Sadness increases as the holiday ends. After waiting for a year, people just want the holidays to last.
The holiday season is something to look forward to every fall and winter. Presents, food and breaks, ideally the holidays are meant allow students to sit back relax and enjoy their temporary freedom from the stresses of school. This is not always the case when recitals and homework fill out students schedules even during the holidays. However, despite all of this students still find time to be with family and mess with all of the fun things they get over the season.
What places do you go (during the holidays) and what is good/ bad about them?
“During the Holiday break my family and I always go to Leavenworth the day after Christmas. We spend two over-nights there which is always really fun,” AHS freshman, Melissa Will said, “I like being able to spend time with my cousins and Aunts and Uncle since I don’t see them very often. I definitely enjoy being around my cousin’s two little kids who are 3 and 2 years old.”
What are your four top favorite music/songs that plays during the holidays?
“My top favorite songs played during the holiday season are ‘Frosty the snowman,’ ‘Where are you Christmas’ by Faith Hill, ‘Believe; by Josh Groban, and Rudolf the Red nose Reindeer,” said Will. “These are my favorites because I have been listening to them since I was little and they bring back such wonderful memories. Also, I have danced to everyone of these songs which makes them twice as good!”
What are some of the best presents you have ever received?
“New Race Suit, phone, a trip to China, and really anything!” freshman Ronald said.
How do you hang out during the holidays?
“Do Homework, do more homework, do even more homework, open some pretty awesomely wrapped presents, eat food, eat even more food, go to Leavenworth,come back and do more homework. Oh wait I forgot some stuff. Go to Christmas parties, and hang out with friends! Plus eat food” said Will.
Are the holidays a lax period, or are you always rushing?
“The holidays are always busy!” Will explained. “There is so much to do. Most of my time is spent preparing for my Christmas dance performance.”
Do you spend time with your family and what do you love about doing such?
“I love being with my family on the holidays,” said Kira Walters, an AHS freshman.“Especially when I see people I don’t usually get to see.”
How do you feel coming back from family events?
“I hate it!” said Will. “It always a little saddening to know that you have to wait a while for another one to come!! I just can’t wait that long!”
How do you feel about Christmas music being played everywhere?
“You’ve never been fully alive until you start singing Christmas songs in the middle of the mall…You get some funny looks for sure, but it’s well worth it,” said Graves.
Do you have a story involving family during the holidays?
“Well since my family and I always go to Leavenworth each year, we always eat at this one restaurant that has an accordion player. The accordion player came over and played some song that was pretty awesome. My cousin’s daughter was 2 at the time loved it and started dancing in her high chair,” said Will. “She started waving her hands except her middle finger was up while she was doing it. Then one guy came up to my cousin and said ‘excuse me but your daughter is flipping me off.’ Funniest thing ever.”
Is there someone who consistently gives you unusual presents?
“My grandparents always give me the strangest presents,” said Walters. “Golf balls to soap and gag gifts!”
Why do you like spending money on gifts for other people?
“It’s intriguing to see how far I can push the cash in my wallet,” Graves said. “Then it’s also fun to collaborate with others to get those big gifts as well as finding those knick-knacks that cost nothing.”
What are some things you love about shopping during the holiday season?
“The clothes are cuter!” Ronald explained. “The mall is decked out, Christmas music playing, and everyone is nice.”
How does spending money on presents/decorations/parties during the holidays affect your life?
“It means we get to bust out the family heirloom: Rock and Roll Snowman! Then we blast out the house speakers listening to Christmas music,” Graves said. “At about that point, it really feels like Christmas.”
Do you have a great or terrible shopping story?
“Do you mean like that time I was caught singing in the restroom and security ended up throwing me in the brig? Nope, nothing like that,” said Graves.