Devwah Whaley and his Arkansas Razorbacks teammates practiced in full pads at Charlotte Latin High School to open their on-site preparations for Thursday's Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech.
"For us it's Tuesday of game week," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said, explaining the physical practice. "So even though it's the 'Grinch Stole Christmas,' we're going to have our heaviest work day out here.
"It's Christmas for everybody else."
Whaley and his teammates flew from Fayetteville to Charlotte.
"I've been home for Christmas twice since I turned 18, since I left for college," said Bielema, who played at Iowa. "This is old hat."
Several Razorbacks said before leaving for Charlotte that they didn't mind spending Christmas as a team.
"We'll be away from our biological families, but we'll be together as a football family," senior cornerback Jared Collins. "So that'll be good for us to bond."
There was some Christmas spirit at practice.