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2 • BENNETT BANNER • DECEMBER 11.1998
• OPINION • OPINION • OPINION • OPINION • OPINION
KENYA A. SAMUELS
What Christmas truly means to me
Growing up the Christmas season was always my favorite. To go
downstairs early in the morning and see what Santa left me was
always my incentive. The cookies and milk were always gone and so
was the note my younger brother left. I was nine when I caught my
They sat me down and told me that Santa Claus wasn’t all there
was to celebrate that day. My mom said that I should continue to be
thankful for the things I already had and grateful for the things
underneath the tree. My dad told
me that Christmas wasn’t all about
competing with your friends to see
who got the best presents, and
being out of school for a couple of
In time I learned that the commercialization of the season has
taken away its true meaning. The day after Thanksgiving is a prime
example. The massive proportions of Christmas trees bought that
day has reached massive numbers. The hoards of people going in
and out of stores to start their hoUday shopping, stopping at nothing
to get the perfect gift is ridiculous. People haven’t let their turkey
digest and they are already worried about how to get the last “tickle
me Elmo” for their children.
Many people think the celebration of the birth of Christ is the true
meaning of the season. There are also some who say that He wasn’t
bom Dec. 25. Then there are those who don’t celebrate Christmas at
all. Regardless, there is a day set aside for people to come together
once again and reflect on the year.
The true meaning of the Christmas season to me is family. They
are the ones who will continue to be by my side through everything I
endeavor. Families are a celebration of life regardless of whose life it
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What is the true meaing of Christmas?
Photos by Marie Smith, Staff Photograher.
HOME; NEW YORK
Christmas is a time for thanking
all my loved ones, and giving
instead of receiving. Also to
remember the birth of my Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
MAJOR; SOCIAL WORK
HOME; WASHINGTON, DC
Christmas is going home and
spending time with all of the
special people in my life.
HOME; NEW YORK
Christmas over the years has
gotten extremely over commer
cialized. Instead of celebrating
the birth of Jesus, we celebrate
and anticipate the materialistic
objects we will receive.
Christmas is a time of giving and
remembering the birth of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
HOME; NORTH CAROLINA
Christmas is not about gifts, but
about spending time with loved
HOME; NEW YORK
Christmas is supposed to be a
day of sharing and spreading
love. However, it has become a
commercial holiday where
people are more concerned with
the receiving than the giving. It's
forced me to celebrate Kwanzaa.