These days, holidays are more about the deals you can get on gifts than spending time with your family. In recent years, holidays have become very commercialized, pushing the true meaning further and further away.
Every year, Black Friday sales start earlier than the year before. This year, some stores opened as early as 4pm Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things you are thankful for, and to spend time with the people you love. I like saving money just as much as the next person, but leaving Thanksgiving dinner early to save a few bucks seems a little nuts.
As soon as Thanksgiving is over, many people start preparing for Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza. All of which were originally centered on faith and heritage, not gifts. My family celebrates Christmas, which is my favorite time of year. I get to see family I don’t normally get to and that’s what I love most about it.
Family traditions are another big part as to why I love Christmas so much. Our traditions bring us closer together as a family around this time of year.
“Christmas is the one time a year that my entire family is together since my older brother and sister live far away,” said Emily Lawrence. “I don’t really get to spend much time with them throughout the rest of the year.”
As college students, we don’t get to spend as much time as we used to with our families, especially if they live far from Pullman. Winter break is one of the few times we have the opportunity to visit home which makes the holidays even more special.
“Since my mom moved to Oregon, I really don’t get to see her during the year,” said Myranda Bell. “Christmas has become even more special since it’s one of the few times I can go visit her.”
Since I don’t get to see my family as much as I used to, I’ve really figured out that spending time with them is the best gift I could receive.
The holidays are really a time to be generous to those less fortunate and be with the people that you love. We really need to go back to the basics this time of year, instead of letting advertisements tell us what we should do this holiday.