If anybody else went to the concert on Tuesday, they know what I mean! I had gone because my cousin is a cellist in the orchestra, and I’m glad that I did. All the musical groups played, the choir, guitar ensemble, more choir, what looked like a group of kids from the Collegiate School, and it ended with the full orchestra (orchestra/band combined). They all did such fantastic jobs! It wasn’t your run of the mill college music concert, at all. There was some dancing thrown into the songs, more than one where the students came out into the audience as they sang, and songs were sung for both Kwanza and Hannakuh, alongside the mass of Christmas tunes. It went on for about two hours, so it was a good thing I didn’t bring my five year old sister along.
Personally, Christmas and all the festivities surrounding it is my favorite holiday. I love the music, the scents, the decorations, the gift giving (the gift receiving, haha!). I know a lot of my friends aren’t nearly as excited for it as I am. They talk about how their workplaces have been playing Christmas music since Halloween finished, not to mention the radio. They worry about the money that will be spent on presents and the days they can get off of work… And its kind of sad, actually, to realize that this is what Christmas has come to, for a lot of people. Religious aspects of the holiday aside, I think the whole point is to celebrate and give and spread love throughout your friends and family! To go to things like the Christmas Concert and to have a good time, to just let yourself have fun!
I guess the point I’m getting at is that when you’re celebrating one of the winter holidays, make sure you give it your all. Don’t let life get you down. So what if money is tight? Give what you can, even if its just hugs and kisses. When they say “its the thought that counts,” its no joke. I might not have gotten gifts for every single friend this year, but I make sure they know how much I love and appreciate them.
What’s your favorite part the of the winter holidays? From getting a break from school, to the holiday feast that might await you at home, share you favorites with us in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! :]