Expectations of the Holidays By Malvina Giannoulis

On Thanksgiving Day everyone is thankful for their friends, family, and everything they have, yet the next day, Black Friday, is when people wake up at four o’clock in the morning and go shopping the rest of the day. Up until Christmas, malls and stores are packed from when they open until they are finally closed. The question is why does everyone have such high expectations of the holiday season?This time of year has seemed to become more about presents rather than spending time with your family and celebrating. Not saying that no one should be given a present around the holidays, but some people go to the extreme. Personally, I think that presents are more about the meaning and less about how much it costs or what brand it is.

Besides buying and receiving presents you should give back to the people who need it the most. For example, you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate clothes and toys. All year round there are Salvation Army bins that you could drop clothes in, but around the holiday season you will hear about something called Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots is basically the collection of toys by schools, girl scouts, and other organizations to give back to kids’ parents who don’t have a lot of money to buy presents for the holidays. This is just one of the many examples of places where you can give back.

Instead of buying loads of expensive gifts for people you can make something yourself that’s meaningful and the person still loves. You can make a scrapbook, piece of jewelry, or even just a nice card.

After asking freshman, Danielle Kelly, about who she exchanges gifts with she said, “A few of my closest friends and family members. Last year I bought too many gifts and it was too expensive.”

Many people around the holiday season expect extravagant gifts such as new phones, computers, and other expensive items, when really it should be more about family. Of course, it is nice to receive many gifts, but you have to be thankful for what you already have and help others who need it more.