Dear Santa…

Rachelle Huerta, Staff Writer

Over time, the value of Christmas has swayed away from the tradition of family, joy, love and happiness.

Should children value the gifts under the tree rather than the quality time spent with their family? No, they should not! Family is forever. That new video game you asked for; a newer version will be released which will cause you to forget about the one you were begging for. Those new shoes you asked for will wear out, and sooner or later go out of style, but the long lasting memories you make with your family will not.

Despite how much your family may get under your skin, Christmas, let alone any other holiday, would not be the same without them. Sitting down to enjoy the meal you prepared together is irreplaceable. Whether you have a family of two or a family of 12, or a family made up of all of your friends, the tremendous amounts of laughs and smiles will be hard to forget.

I am not saying you are wrong for asking for the finest things on the shelves. I only ask that you do not take this time with your loved ones for granted. There is no shame in wanting to open the biggest present under the tree with your name on the tag, but do not forget to let your loved ones know how much you appreciate it. It should not be the quality of the gift that matters the most, because nothing beats a gift from the heart.

Although it may be hard to realize, some people do have it better than others; it is a sad, but well known fact. Some families struggle to give their children the most expensive items on their wish list, but they try to make the best of it. Be thankful for what you do have, because at the end of the day someone does have it harder than you, whether you decide to realize it or not.

Memories are forever, but most importantly family is forever. Therefore enjoy it! Make memories that will be unforgettable, ones that will remind you of someone or something, even if that person is no longer in your life. I do not know about you but I would rather walk away with a handful of stories to tell, than a new outfit, that you most likely will not be able to describe in ten years.