Student voice

Sitting in the Fred Meyer's parking lot on a cold, Tuesday night, I find myself coming to the realization that there is nothing I want more for Christmas than to know that I helped improve somebody else's holiday. It's not a hard task.

A holiday should be a time away from the things of everyday life, an escape, a vacation. I would say that Christmas, and the whole holiday season's meaning, is too easily forgotten. It's time we get back to the root of the word, and realize that the materialism we tend to attach with Christmas is not what Christmas is truly about.

The religious standpoint aside, Christmas was never intended to be about the material gifts we receive from other people, or how much we spend; this is the season of love, joy and thankfulness.

When did it become OK for Justice, a girls clothing store, to send out their ads with stickers on the inside that say things such as 'must have' and 'one in every color,' just so girls can mark exactly what it is they think they need?

In January, the state of Oregon had 22,116 people listed as homeless, and 3,748 of them were listed as families with children.

It doesn't sit right with me that so many people spend time stressing about what they'll get, when what we need is to think about what we already have. For instance: You, like myself, probably sleep in your own bed every night.

When you go to the store as part of your normal routine this week, don't bypass the tree in the front that is silently asking you to buy a gift and stick under it. When you see canned food on sale, buy and donate the food.

I suggest that, before we go crazy this season with materialism and the reception of gifts, we stop and make a list of the things we want to give. Be it canned food, clothes, or just a smile, we've all got something to make another person or family's holiday cheery and bright.

Madison Darr is a sophomore at Scappoose High School and a journalism student. She aspires to be a writer and, in time, an English teacher.

STUDENT VOICE is a new editorial feature that showcases a Scappoose High School student's opinions on topics of his or her choice. The participating students are on staff at the high school's student newspaper, The Candle, or are students in Scott Deckelman's journalism class.

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