Short Days, Short Weeks
A lot happens in these few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The time period between the two vacations is tantalizingly short, yet some of the most exciting moments of the year happen in this interval: college acceptances, first ski races, Snowball, Yulefest, and a high concentration of school work.
I was lucky enough to receive my first and only college acceptance letter this week; I found out on Friday that I was accepted to Dartmouth College early decision, so if all goes well that is where I will be going. I can speak for myself and the others who have gotten in early decision and say that it’s an amazing feeling to know what you will be doing for the next four years. While it is not recommended to slack off for the remainder of senior year, there is a feeling of relief, like I can finally do things because I want to do them, not because I need to in order to get into college. On that note, I wish everyone else luck, especially those that are finding out this week. I know the last few days are the hardest!
It’s crazy to think that in a few days we will be leaving for break again. We’ll finish classes, pack everything up, and get ready to go. But, wait! There’s still one more commitment we have to go to! Just when you’re all ready to head outta here, there is another required event: Yulefest. Now, let me tell you something about Yulefest. When I was a young child, there was one holiday event that was almost as exciting as Christmas itself. It was an evening when I would get together with all of my friends, climb up on the stage to listen to “The Night Before Christmas” (and receive candy canes from Santa afterwards), and listen to all the silly high school kids singing Christmas songs. Not to mention the sugar high from all the cookies afterwards.
Now that I am older and participating in the concert I still see Yulefest as the true beginning of the holidays. Our community gathers one last time before break, to celebrate the holiday spirit of being together with friends and family. Now, if you know me well, you know that I tend to be more irritated than cheered by Christmas songs. I’m not a fan of those cheesy tunes you hear on the radio this time of year; you will most likely see me plugging my ears if one happens to come on. That said, I can definitely appreciate a little bit of holiday cheer, especially on such a joyous occasion as the start of vacation.
Where am I going with this? Mostly, I just want everyone to appreciate Yulefest, don’t be so anxious to get out of here that you forget to spend a little bit of extra time with your friends, relaxing, listening to some music (we could all use a break from Dubstep now and then), and thinking about the wonderful vacation ahead. Ya know, meditate a little bit on what the holidays mean and why we are so fortunate, yadda yadda. Ok, enough of that. Good luck to everyone in the final week before break. Here’s a thought: work hard enough so that you really deserve a vacation. But don’t get too stressed out; enjoy yourself. Happy Holidays!!