Different types of people during the holidays

Many people fall into the various stereotypes of people during the holidays… which one do you fall into?

This perfectly decorated Christmas tree either makes people jump up and down with joy or makes people dread the upcoming Christmas season.

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This perfectly decorated Christmas tree either makes people jump up and down with joy or makes people dread the upcoming Christmas season.

Cristina Himelhoch, Staff Writer

Every year people react to the approaching holidays in drastically different ways. Studies have proven that there is a positive correlation between higher levels of happiness anticipating the holidays. But, once the holidays are over, that high level of happiness seems to diminish. There are several generalizations of “types” of people during the holidays. Basically, people are much happier before and during the holidays. There is that annoying person who starts playing Christmas music the second Halloween is over, then there is that angry person who cannot stand the people that are overly excited for the holidays, and finally there is that highly stressed out person who is frantically trying to plan everything weeks before the holidays approach. But, I think it is most interesting to take a look at the differences between different age groups.

Little Kids: Children are the most creative out of the different age groups. There are the children that still believe in Santa Claus and reindeer. The magic is still alive and thriving in their innocent minds as they decorate their houses, bake gingerbread cookies with their mothers, and make wish lists full of all of the gifts that they desperately cannot wait to receive Christmas morning. These kids are the ones that have an extremely difficult time going to sleep on Christmas Eve and wake up at four in the morning to run to the Christmas tree and open presents. They will spend the entire day playing with their new toys and eating all the food that their parents made.  Senior Catie Tootle states that her favorite memory as a kid during the holidays was “playing family kickball games the day after Christmas.” Christmas gets the most attention from children during the holidays. Of course they love Thanksgiving because of all of the food, but Christmas is just so much more fun.

Teenagers: Teenagers have the stereotype of being the partiers. Holidays serve as another excuse to throw a party – especially for New Year’s Eve. A lot of teenagers fall under the generalization of being overly excited or not excited at all. Some teenagers enjoy the food and decorations of the holidays more than anything. Senior Hannah Edmonds states that her favorite part about the holidays is “blasting that funky Christmas music while driving!” Senior Keri Vollenwieder states that her favorite part about the holidays is “all of the Christmas cookies.”

Adults: There are several different types of adults during the holidays. There are the stressed out parents, who are the ones that are in charge of everything. They have to plan out all of the meals to accommodate their entire families, cook, clean, and buy gifts. Weeks before the holidays even approach, they are creating long shopping lists. When asked about which category his parents fit into, senior Jeremy Bertish says, “They are stressed out for sure. We come from a lower income family than most, they stress because they want my sister and me to be happy, but personally I’m just happy that I still have them in my life. They’re my biggest supporters and a Christmas present for me is knowing they have my back.” Another type of adult during the holidays would be the one that just shows up to the family dinner with a store bought dessert in order to seem as though they are contributing. Also, there is the adult that buys all of the kids way too many gifts. They like to go overboard as though they are trying to buy everyone’s approval. The final type of adult during the holidays is the one who is still a kid deep down inside. They are the same ones that dress up elaborately for Halloween. But this time, during Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are the ones that are playing with the children, decorating for Christmas, planning out fun traditions or events, and eating all the food they possibly can.