Sex. Drugs. Alcohol. Wild parties filled to the brim with red Solo cups and loud music. This is what comes to mind for some students when they go away to college. They are away from their parents influence for the first time, and they are free to have new experiences at their leisure.
There will always be confident party-goers donning unforgivable sweaters pasted against the white shadows of winter. There will be carols that no amount of eggnog could auto-tune. There will be awkward mistletoe mix-ups, unsatisfactory secret Santas and discourteous family dinners. But the majority will celebrate Christmas the way it has always been celebrated in the United States—by buying a lot of stuff.