A Holiday Thanks

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Elena Wasserman, Staff Writer

From Jewish to Christian to no religion everyone has their way of spending the holiday season. If it be one a night or many on an eve, presents are a huge part of the holidays, but don’t let it become everything.

As teenagers, it is hard to remember the true value of the holiday season which no, is not what brand of jeans you receive or how much money is in the big envelope from Grandma, but it is the importance of family and being thankful for what you do have and not fretting over what you don’t.  With all the present lists it’s easy to get sucked into the shopping season instead of the holidays, however don’t let it take over. I am not saying it is bad to ask for things you usually wouldn’t buy for yourself; it’s a perfect time actually, but  just don’t let the magazines and commercials take you away from what really matters, spending time with your family.

This is not the time to be worrying about keeping up with the latest trends but it is a time to be spending with your family and making memories you can cherish forever. It is a time to give thanks to the ones who deserve it most and remember how lucky you are to be where you are right now in your life, not yesterday, not tomorrow, but right now and to be happy with what life has given you and what more you can give it.

It can be hard to think about the good things when everything else seems so bad, but if you just take one big step back you realize you are much better off than you thought. Living in a good community with a loving family and a good school may be something you normally take for granted, but now is the time to reminisce on it and take a second to realize things could be much worse.

There are people out there who wonder when their next meal might be, or where the nearest shelter is, while we are fretting over getting 4.0s and looking like the people in all the magazines. Sometimes it feels like it isn’t enough if we are doing our best and still not getting straight A’s or looking like the models in the magazines, but as long as we are happy with who we are and what we strive to become then who cares about anything else. What we should be caring about is our family and spending every waking second we have with them this holiday season because there is never going to be a holiday just like this one. In a year from now who knows what will have changed. Heck, according to the Mayan calendar we may not even reach this Christmas! So, to end on a brighter note I just want to remind everyone to stop worrying about giving or receiving the best presents this holiday season and to be thankful for what life has given you and not worry about what it hasn’t. Happy holidays Matadors and may your holiday season be a sweet one!