It is about that time again y’all, Christmas is right around the corner! Christmas is a holiday that is widely celebrated all around the world, and there are several different ways this special holiday is celebrated. Like putting up lights around the house, or putting up a Christmas tree in the living room with decorative ornaments and lights. Some people may go home for the holidays or go on a special vacation with their families, while others may not even celebrate this holiday. There are also different family traditions, for example, my family and I always watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and drink hot chocolate on the night of Christmas Eve. Another tradition my family and I have is putting up our Christmas tree on my sister’s birthday.
I asked some students here at Radford about some of their family’s traditions or cherished memories from this beloved holiday. Brooke Shamblin, a freshman, shared some of her most cherished family traditions with me, “The night before Christmas my family and I always drive around town and look at Christmas lights then drink hot chocolate when we return. Then on Christmas Eve night we open one gift up between my sister and I.”
Another student, Jonathan Loudermilk a freshman, also shared one of his Christmas family traditions with me, “Well, my family and I always wake up at 3:00 AM on Christmas Day to open presents because my Dad works every Christmas.”
Next, Andrew Sanchez, a junior, shared a family tradition with me as well, “On Christmas morning, before we open up any presents we always get a new pair of holiday pajamas. Then for opening presents we take turns opening presents by passing out the first present we pick up.”
Lastlt, CJ Vernon, a junior, shared a couple holiday memories and old family traditions, “I would go to this house in my local neighborhood and this man that my parents knew would always dress up as Santa Claus and let the kids tell him what they wanted for Christmas. One holiday tradition I always remember would have to be going to my Great Aunt’s house on Christmas eve to visit with all my family.”
This holiday holds so many cherished memories from so many people all around the world, no matter their age. I never met one person who did not have at least one happy memory from Christmas. Christmas is a universal holiday that spreads happiness, peace, and love all around the world. Christmas is the one time of the year where the world can come together and look past everything and unite. Even if you do not celebrate this holiday it you can still feel the happiness spread all around the world. Just like Buddy the Elf once said, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”