Holiday Essay: The Christmas Experience

by Lauren Blasko/Staff Writer

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Everyone likes to talk about what Christmas was like for them as a child. Most adults would say that it is better to be a child than an adult on Christmas. As a kid you get presents, make cookies, and get to see family you never get to see throughout the year. As an adult, you have to buy everyone’s gifts, wrap them, and sometimes even get your house ready for the holidays because everyone is coming over. So overall hearing between the two, you would more likely say that being a kid on Christmas sounds way better, but what about being a teenager? Teens have more responsibility than a child, but not completely like an adult. When you are a teen, you get both the benefits of being a kid at Christmas and an adult.

Most teens by the ages of 15-17 can drive. This means they can go places, see people, and make new memories. When you are a teenager you are more than likely to have a job. If you have a job, you have money, and with money you more than likely have a car. If you have a car, you can go places, which means for Christmas you could buy people gifts. As someone who is a teenager, who has a job and a car, I like to buy gifts; this is one of the things I look forward to the most during the Christmas holiday season.

When you are this high school age, you are still technically counted as an adult. Because of that on Christmas you can still get presents, just like a kid would. In most movies it seems that it is only kids that get gifts, but teenagers still do, too. With that, the gifts you receive as a teen most of the time you already know what you are getting. Teens’ Christmas lists tend to be a lot smaller than kids, which means it would be easier to shop for a teen than a kid that wants everything in the world. That way a week or two before Christmas you don’t have to stress out about what your teenage son or daughter would want before Christmas. This means at this age, you are more than likely to get what you want on Christmas Day than a child.

Finally the family benefits from Christmas. Most kids and teenagers don’t get to see their family members as much as their parents or guardians do throughout the years. With being a kid you are a full-time student that has homework and can’t drive so you can’t go anywhere unless you ask your parents, so that means you don’t really get to see your family members as much. As a teen, people who are full-time students, have a job and homework, and sometimes have other after school activities you tend to not have time to see your family that doesn’t live near you. So on Christmas you are just as excited as a kid is to see your family members. That’s why being a teen on Christmas is the best because you are just as excited as a little kid to see your family on the national holiday.

When you are a teen, you get both the benefits of being a kid and an adult on Christmas Day. Being a teen is in between being a kid and an adult, which means you get the benefits of both being a child and an adult. This is why it is better to be this age on the day of Christmas rather than being an adult or kid.