‘Tis the Season

Mae Novakoski, Crown Writer

The chilly sweater weather of December has finally arrived, and the anticipation of Christmas break is growing greater and greater each day. Everyone here at Marian Central is in the Christmas spirit: whether it’s wearing a silly Christmas tie to school, student’s mother’s passing out candy canes, or bringing in wonderful homemade Christmas cookies for lunch. Every person has his or her own different traditions that make their holidays so special. There are a variety of very abstract Christmas traditions for some students while others have more laid back ones. All families have their own purposes as to why they spend the holidays the way they do, and they are all unique and wonderful in their own way. Christmas traditions are all a reflection of family and show what each individual loves to do when they all come together for special times.   

    When it comes to traditions there is an infinite number, but occasionally one will come across that so unique and unheard of that it won’t be forgotten. Traditions like these could be traveling out of the country, what foods the family has for Christmas dinner, or what fun and silly games each family have to offer. A Marian Central student that has one of those more distinctive Christmas traditions is Charlie Kramer (11). Charlie said, “Usually for Christmas break, my whole family flies out of Illinois and celebrates Christmas with our family in Florida. To represent the Italian side of the family, we have all types of seafood for Christmas dinner.” To others, less traditional things like having seafood for Christmas dinner might seem odd, but to the ones that celebrate it, this is so special and normal because it’s all they have ever known. Thomas Novakoski, Marian Central sophomore, said, “My favorite Christmas tradition would have to be our annual Polish dinner called Wigilia. For this special dinner the only kinds of food we have for dinner are grains like buckwheat, barley, and grits, but we also have homemade pierogies as well. We aren’t allowed to have meat until midnight, and when that time comes, we all have homemade polish sausage. It may be an odd family tradition to others, but that is exactly why I love it so much.”

    On the other hand, there are the more laid back traditions that may not be as unique but are just as equally special. Holiday traditions like these, for example, would be chilling out and watching Elf after Christmas dinner or listening to Christmas music while relaxing and watching family members anxiously opening perfectly-wrapped presents by the Christmas tree. A senior, Morgan Hopp (12) said, “For Christmas, my whole family travels to my grandparents’ house, and it is like one big family reunion. After Christmas dinner, everyone gets comfy on the couch, watches Christmas movies, and drinks hot chocolate. It is so much fun to be in one place with the whole family for my favorite holiday of the year!”

Every family’s Christmas traditions are so special, no matter how big or small they may be, even simple things like baking various delicious Christmas cookies with one another, going as a family to pick out the best Christmas tree to bring home, or helping prepare the time-consuming Christmas dinner. They are all memories that each family will hold onto forever. Traditions put a personal touch on a celebration like Christmas; many people may celebrate the holiday, but everyone has their own way of making it the best they possibly can.