As the end of the fall term approaches, we get closer and closer to the holidays. In these times, many people are feeling joyous and friendly with the holiday spirit in the air. It is a time to be spent with family, friends, and even new people you are just meeting to create memories that you’ll never forget.
For many, these memories are the highlights of the year and come to the mind without warning to remind them how great life can be. I took to the cold, wet sidewalks of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University here in Prescott to find some warm memories of the holidays and this is what I found:
Q: What is one of your favorite holiday memories?
A: “Christmas when I was a kid. It’s just fun. Open gifts and sit under the tree. My birthday is also around Christmas time, so it’s like having two holidays at the same time.” – Miguel Salazar
A: “Dim Sum with my extended family in Toronto!” – Justin Greger
A: “My favorite memory is going up to the Snowbowl up in Flagstaff during Christmas time. It’s a family tradition of ours.” – Kathleen Poole
A: “My kids and my grandkids, all six of them, came to our house in Colorado and we spent a week skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. That was probably the best memory.” – Ken Wright, ERAU Security Officer
A: “I got to say Christmas, the day before doing tamales with my family.” – Perla Lopez
A: “When we paused ‘A Christmas Story’ at the point where the dad gets Ralphie the Red Ryder BB gun, and my dad had gotten me and my brother Red Ryder BB guns.” – Nathan Dalke
This holiday season remember what is important in life and spend some time cherishing your loved ones. Everyone has problems in life, but only you have the combination of people that care for you and want to see you succeed. You have a unique and ever-changing collection of people who care for you more than you know. This time of year, is your chance to see who those people are, and to show the ones that you value that you care about them.
It’s the time of the season to spread some love and receive it in return while making memories and practicing comforting and exciting traditions to strengthen your bond to your people. These memories and bonds will strengthen you to find the courage to stand up to your everyday challenges and conquer them as you succeed in life. Have a happy and safe holiday season!