By: Anahi Ventura
Christmas trees, hot cocoa, and mistletoe are all well and good, but with Christmas right around the corner, some relatives are gathering around to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Of course, others celebrate it for the joy of spending time with family and also enjoy collecting a stack of Christmas presents. Christmas may not be the only holiday we celebrate, but it is one of the most beloved holidays of the year. Why wouldn't it be? It's the time of the year where it is socially acceptable to wear ugly Christmas sweaters without being judged. Christmas is something everyone waits for anxiously, and there are many different ways that people celebrate it.
Every year, after Thanksgiving ends, people’s thoughts immediately turn to Christmas. As we know, Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. Looking through the religious aspect, Christmas is celebrated because of Jesus’s birth, also this day is called Christmas because Jesus is also known as Christ or Christ Jesus. For a very long time, people have celebrated this special day in a variety of ways. Since they have been celebrated for so long, they have become traditions. Traditions that would last a lifetime and leave nostalgic memories that will stay with a person forever.
“Christmas is the time of the year when my family and I get to spend time together,” says Nicolas Sanchez, Vice President of the freshman class. For Nicolas, every year is an adventure and brings so much happiness to him. “ We go to the mountains for Christmas,” says Nicolas, “ We decide to do that because we live in Southern California, and we don't get snow in California.” With a big smile on his face Nicolas describes the feeling he gets when he sees snow, “ Sometimes we don't see snow in the mountains, but when we do we really appreciate it.” Although this tradition is new to his family, he looks forward to it every year.
Brisa Garcia, a freshmen, always looks forward to Christmas because it symbolizes something special for her. Her parents are always busy working, but since Christmas is something special for all of them, they make an effort to get out of work early. With immense appreciation Brisa Garcia said, “ My mom usually leaves work early, and then we cook dishes like pozole, hot chocolate, and a bunch of other stuff.” After they feast on the food her family decides to spend some time together by watching some T.V while drinking hot chocolate. “ We basically watch Christmas movies and t.v shows all day, but once it's midnight we unwrap all our christmas present, since it's officially christmas,” mentions Brisa Garcia. Starting this tradition in her family wasn't something that was planned, but for her it's something that she really appreciates and hopes it will continue for a long time.
For many religious people, going to mass a day before Christmas, or on Christmas day, is very important. “ We go to a lot of masses during Christmas, and some of them are a few hours long,” says Catherine Nguyen, a freshmen. She also mentions, “On Christmas we go to our grandma's house and we bring all the food, christmas present, and also we have christmas trees.”
Christmas is about spending time with family and being grateful for what you have. Many people have different ways of celebrating Christmas. These are only a few traditions that can be found across the world. So, this christmas while you're with your family, think about how some people may share the same traditions as you.
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