The Importance of Family During the Holidays

by Emma Zavala

The holiday season may just seem like a time to give and receive presents without reason, but it is much more than that. Although it may seem cheesy and stereotypical, the holidays are about family and friends. Personally, I am not a fan of the winter or fall seasons and I try to grasp onto summer for as long as possible.Some may agree with me, and others may disagree but whether like the warm weather and beach days, or the cold days and long nights, it’s always important to remember the importance of family.

Family may seem like a right that everyone is given, but in fact, it is a privilege. Many people in this world don’t have a family to make memories with or keep them warm during the holiday season. If you do have the privilege of having a family, then you most likely know how hard it can be to get along with siblings and parents. Every family has their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, it’s important to remember how different your life would be without those people to comfort and love you. Lots of people have divorced parents or deceased relatives and although many may think the holidays are a time for gifts, they are also a time to remember the love and sense of community with those special people in your life.

There are family traditions that people have to spend time with their families. Personally, I almost always I go to a movie on Christmas day with my family, and all of my relatives spend the day together relaxing and having fun. It’s a time to bring people together, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday. Christmas brings people together to celebrate the birth of the son of God, a figure that is very important to them. Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish victory of a religious war and has eight days of celebrational family time.

As the character Stitch from Lilo and Stitch once said, “Ohana means family. Family means that nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” Although it may be from a children’s movie, this quote has a lot of power. Family is a group of people who will love you no matter what and always be there for you. People often take this for granted.

This season is a time to remember the importance of family and how much better they make your life. So as you’re opening presents or hanging out with others this Winter Break, remember to thank your parents, siblings, and any other relatives you have for being there for you. Happy Holidays!

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