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Is Christmas too materialistic?

Photo Credit: DeAndre Oglesby
Is Christmas all about gifts?

As Christmas comes around in full swing, the frenzy for gifts begins as people race through stores and teenagers trample everything in their way, in an attempt to get the best deal, forgetting the meaning of Christmas.

This time of year people contemplate a handful of things they desperately want, and in some cases need. But many individuals forget that the most important Christmas tradition is family and friends. Growing up, my family would constantly remind me that family is the most important bond. In addition to the family, I believe that friends also are an important part of this holiday.

Every year more products are on display and become the center of attention. Products often catch the attention of children, who usually want a lot. Evidently, according to Pew Research almost every Christmas tradition has been noticeably on the decline. 31 percent of people still believe Santa Claus will visit their house on Christmas Eve. 16 percent plan on going caroling this year. 79 percent are including a Christmas tree, and only 58 percent give homemade gifts.  Meanwhile, the number of people who buy gifts for family and friends are still high.

Homemade gifts are things often made from the heart and with love. They are easy to make, such as small crafts or a gingerbread house. Wreaths are decorative, and making them is a great family activity. Although many people do not enjoy going caroling, it is an activity that requires a lot of Christmas spirit and love. The act of giving a gift can be more than items. People can donate time, or be a voice this holiday season as volunteering is always an option. People donate money to charities of their choice as well, as a way of giving. There are countless other festivities to partake in, besides just buying gifts.

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In contrast, though, Christmas is the one time of year where these deals on objects are valid. As much as we try to live without materials we do not need, sometimes that is hard. For some, buying someone they love a gift speaks from the heart. In my family, buying a Hess Truck every Christmas for the males is a tradition. This is something we never stray from, even if it is expensive. In addition to deals, seasonal items are put up for sale for a certain amount of time. Many winter events are available for a small fragment of time. Christmas season is one of the few times that people are joyous.


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Angelique Richardson
Angelique Richardson, Senior News Editor
Angelique Richardson is a 17 year old Senior at Colonia High School. She enjoys spending free time reading, writing poetry, practicing music, and taking yoga classes. Richardson is a hard-working, dedicated student - her favorite subject being English as it has nothing to do with numbers. Richardson's favorite season is fall because of  the festivities such as pumpkin picking, hay rides and drinking apple cider. She enjoys working with children and therefore spends summer doing volunteer work at Matthew Jago School. Richardson is currently a employee at Colonia Dairy Maid. Although She does not play sports, she does have an interest in watching sports. Richardson aspires to major in medicine and become a pediatrician.
DeAndre Oglesby
DeAndre Oglesby, Senior Editor
DeAndre Oglesby is a 17-year-old from Colonia New Jersey. He was born on December 7, 2000 at JFK Hospital. His nationality is African Bajan American (his mother is from the island of Barbados). Oglesby is the youngest of four children. He has two sisters and one brother. Currently, he is a senior at Colonia High School. Oglesby is quite active at school. Some of the clubs that he's in are newspaper club, LGBT club, SLAC, Anime, and many more. A few of his favorite hobbies are art, photography, poetry, writing, and YouTube. Oglesby identifies as nonbinary, and wants to change his name legally to Andie J. Lewis after high school. One of his biggest dreams is to open a school for children who are more gifted in the arts rather than academics.

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