published Monday, December 26th, 2011

Christmas on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn

Sam Mills warms himself by the fire at Occupy Chattanooga on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn Sunday. Three days before Christmas, Mills said, his temporary work at the Amazon.com distribution center abruptly ended.
Sam Mills warms himself by the fire at Occupy Chattanooga on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn Sunday. Three days before Christmas, Mills said, his temporary work at the Amazon.com distribution center abruptly ended.
Photo by Alex Washburn.

Chris Lee spent Christmas Day huddled around a dwindling fire along with about a dozen other Occupy Chattanooga protesters.

Lee said he didn’t mind spending the day on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, where protesters have been camped out since early November. The Occupy movement has formed across the nation to protest corporate power and influence.

“I can think of a lot worse places to be right now,” he said Sunday afternoon.

He said he woke up and cooked Christmas breakfast for his wife and the others there. Some people dropped by with food or gifts, while many Occupy campers went home to spend the holiday with family.

“We just sat around the fire and had a great old Christmas,” said Lee, who lost his Nashville home and construction business last year. “These people are my family.”

Paul Elliott said that because he’s a Buddhist, he didn’t mind spending Christmas with the Occupy group. But others who celebrate the holiday did so at home or at the campsite, he said.

“A lot of folks that have family have come by and done the gift thing,” said Elliott, an unemployed cabinetmaker.

With little traffic, few pedestrians and mild weather, the day was mostly peaceful for the Occupy Chattanooga group.

“We’ve been quite relaxed,” Elliott said. “We get along pretty well.”

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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acerigger said...

Merry Christmas occupiers! Hint,,,DON'T get too relaxed, City Council is getting antsy about y'all! As I understand it, a lot of folks around Chattanooga are wondering just where you use the bathroom,go figure.heh!

December 26, 2011 at 1:05 a.m.
ellaharris said...

I am also enjoying Christmas with my friends. Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday.

Sivananda yoga

December 26, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.
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