by Kaitlyn Becker, Kaneland Krier
KANELAND—Temperatures dropping means it is time to begin preparing for the holidays. With Christmas just a moment away, people are left to reminisce about childhood traditions, as well as plans to make new ones.
One tradition popular among all generations is opening presents on Christmas morning. Judy Fabrizius, a grandmother, mother and Family and Consumer Science teacher at Kaneland High School (KHS), has her own special memories with this tradition.
“We got livestock as presents, and one time we were given a white reindeer named Rudolph,” Fabrizius said.
As an adult, she enjoys doing things for others. She said it makes her happier than receiving gifts.
“Seeing my children smile at a present I got them that they didn’t expect to get makes me happy,” Fabrizius said.
Cynthia Violett, a mother and KHS Teaching and Learning Coach, has her own tradition on opening gifts.
“The kids can’t open their presents until I have my coffee,” Violett said.
While presents have been a part of Christmas time for a while, it’s clear that some feel a shift in the old tradition.
“They’re advertising sooner now; I don’t want to see that until it’s closer to Christmas time,” Violett said.
Fabrizius feels that people have become more selfish, preferring to receive gifts more than give them.
“The spirit of giving has been lost,” Fabrizius said.
KHS freshman Grace Ringel’s Christmas consists of staying home and opening presents. She agreed that a lot of other traditions have been replaced with even more presents.
“People are spoiled. As generations have gone by, it’s lost meaning,” Ringel said.
Some disagree with such a statement. Violett believes that her kids are excited for more things than just presents.
“My kids still enjoy the whole Christmas experience,” Violett said.
Ringel said that she doesn’t have any cherished Christmas traditions, and doesn’t think she will share any traditions with her kids in the future.
“There’s none. Just buying them presents,” Ringel said.
Ultimately, Fabrizius thinks that during Christmas time it’s best to appreciate what you have. After all, she remembers experiences more than what presents she got.
“In a year, a Gameboy won’t matter,” Fabrizius said.