Halls are Decked, Checks be Wrecked

Bright lights, decked out halls, cookie baking, and enjoying the holidays with the ones you love. The holidays are known to be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, but also “The Season of Giving” leading people to give back to the community and most importantly the ones they love. But, how far are people willing to go when shopping for this holiday season?

Sure the holidays are known to be a joyful time, but the work behind a gift is another story. Many stores advertise themselves for holiday shopping because they know it’s the busiest time of the year. “The time before the actual giving of the gift is a frantic, expensive, and stressful time. Trying to find something that will show how much you care for someone but trying to not blow your bank account,” said freshman Evelyn Murillo.

“The holidays are a very important time for my family and I. On average I probably spend $80-$100 on gifts, and that’s for the 30 people that I usually get gifts for Christmas,” said freshman Lauren Ticsay. Ticsay also said, “When my family starts shopping for Christmas gifts, it gets to the point we go shopping every week between the time frame of right after Thanksgiving to 3 days before Christmas. My parents usually spend around $1,000-$2,000 on gifts.”

Many gifts giving activities are in the works once Thanksgiving has passed over, such as Secret Santa, White Elephant, Gift Guess, Holiday Trivia, and many more creative ones. Based on a survey, four of five students are participating in a gift-giving activity this holiday season, and those four have started the tradition of gift exchanges from the age of 12-13; seventh grade.

In the end, freshman Zahily Bosch said, “No matter how much money it is you’ve spent on a person you care for, I feel it’s just a memorable time to spend and reflect on how your past year has gone, because in the end, the spending of the money was worth showing how much you care through the sentimental value of a gift.”

Photo Credit: Madeline Cabana

Photo Caption: The WCTA hallways are decked with festive holiday decorations.

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