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‘Tis the season to experience

Gift cards, goodie baskets and Gucci bags galore! It will soon be the most joyful time of the year, Christmas. For most teenagers, receiving gifts is the centerpiece of the holiday. But what happens when there are no gifts? You can already imagine a sullen teenager, bereft of holiday spirit, frustratingly sulking in his or her room. What happened to the Christmas spirit?

Christmas spirit traditionally encompasses a love for the holiday culture, for which many families congregate and celebrate with a variety of festivities. Some of these festivities include decorating the household with ornaments and lights, preparing cookies and milk for a potential Santa Claus visit or telling heartwarming stories by the fireplace. These festivities are mainly held to appease children. 

An inevitable change in teenagers has been amplified by the introduction of technology and applications to keep them occupied over the holidays.

As technology becomes more addictive, expectations for more extravagant material gifts, such as laptops and video game consoles, increase. In addition, if parents do not provide these types of gifts, teenagers can become disappointed, considering themselves inferior in comparison to their peers. The culture has changed; our youth no longer enjoys the idea of Christmas, but rather the materialistic goods that accompany it. 

I admit, as I matured, I lost interest in Christmas partly because I outgrew most of the Christmas festivities, and I was only really looking forward to receiving gifts on an annual basis. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the Christmas festivities and tradition with my family.

The most memorable experience I had with my family was waking up to a ground littered with carrots and bits of cookies leading up to the Christmas stockings. Although I didn’t quite believe in Santa Claus anymore (courtesy of my friends), my sister’s elated reaction was enough to revive my Christmas spirit.  

Experiences like these are irreplaceable, in comparison to the gratification from purchasing new clothes or spending gift cards received on Christmas. For this next Christmas, I encourage everyone to spend more time with family and immerse in the holiday spirit. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

By Jacob Khuu, Manager
Editorial cartoon by Justine Constantino