The cold months of the year bring around the exciting holiday season. Students celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and even Black Friday in different ways.
Thanksgiving is most often celebrated with food and family. Some popular Thanksgiving foods include pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce.
“I usually go to my grandpa’s house, eat a big feast, and play board games with my siblings and cousins,” Stevi Mulvehill said.
After the Thanksgiving festivities, many people take part in Black Friday. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and many stores have huge sales to help people get their Christmas shopping started.
“I usually go with my mom and we try to hit as many stores as we can before we crash. We like to go to Best Buy, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Gordmans,” Mulvehill said.
In December, the two main holidays celebrated are Hanukkah and Christmas.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 24 and ends on the evening of Jan. 1. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah celebrates “the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, and of spirituality over materiality.” Each night, Jewish people light a candle on the menorah to symbolize the miracles that occurred when the small Jewish population took control of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
“I look forward to lighting the candles with my family. Every year my mom organizes the gifts in a pretty pile, but then we usually just destroy it,” Michaela Weindruch said.
Christmas is the religious holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. However, Christmas is also celebrated by non religious people and families to celebrate being together.
Common Christmas traditions include watching Christmas movies, listening to music, driving around to see light displays, buying gifts for others, and spending time with family and friends.
“My favorite parts of Christmas are decorating sugar cookies, listening to Christmas music, and going to family gatherings,” Mulvehill said.
The final holiday of the year is New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The new year is celebrated with parties, food, and staying up late. This is also the time when people make resolutions, or goals, for the next year.
Some of the most common resolutions are about living a healthier lifestyle, spending more time with family and friends, saving money, and living a more fulfilling life.
“I usually don’t make a new year's resolution because I try to better myself all the time and not just when it is a new year,” Holly Harrington said.
Overall, the winter season shows a variety of holiday traditions and activities.