Embrace the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season

Lydia Podlesak, Writer

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Walking down the street during Christmas time, there are magnificent trees in windows and wreaths hung on doors. Yet with glistening lights strung on every building you walk by, people still pass with their heads down engrossed only in their own lives. The festive feeling of Christmas is not only displayed through extravagant decorations but through the actions and attitudes of people surrounding them. As a society, we can not stray away from taking time to be selfless. Through joyful actions, as a generation must not forget what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

Giving back to the community and those in need is a huge aspect of what makes Christmas a joyous holiday. Key Club, a volunteer organization, took initiative with this mindset, while setting up a food drive. In each classroom, boxes are set up collecting all canned food items. From there, baskets of food are packaged and sent to those who need them. Members involved in the club are important for setting an example for our community. It is crucial that younger generations are aware of different ways to give back.

Christmas is also a time to spend with the ones you love. For those who have lost loved ones, the holiday season can serve as a reminder. The boys and girls basketball program takes action every year and respects those who are deceased and their family members by going to the Great Lakes National Cemetery. At the cemetery, the teams put wreaths on every grave in honoring memory. Each headstone must have a wreath to complete the day. Although, the cold weather may be straining for the teams, taking time out of their days will leave them with a warm feeling of gratitude.

A large amount of holiday spirit is built from the youthful spirits of children. Sadly, not every child has the same opportunities to celebrate Christmas and enjoy the wonderful festivities. Being the holiday icon, it is a kid’s dream to meet Santa Clause. Wanting every kid to have the chance to, Key club arranged lunch with Santa. Working with Kiwanis and the community center, kids can attend and decorate cookies, make Christmas crafts, sing Christmas tunes or spend time with Santa. Through the work of arranging and setting up, Key club ensured some children fun activities to celebrate the holiday season.

There is not one true meaning of Christmas but indeed many. The true meaning being to find many ways to promote love and joy through actions and gestures. The true meaning, giving back to those and being grateful. The true meaning, simply surrounding yourself with the ones you love. Life is short, take the time to embrace the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season.

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