University of Alabama student Kelsey Hall loves to dress up for the holidays. But even she knows she took things to the extreme this time.
That’s because Hall has to wear a Christmas tree costume for the remainder of the fall semester.
Hall sent out a tweet of the costume, purchased by her mother, on Dec. 2, saying she would wear it every day for the remainder of the semester if she reached 1,000 retweets.
Why did her mother buy the outfit in the first place?
“My mom bought it for me because it reminded her of me because I love Christmas and dressing up to be goofy,”
Unfortunately for Hall, who never expected to reach the goal, her tweet went viral.
1,000 retweets and I’ll wear this to all my classes for the rest of the semester pic.twitter.com/uzIDepK43k— Kelsey Hall (@kelseyhall1313) December 3, 2017
When it looked as though her goal would be reached, Hall began expressing her regrets publicly.
Guys I? really don’t want to do this— Kelsey Hall (@kelseyhall1313) December 4, 2017
“What’s your biggest regret in life?” Me: This https://t.co/qU4O0opsZ6— Kelsey Hall (@kelseyhall1313) December 4, 2017
She reached her goal almost immediately, and now has over 25,000 retweets.
But Hall has been a good sport about the whole thing. Keeping true to her promise, she began wearing the outfit this week, and she has become something of a campus celebrity. People have stopped her in her tracks, taking selfies with her whenever possible.
The University of Alabama has even tweeted about Hall, promoting a tweet with her — in costume, of course — with the university’s mascot “Big Al.”
Unfortunately, "Oh, Christmas Tree" isn't Kelsey Hall's favorite Christmas song. The @UofAlabama chemistry major stopped by Strat Comm to chat about her whirlwind week as "the girl in the Christmas tree costume" https://t.co/vOZxxmmhvd pic.twitter.com/rotSWFSxE4— David Miller (@DavidMiller_UA) December 6, 2017
Hall may have the misfortune of having to wear the same costume every day for the rest of the academic year. Fortunately for her, however, there aren’t many days left — just a few, by her account — so it won’t be too much of a burden for her.
But in the meantime, it looks as though she’s happy to bring a little bit more joy to her campus; even if that does mean having to wear a costume that’s been rained on.
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