Christmas: a Time for Family, Giving, Joy

Lauren Van Gheem, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

“Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer.” Christmas for many means a time for joy, happiness, family and giving. When we come together as a family, a community and as friends, we celebrate the joys of one another in our lives.

My favorite Christmas saying is “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters; it’s who’s gathered around it.” This quote summarizes the meaning of Christmas in my heart because during the season I am blessed to spend extra time with my entire family and all my wonderful friends.

The memories and traditions that we share and create during Christmas bring a smile to my face. Personally, my favorite Christmas tradition is gathering together to cut down our Christmas tree as one big family. This time of laughter, smiles, jokes and memories shared with family helps remind me of the true meaning of Christmas.

When my sister comes home from college, I celebrate my favorite part of Christmas.  I am able to spend the whole Christmas season with a true friend who is also my sister. We share many great laughs and good times with each other, and it truly brings Christmas joy into my life.

For me, Christmas is also a time of giving. When I give gifts to others and see how happy they are to receive a thoughtful gift, it makes me just as happy as they are.

Christmas is not about receiving, but rather about giving; giving of your time to your family or those in need. As we prepare to meet Jesus at Christmas, we should open our hearts to serve others. You can see the impact you are making on those in the community who are less fortunate than you.

In addition to giving in the community, another thing I look forward to each Christmas is Secret Santa parties with friends. The happiness of spreading cheer among friends brings true Christmas joy.

Lastly, Christmas provides a stress-free break from our stress-filled school lives. During the Christmas season I enjoy sitting back, watching all the best Christmas movies and drinking my warm hot cocoa by the Christmas tree.

Christmas only comes once a year, so when it comes we need to make the most of it and enjoy our time with family and friends in preparation for the birthday of Jesus.