By: Brianna Naderpour and Elizabeth Carres
DEC. 12, 2016
Christmas time is nearly here, and the Raider community can’t wait! With Christmas comes the long-awaited winter break. Since the vacation will be more than two weeks long, there are a lot of fun things that students and teachers will have time to do. Recently, these reporters surveyed more than 600 St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) students to find out about their favorite Christmas traditions.
The majority agreed that Christmas is a time for loved ones to come together. Seventy-five percent of students indicated that the best part of Christmas is spending time with family. More than one-third of the respondents said that they reunite with extended family over the holidays. Most Raiders enjoy watching Christmas movies and opening presents with their families.
Food is another great way to bring families together for special occasions. Nearly half of the students selected a delicious Christmas ham as their favorite meat to have for Christmas dinner. Christmas is a great time to indulge, so dessert is essential to top off the Christmas meal. Nearly 30% selected cookies as the perfect end to the Christmas feast.
Decorating the Christmas tree is a major Christmas event, and more than 70% of those surveyed will make it a family affair. Opening presents is also quite exciting. Although some students can’t take the suspense and will open one present on Christmas Eve, more than 60% will wait until Christmas Day to open all of their presents.
Even though there is sufficient time to travel during the break, nearly 60% of the respondents prefer to relax and unwind at home. In general, most Raiders celebrate Christmas Eve. Like many South Florida residents, nearly one-third of the Raiders celebrate Noche Buena, a popular Hispanic party that is held on Christmas Eve.
There are so many ways to celebrate the Christmas holidays. However, it is important to remember that celebrating the birth of Our Savior should be the priority. Raider Review wishes everyone in the STA community an enjoyable and relaxing holiday before returning to this school year in 2017!