Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, this year postponed its annual indoor Christmas tree, typically donated by local residents. The tree’s annual lighting ceremony, which dates back to the 1930s, has been replaced with several free online events.
The university hosted virtual five-minute visits with Santa at the North Pole. It held live readings of holiday stories, with special guest Ms. Claus, on the university’s Facebook page. The university’s Purdue Student Union Board also provided on its Facebook page coloring and puzzle pages and Christmas stories for families.
“The Purdue community is encouraged to keep traditions alive by downloading, completing and sharing their creations,” the university’s announcement read.