Christmas Time

Rin Neimeyer, Reporter

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  Christmas is the time of the year when friends and families spend the holiday together. People enjoy exchanging gifts, singing songs, watching Christmas movies and spending time with the ones you love. People around the world celebrate Christmas differently. Depending on what religion you might be, your family may not even celebrate it. Some religions that are celebrated during this time are Diwali, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating, the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Kwanzaa is a celebration held in the United States and other nations of the African diaspora, and it lasts a week.

  “For Christmas, my family all gets together and has a big Christmas dinner. After we are done with that we open our gifts and spend time with each other,” said Bryce Russell, class of 2021.

  My Christmas is split up among my family. On Christmas Eve my mom’s side of the family all get together and have our celebration at my grandmother’s house. When everybody gets back home, we normally open our gifts, so we can all sleep in the next day. We get home about midnight every year. On Christmas day, I go to my sister’s house in the morning. My dad picks me up from there and I have my Christmas with him. My grandpa on his side comes over and celebrates with us as well. After we’re done, I head back to my mom’s.

  “My family and I celebrate Christmas every year. We normally go to my aunt’s house with the whole family on Christmas Eve. Then, on Christmas, every family does their individual thing. Later in the day, everyone comes to my house,” said Ashlee Dickerson, class of 2019.

  Christmas is celebrated differently all around the world. Different religions are being celebrated and different traditions are being carried out. It all happens around the same time, yet they are so different from each other. Although they might be different, they all do have one thing in common: they all spend it with the people they love and care about. No matter how different they, are deep down they are all the same in one way or another.