80 degree weather, humidity, and no snow—with all these present it can be tough getting into the holiday spirit. But at Christopher Columbus High School, things couldn’t get any more jollier.
At Christopher Columbus High School, no time is wasted for getting into the the Christmas spirit. The library is decorated from wreaths on the door to figurines and bows on every shelf. The towering Christmas tree that resides in the cafeteria. And, the student “favorite,” the timeless Christmas music that plays throughout the hallways every time classes are let out. Yet it’s important to remember that Christmas isn’t only a time for decorations but a time for tradition.
Columbus, despite being a school of many backgrounds and diversity, there’s one tradition that all students and faculty share when it comes to Christmas and that’s spending time with family. Nicholas Camps, Senior, said “Christmas is a time for family and friends to truly be with each other.” Camps explained how his heritage plays a big role during this time of year. “Being Cuban, my entire family celebrates the night before on Noche Buena,” Camps said. “That’s when I truly feel the meaning of Christmas and home all at once.”
With midterms just around the corner, it’s important to remember that teachers and students have something else to look forward to at the end of the first semester—winter break must be right around the corner. The Columbus faculty and students alike look forward to the break not only to spend time with family but also some much needed rest. Anneris Cedeño, teacher, looks forward to break. “I need some much needed ‘R and R’,” Cedeño laughed. “Teaching and especially running S.A.C. can be very demanding.”
With both teachers and students counting the days to the break to spend time relaxing and reflecting on the first semester. Michael Herrero, Senior, thinking back on the first semester claimed “it was tough getting back into the swing of things. Herrero reflected, ” I think I’m ready and I looking forward to what the new year has in store for me.”
Christmas break not only marks the end of the first semester but the beginning of a new year. A time to gather with family and make some resolutions. With the Columbus community looking forward to making the new year count, things couldn’t look any brighter for the school’s second semester.