by Zachary Marji
The holiday season is now upon us. The time from Thanksgiving until New Year, including such festivals as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa brings time off from work and school, gift-giving and a change in society. There’s always an excited buzz among the students and staff at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, especially as winter break gets closer and closer.
For most, the holiday season is the best time of the year. “It’s about spending time with my family,” said senior Tyler Lux. Some view the season as a time to give and be thankful for what you have with loved ones around you, while others enjoy the materialistic and consumer end more. “I like how I get to spend more time with my family, but it’s just so fast and busy. It’s really stressful getting people stuff and worrying if you forgot something,” said freshman Haleigh Summers.
People are often nicer during the holiday season; cheerful vibes are spread through music, presents and holiday traditions. “I love the music, the Christmas spirit and I love giving and receiving presents,” said junior Jake Brazie. Senior Michael Swan also talked about how excited he was for the holiday season. “I’m looking forward to making gingerbread houses and having a big meal at my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve,” said Swan.
Freshman Noah Mandelis said that he enjoys the holiday season and especially New Years. “I look forward to being able to start a new year,” said Mandelis.
The holiday season is a great time to give, which can be done in countless ways. Presents, volunteering, giving an extra tip or simply giving a compliment are all ways you can participate in the holiday season. “It’s a time of giving. It’s great when people give of themselves,” said librarian Bill Cotterill. He said the food drive is essential to the community and is a great way to give back to the people around you. Summers agrees, as she said, “it’s about letting people know you still think about them”.
While countless people see the holiday season as a time to give and be thankful for what they have, many also look forward to shopping for loved ones and opening gifts with family and friends. According to Syracuse.com, The National Retail Federation expects a 3.7 percent increase in sales this year and total sales to reach $616.9 billion between November and December. Cotterill said that it’s always special to see a child’s eyes light up when unwrapping a gift.
There are different meanings to the holiday season, but however you may be spending it this year, Jamesville-DeWitt High School wishes you a happy and healthy new year.