Looking past the lights, presents, music, and hot cocoa, Christmas is a time to call upon family and friends to celebrate companionship and love for one another. Many families have their own way of celebrating this jolly holiday with annual traditions and customs to make the special day enjoyable and memorable. From staying at home to traveling across […]
Looking past the lights, presents, music, and hot cocoa, Christmas is a time to call upon family and friends to celebrate companionship and love for one another.
Many families have their own way of celebrating this jolly holiday with annual traditions and customs to make the special day enjoyable and memorable. From staying at home to traveling across the world, members of the Christian Brothers community celebrate Christmas in their own way that compliments their personal traditions.
Many people think Christmas is a festival of greed and selfishness, but Gabie Salud (’20) crushes these ideologies.
“Personally, I love to spoil my friends and family and give back as much as possible,” she says. “Christmas is a time to spend holidays with family and travel to see family that I haven’t seen in a long time.”
Taking into account the less fortunate and their living situation, Gabie and her family give back to the community by helping feed the homeless with other family and friends at St. James Church. In doing this act of kindness, Gabie reflects on her own family and life.
“Christmas reminds me how fortunate I am to spend time with family and friends,” the junior says.
Lesandra Gutierrez’s (‘20) family Christmas traditions include her annual celebration of Las Posadas, a religious celebration that commemorates the journey leading up to the birth of Jesus.
A Posada consists of singing traditional Mexican songs and re-enacting the journey Mary and Joseph took when looking looking for a place to birth Jesus. Lesandra recounts the festive day as a time to spend with family and enjoy each other’s presence. She also considers it to be a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
“It’s a reserved time to to get together with family and pray the rosary in the days leading up to Christmas,” she says. “We also have the traditional beverages and food known as ponche, chocolate canela, and Aroz con leche.”
“I personally love this holiday because I get to spend time with my family during the Posadas and on Christmas Day as well,” she added. “I also love Christmas shopping for my loved ones and I like to see their faces as they open the gifts I chose for them.”
The valuable time spent with loved ones during this holiday season is cherished and memorable. Adapting the Lasallian Core Principles of Inclusive Community and Respect for all Persons, it is important to consider those unfortunate and those who struggle in this season of gift-giving and happiness.