By The Gossiping Fraulein
Christmas is a joyful time of year for many, and is known not just for celebration or giving presents, but for the presence of friends, family, and loved ones. This year, instead of writing a full article explaining all the joys we’re all so aware of, I have decided to interview students and ask them what their favourite part of Christmas is. A lot of students’ families have many different traditions, likes, and dislikes but in this article we will be focusing on the likes and favourite parts of Christmas.
As I stalked the corridors of the castle looking for my first victim, I came upon a young, 2nd year Gryffindor by the name of Jayden Lukas who agreed to be interviewed. Below you will find a great and emotional description given by Mr. Lukas about what part of Christmas he enjoys. Jayden started explaining how his favourite part of christmas was being at home with family and not having to go to classes (a joyous reason why we all love holidays). He continued, explaining about decorating the Christmas tree and drinking hot cocoa. He also confessed he loves spending time together with friends and family because someday they may not be there. After a slight pause, Mr. Lukas rather emotionally explained he wished that his own parents were still here so he could spend christmas with them. He warned that we should all appreciate others and let them know how we feel while they’re here. Mr. Lukas finally commented describing the Lukas family tradition he partakes in,
decorating the Christmas tree together along with exchanging Christmas presents with one another. His family also has the odd tradition of opening one present on Christmas Eve.
Letting Mr Lukas get on his way, a parchment plane smacked into my face with an interview I requested a close slytherin friend of mine to do as I had not been well. The interviewee was Mr. Upton Zero a sixth year Gryffindor known for his monkey acrobatics around the school. Even before being interviewed Zero had said getting off school and going home (seems to be the answer of many students!) was his favourite bit. Zero went onto explain that his favourite part of Christmas break was spending time with his girlfriends, family, traveling, and celebrating at New Year’s parties. When asked what would Zero change at christmas or do differently, he replied making the holiday longer and more parties. Zero finally explained that there was no tradition with his family as none of them are religious so traditions really don’t take place in his family. This shows that some families simply don’t have a tradition or don’t keep up with them. Each family is different with unique answers!
I started my wanders around the castle again and became quite peckish..and so headed for the kitchens where, to my surprise, a 5th year Hufflepuff by the name of Morgan Maldive was there. No point beating about the Mandrake I asked Mr. Maldive what his favourite part of Christmas was. Morgan grew, in this writer’s eyes, overexcited, explaining how he loved the lights when flying a broom and looking down. Morgan described the view below of being like the heavens and every star in the sky. He told how he would look up enchanted by the night sky though to him their just lights they were mesmerizing. On a sadder note Morgan did explain with a faint smile that this Christmas he was going decorate his grandmother and grandfather’s gravestones. Morgan commented that if there was anything different he would do at Christmas it would be visiting his grandparents grave with family as it wouldn’t feel right going alone. I didn’t want to keep Morgan too long, so asking my final question-what traditions his family had for Christmas. Morgan laughed and explained besides feasting, his grandmother would levitate him to the top of the Christmas tree to put the star on. Now either Morgan or his father will levitate Morgan’s younger sister, Melody to put the star at the top of the tree. Morgan continued on describing how he also would light a candle each day for the 12 days of Christmas, the candles filling his house with the smell of vanilla and pumpkin. During the interview I had been stuffing my face with a pumpkin pastry while also writing down Morgan’s answers. Another brilliant interview and a good snack also!
As I made my way around the castle again with the occasional burp – pardon me, yes those pumpkin pastry are good but oh, they make you gassy – I bumped into a Hufflepuff prefect who I knew to be Aisling Jones. Managing to grab a few moments of her time, Prefects do have a lot to do near the Christmas holidays. Sitting on the window sill with Aisling, questioning her what her favourite part of christmas was, the redhead was very brief but it was understandable as she was in a hurry. Aisling explained it was hard to pick a single favourite part of Christmas as every part was wonderful with it being such a festive period. Aisling explained the only thing she would change at Christmas would be the people who complain about it, them being the Grinches of Christmas. When asked if there was any tradition she merges in with everyday Christmas activities Aisling shortly replied, ‘Is there a difference?’. As the girl looked puzzled and needed to rush off, I let her get on her merry way as holding up Prefects is never a good idea.
So there you have it. The favourite parts of Christmas as told by many different students. Even this is just a small look into some families’ traditions and opinions of the holiday season. This Christmas if you’re staying in the castle and you have no favourite part of Christmas, why don’t you try speaking to other students and finding out if they have one or not. If they don’t maybe you could all gang up and create a new tradition together, something to be your favourite activity in years to come?