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  • How are Americans celebrating amid the COVID-19 crisis?
  • How are Americans celebrating amid the COVID-19 crisis?
    Jazmin De Guzman (2020) ©

Can the Christmas spirit survive a pandemic?

The novel coronavirus that began sweeping the globe in early 2020 has made it difficult – and sometimes impossible – to engage in time-honored holiday traditions with loved ones. With no return to normal in sight, how will Americans adapt their celebratory habits for the short- and long-term?

Location United States

The major religious holidays of Easter and Passover usually fall in the spring and are marked by family celebrations, church/synagogue services, and celebratory meals. In 2020, however, by the time both occasions came around in mid-April, many parts of the US had issued severe restrictions on social gatherings and urged against domestic and international travel. So, instead of engaging in the usual rituals and revelry, people had to get creative. Catholics across the country took part in live-streamed masses, while many Jews replaced big Passover dinners with Zoom-based Seders, complete with Venmo cash for the traditional prize gifted at ...



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