The Crier’s Holiday Favorites

Amelie Pineda

With the holidays around the corner, the Crier staff shares some of their holiday favorites.

As December begins, it’s officially full steam ahead on the Christmas and winter holiday festivities! Putting up decorations, baking, shopping, binge watching holiday classics – all exciting parts of the season. Quarantine is the perfect excuse to snuggle up and celebrate the season at home this year. Here are the Crier Staff’s all-time favorite ways to spend their holiday season!

Winter is arguably the busiest season of the year, packed with holidays to celebrate. What day during the holiday season do you look forward to the most?

Poll results from Crier Staff.

What day during the holiday season do you look forward to the most?
34 votes · 34 answers

Although COVID might change the way everyone celebrates the holidays this year, many traditions will live on. Do your friends or family have any traditions for the holidays?

On Christmas Eve my family waits all night till 12am when it’s Christmas Day to open our gifts up! While waiting we play games, talk, and listen to music. Amelie Pineda, ‘23

My favorite holiday tradition is putting up our Christmas tree while watching Home Alone. Jessie Hairrell, ‘22

Even though my brother never usually cooks or bakes, on Thanksgiving he makes the best banana pie. Dana Khatib, ‘21

With the semester coming to an end, I love playing Christmas music as motivation to finish up last minute assignments before winter break. What are your favorite holiday songs and movies?
Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande are the queens of Christmas music! Morgan James, ‘21

Elf and Home Alone, They aren’t super cheesy and still have Christmas spirit. Neela Gilbert, ‘22
I like Deck the Halls, Christmas Eve (Sarajevo), and Jingle Bell Rock because I grew up listening to them. Jamie Okulanis, ‘23

Although shopping for Christmas gifts can be time-consuming and expensive, knowing you found the perfect gift for your friends and family makes it all worth it. When do you start shopping for Christmas gifts? Where do you go to find the best deals?
Around the week of thanksgiving. I shop on Amazon so that I can avoid the mob depravity of in store Black Friday shopping. Johanna Selmeczy, ‘22
I just buy stuff whenever I see something I like. I shop at Best Buy, Amazon, Micro Center, Walmart, or pretty much anywhere if it has good deals. Ian Chang, ‘23

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday, winter is an exciting time for everyone, filled with memories and quality time with family. What is your favorite memory attached to this time of year?
Two years ago, my family traveled to Europe for winter break. We celebrated Christmas in Paris (which was beautiful), spent a few days in Barcelona, and welcomed the new year in London with our cousins there. Diya Thomas, ‘21
Snow days!! Neela Gilbert, ‘22
Spending time with family! Morgan James, ‘21; Ian Chang, ‘23; Ananya Maddulapalli, ‘23; Christiana Kirov, ‘24

How do you like spending your holiday season? Tell us your favorite holiday tradition or memory in the comments below or tag us on Twitter @ConantCrier and Instagram @theconantcrier!'

Maria Ahmad

Maria is a Features Editor for the Conant Crier and is a junior. This is her second year on the Crier staff. She plays soccer at Conant and does travel soccer at FC United. Outside of school and soccer, Maria likes to bake, watch Netflix, and listen to music.

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