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Not So Fast, Mr. Grinch
Michael Dunne '16
While the Grinch may have attempted to steal Christmas, many SI sophomores ensure that the holiday spirit thrives. Maintaining family traditions, pursuing charity service, and rejoicing in the winter weather, SI sophomores protect the holiday season’s joyous attitude from the Grinch and take full advantage of their time off to better the lives of themselves and their community.
Since the holidays revolve around family time, it is not surprising that many sophomores’ families have established quirky and loving traditions. For example, since many associate Christmas with several sacred hymns and jolly songs, Lizzie Ford ’16 “go[es] to the Christmas carol play in San Francisco” to participate in the festive tunes. On the other hand, the holiday spirit also emphasizes sharing. Kim Apolonio ’16 celebrates with “[her] Dad’s side of the family with all 8 families taking turns hosting Christmas reunions of gifts and delicious food.” However, the holidays can be about more than just gathering with family, as many who no longer have that privilege ought to feel some love in Whoville too.
As a communal celebration, Sophomore Krey Hacker and his family “go ice-skating every year in Union Square. After ice-skating, [they] always go to [a] café right by the rink and grab not only donuts and hot chocolate for [them]selves, but also some pastries for those on the street who want to be a part of the holiday spirit.” Through serving those in need, Krey ensures that everyone joys the holiday season. Finally, as an experienced winter warrior, Morgan Sommer ‘16 is “excited about teaching [his] ambitious little cousin how to ski this winter season,” just in case the Grinch initiates an avalanche from above.
Last but not least, other sophomores make the most out of Christmas break by simply enjoying the mountains and satisfying their stomachs. Angelina Hue ’16 “go[es] skiing/snowboarding in the Sierra Mountains,” refusing to let the temperatures hinder her. Elizabeth Cresson ’16 not only prevents the break from being thrown away, but also, as it should be done, does not allow any last scraps of food to go to waste. This became clear when all she said in response to my question regarding her holiday experience was, “Food. Endless food.”
I won’t speak for the other grades out there, but SI sophomores sure know how to make the most out of their free time during Winter break. They guard Christmas and keep the holiday spirit alive by preserving family customs, seeking community engagement, and cherishing the magical winter climate.
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