Bear Tea” at the AU Hotel, a holiday wreath workshop at the Ham Wilson Arena, showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Gingerbread Village at the AU Hotel, 6th Annual Loveliest Village Christmas Tour of Homes, and the downtown Auburn Christmas parade planned for the upcoming holiday season (details can be found on the Auburn/Opelika tourism bureau events calendar website and on the AU Hotel website).

“I love Christmas in a small town,” Sarah Drexler, junior, said. “There’s a real Christmas feeling that you just don’t get anywhere else.”

Image courtesy of Auburn University
Hotel Gingerbread Village

Students prepare for a season of Christmas cocktail socials, tacky Christmas sweater parties, annual holiday wine and cheese parties and dirty Santa present swaps.

“This time every year I find myself sifting through the clothes at Goodwill, searching for that one perfect candy cane sweater,” Heckel said.

“Last year my roommates and I drove around town one night before finals looking for Christmas lights,” student Alex Tedrow said. “It was so much fun!”

Even the smell of Christmas is in the air as holiday coffee drinks give off a delicious, unavoidable aroma every time one passes the student center Starbucks.

“I love the peppermint mocha,” Justin McClain, Auburn fan said. “It’s like  Christmas in a cup.”                                                                                             

But the spirit of the holidays makes it hard to focus on studies right now, and even teachers can agree with that.

Image of Ware Jewelers decorated
for the holidays in downtown Auburn

“As a Thanksgiving present, class is cancelled on Friday,” can be heard from the mouths of professors all over campus in regards to this Friday, Nov. 16.

In addition to the city’s planned events, students can participate in the University Program Council’s winter crafts event held in the student center Nov. 28, can volunteer with organizations that are gathering donations for Toys for Tots, or can help out at the Food Bank of East Alabama during its busiest time of year.

So whether it’s celebrating with friends, getting your tacky sweater on, volunteering to help others, marveling at the twinkling lights, or just struggling to make it through finals, Christmas has to come to Auburn.

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