Christmas in March?


Fox 46 Charlotte

Homeowners put Christmas lights up as a sign up hope during Coronavirus pandemic.

Zoe Evans, News Editor

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some neighborhoods across the U.S. COVID-19 is spreading worldwide leaving people across the globe quarantined. Many social media users started a trend that appears to be taking over in some neighborhoods. Homeowners are putting back up their Christmas lights to bring some light into the dark reality people are facing during the pandemic.       

 The coronavirus pandemic, which started in Dec. 2019 in Wuhan, China, has spread worldwide. The United States has begun to cancel any events that involve 10 or more people such as concerts, church events and the closing businesses.  

Many Americans are stuck inside their home because there is nowhere to go because it is unsafe. In North Carolina alone, all restaurants are closed to customers except for take out and the drive-through. Schools are closed for at least until May 15,  across the state and gatherings are limited to reduce the spread of the virus. All of this is called “social distancing,” a plan enforced by President Trump to try and decrease the spread of the killer virus. 

With many Americans feeling the effects of the Coronavirus, and being stuck indoors for weeks to come, Twitter is calling for Christmas in March, which entails people putting their Christmas lights back up as a sign of hope and light during the pandemic. For parents and children at home for an unknown amount of time, the Christmas lights represent a light at the end of the tunnel. 

The lights are also a way to get out of the house for a night with the kids. Driving around to look at the lights is a safe activity to enjoy while still practicing social distancing. 

“We need some color and light,” wrote one Twitter user. “We all need some happiness right now.” 

It is unclear if the trend will spark a nationwide movement, but by judging by the recent reaction, it is bringing joy to many in a time of darkness.