2017-12-01 / Education

Spread Christmas cheer

By Hanah Watts, local high school student

Hanah Watts Hanah Watts It is that time of year again, folks. Christmas.

The smell of evergreens is everywhere, and peppermint flavoring is now replacing pumpkin spice.

Everything slowly changes to a white, blue, green, and red color scheme. Christmas music is in the air. It is the season of giving, and every charity sees an increase in donations. Everyone is in the Christmas spirit, and it is fantastic.

The one point I left off the list was snow. In South Carolina, it would be a miracle if we had a white Christmas. I am not complaining though, I consider 60 degrees to be freezing.

However, when I was younger, apparently I wanted a sled for Christmas. I obviously never received that sled as there was no snow for years; nonetheless, that dream could still be achieved one day. Until that happens, the most we will have are those paper snowflakes that businesses put in their windows.

Who could forget about the Christmas music? It pours from every speaker! My dance school is doing a Christmas show, so I have been “Christmas ing” for a few months now. And I swear, if I must hear Mariah Carey sing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” one more time, I will scream (Not in rehearsal though; that would be unprofessional).

Even Michael Bublé’s “White Christmas” is starting to irk me. However, I believe the Nutcracker music has to be the worst. One of the girls at my dance school has a theory that every Christmas movie ever made has at least one of the songs from Nutcracker in it, and about 75 percent of that time, it is the Russian piece. Personally, I would have to agree.

I have to say one of my favorite parts of the holidays is driving around and looking at all the decorations in people’s yards. There was this one house near my elementary school that had a giant, glowing, blow up snow globe with a penguin inside. But, the best part was this sign they had beside it.

The name of a radio station was written on it, and when you tuned in, you could listen to Christmas music and then the snow globe would change colors with the music. It was 100 percent the best part of my morning. I would never put that in my own yard, but I would like to applaud those people for doing just that.

When it comes down to it, Christmas is a time to gather with family and enjoy the holidays. It is a time to gorge yourself with food and watch countless Christmas movies. A time to drink a great deal of hot chocolate and eat a lot of candy canes.

It is a time when I go to church and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. So stay safe in the upcoming weeks, and remember, as Buddy the Elf would say, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

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