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Why you should be grateful during the holiday season

Alyssa Wilborn, Reporter

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Waking up to presents can be exciting, but some of us never really celebrate or even acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas. As a matter of fact, I’m sure there are people out there that don’t even know what Christmas is all about. Despite the family gatherings with the food and presents, Christmas is the day Jesus was born. This day should be celebrated out of love and, in my opinion, you don’t need a gift to feel loved. You should feel loved by just being around your loved ones or even your friends. Money shouldn’t have to be spent to show how much someone admires or loves you.

Nowadays, it’s expected to get someone a gift because if you don’t some people are offended and don’t care enough about them to spend your money on them. In other cases, especially with older people, they understand the idea that buying a gift is not necessary to show your affection for someone. I really can’t say what time period people began misinterpreting the meaning of this holiday and what it is supposed to be about. But, I can say that it has been like this for quite some time now. Even with little gifts, you will always encounter someone who is ungrateful. They believe that if the present they are given is not expensive then you might as well return it. Unfortunately, the families who have it best seem to cherish things less and vice versa for those who don’t have it very well. They also value you and every little thing you do and won’t take it for granted. Sometimes people forget that everything we have can be ripped away in literally a matter of seconds.

Being grateful isn’t that hard and neither is a simple thank you. Everyone starts from scratch and has to work their way up to the point where they’re currently at. One day you can wake up and have to start all over again on your life journey. This is only one of the reasons why you need to cherish everything while you can or, should I say before it is gone.

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