With winter break approaching, the annual issue arises yet again at San Luis Obispo High School: is Christmas time really the “most wonderful time of the year,” or is it simply overrated? While most younger children are overwhelmed by the excitement of gifts and holiday traditions, teenagers are more known to see the “dark side” of the Christmas season, marking it simply as an opportunity for mass corporations to make bank, and for families to face financial stresses.
Does the undeniable reality of this capitalist-driven celebration take away from the “true” meaning of Christmas?
“I definitely think that Christmas has become more materialistic, but I still love those moments when you’re decorating your whole house, and you have wreaths and lights,” said junior Samantha Gibbs.
Other students are even actively taking part in holiday traditions that better the community and benefit those less fortunate.
“My family donates leftovers from Christmas dinner to the homeless shelter. We also take part in an organization called Angels Bearing Gifts which donates gifts to adults with special needs,” said sophomore Ashley Monteiro.
Big companies may see Christmas a time to maximize profit, but by supporting local organizations and events such as the annual Cambria Christmas lights, homeless shelters, and by upholding communal and family traditions, students can make the holidays a little more merry.