What Christmas Means to Me 

Is it all about the presents?

A tradition in the Jernegan family is to always set up the tree in the living room on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which was November 30, 2019 this year.

Alex Jernegan, Staff Writer


People who celebrate Christmas often have their own meanings. To some, Christmas means shopping. To others, decorations, snow and much more. The most often heard meaning of Christmas, especially for young kids, is presents.

One thing I like about Christmas is the presents, but I’m not very crazy about them. Presents aren’t the only thing I get around the holiday season. Like many who celebrate Christmas, I get to see family, eat festive food, decorate for the holiday, and most importantly have traditions.

Every family with Christmas spirit has their own traditions. Every year, I do the same fun traditions. These include using my mom’s china on the dining table every Christmas morning and having a chocolate Advent calendar. We also decorate our Christmas tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  And we stay home every Christmas morning.

On Christmas Eve we go to two parties. One is at my grandmother’s house were we sing happy birthday to baby Jesus and have a cake.  At my nana’s house we exchange gifts.

All these traditions I do at Christmas tell me that presents are not the only thing I get out of Christmas. It is the memories I make during this time of year.

Every person who celebrates Christmas has their own meaning, but this is what Christmas means to me. 

What will you do over the break?

  • Indulge in chocolate, baked goods, candies, and/or sweets (26%, 8 Votes)
  • Read, make art, write, or play board/video games (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Sleep late and maybe even stay in my pajamas a whole day (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Celebrate a religious holiday (i.e., Xmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, etc..) (13%, 4 Votes)
  • Hang out with friends locally (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Hunker down to do school work (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Binge watch a program (or maybe several!) (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Participate in a school sponsored winter sport (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Participate in a non-school sponsored winter sport (i.e., skiing, snowboarding, etc.) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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 Photos of the 2019 Jernegan Christmas celebrations were added on December 28, 2019.