As the temperature begins to drop and the end of the first semester draws near, teenagers are already planning exciting things to do over the upcoming breaks. However, it’s important for us to balance the time we spend with our families and friends—and possibly even set some new traditions. One good thanksgiving day tradition could be for everyone to put their phones away for a few hours in order to truly connect to family members. Another fun tradition could be to play music in the kitchen to lessen the stress of all the cooking, or to play a fun game outside together.
My family and I like to skip Black Friday to spend even more quality time together, playing board games or binge-watching TV/movies. This is also a good thing to do at Christmas by having a Christmas-movie marathon with family and friends. We also like to bake holiday-themed treats and dance to music together. My favorite tradition for this holiday is to give and get new pajamas on Christmas eve.
For New Year’s eve, it’s fun to invite friends over for a sleepover and have a small New Year’s eve party. One tradition my family has for New Year’s eve is to create a list of some of the negative things we want to let go of, and at midnight on New Year’s, we burn the lists to symbolize moving forward. This is always something I look forward to because it’s a fun thing to do with my family and it helps me to understand that we’re always going to experience some negative things in our life, but as long as we move forward, we’ll be able to experience so many more positive ones.
Overall, the holidays are a perfect time to take a break from school and focus on the people in our lives.
Senior, Age 17