Is it truly the most wonderful time of the year?

Samantha Flores, Sports & Health Editor

The month of December is an eventful time as the holidays and festivities approach. Christmas time is great as a child, but the older one gets the more baggage comes along with Christmas, and the “most wonderful time of the year” can become the hardest. The many pros of Christmas-time come with cons as well, and these cons cause hatred for the season many love. 

This time of year is said to be a “joyous” one. The beautiful decorations, snow, presents, and activities are loved by many across the entire world. Christmas is a reflection of what is truly important: family. It brings families together to celebrate an important religious holiday and shows them all they have to be grateful for. For children, Christmas can be a stress-reliever or a time where they can be happy as they use their imagination. Santa Claus, “Elf on the Shelf”, school activities, etc. all bring children excitement this time of year. For children suffering from a disease or dealing with anxiety, Christmas is their outlet. These festivities that have been practiced for centuries bring people joy by giving them something to look forward to. 

However, the holiday season can also be hard for some people, giving them pessimistic opinions of it. This season can be hard to enjoy for those who have suffered trauma. Children with divorced parents often do not enjoy Christmas because it is not the same “family” feeling. Often, they will celebrate two Christmas’ and it will take an emotional toll on the kids and parents. Christmas can also be hard for those who have had a death in the family. Once again, the “family feeling” will not truly be there anymore, and it can also make families dislike the holidays. This season also can be difficult for low income families. They cannot afford gifts for their children who are surrounded by others at their school who get more than them. This puts pressure on the parents and makes the children sad, making the season unenjoyable for them.

The holiday season brings both positive and negative feelings to the table. It is a great time of year with decorations and family, but can be hard for those who struggle with issues at home. Different people have different opinions, so there really is no answer to if it is truly the most wonderful time of the year.