What Do the Holidays Mean to You?

By: Lauren Pascocello

During the upcoming break Murrowites will be spending time celebrating different holidays, but all of them hold a special meaning.

Sophomore Aaliyah Hinckson said her favorite holiday, Christmas, is about feeling fortunate and being with family.

“It’s a time for giving and receiving,” she said. “Christmas means to be fortunate because some people might not have gifts so it shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s also a time to celebrate with family.”

Simona Zak is looking forward to Hanukkah for similar reasons.

“Hanukkah means spending time with family,” said the sophomore. “Celebrating traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.”

Jemmy Rojas doesn’t have huge holiday traditions but said that Christmas still holds a special meaning.

“We don’t do much but just open gifts,” Rojas said. “But Christmas is still a time for family to be together.”

Murrowite Sara Lulanaj, who is Muslim, said she is looking forward to ringing in the New Year.

“It’s the ‘new-year, new-me’ type of thing,” said the junior. “New Year’s is about having another start to try and be more successful than the year before.”

But for Gina Alamerie the holiday season is a time full of love. She’ll be celebrating Hanukkah  and it’s eight nights of festivities.

“Hanukkah is where everyone eats together and gets presents from one another,” said the senior. “It’s about everyone loving each other and being together.”

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