CHS Holiday Traditions

Thursday, December 20th, 2018


It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and there is only one question on the minds of everyone in existence. What do the residents of CHS do for the holidays? Well hold on, dear readers, because I have just the answer for you.

I had the great honor of interviewing both students and staff at CHS to figure out what they find themselves doing when the holidays roll around each year. Aside from being serenaded by the majestic voices of Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé as an unspoken constant throughout my journey, I was pleased to hear about the different activities that my classmates and teachers partake in to celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways.

One of the most common answers was going out of state to visit family. There are a wide variety of places being visited ranging from the streets of New York City to the sunny beaches of Florida. We’ve even got destinations as wild as Maryland on the list of where people go for the holidays. Arizona even! Isn’t this exciting folks?

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Alright so that’s where people GO over break but what do they DO over break?” Strap in reader because this is where it gets really interesting. Skiing is as popular as ever of course, with snowboarding also being prevalent in the responses I received. Watching traditional holiday movies was also a common answer with some highlights being The Polar Express, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Star Wars. While that last one is not very festive it certainly is just as entertaining. Films aren’t the only thing lighting up the  television screen however as hockey will always be a favorite among the people of CHS. Out of all the different traditions I heard about, some stuck out to me as being particularly fun sounding. One of these was staying up until midnight on Christmas Eve in order to fully minimize the time between Christmas day officially starting and when presents are opened. Another was a family pajama party on Christmas where pajamas are not only encouraged but are completely mandatory. For those celebrating Hanukkah I’ve heard that Chinese restaurants are particularly popular on Christmas day.

All of this sounds fun, but none of it is possible without the energy to go through with it (barring the Chinese restaurant of course). I’ve heard tales of dinners surpassing that of even Thanksgiving in pure grandeur. I received many different answers when it came to holiday food and drink, which include but are not limited to: cocoa, sparkling apple cider, doughnuts, turkey, and even bananas. With so many options to choose from, you can’t possibly go wrong.

If anything should be taken from this article it’s this: take time to enjoy the holidays, and spend time with people you care about doing something you care about. Make some new traditions in addition to the old ones. This is a time worth celebrating and it’s up to you to celebrate in whatever way makes you the happiest. So to all those reading I wish you only the happiest of holidays this year and a fantastic winter break to go along with them.