By Johnnah Turner
Who’s ready for the upcoming winter break? A time for spending time with family, eating good food and celebrating various holidays and traditions, both Wertheimer students and staff are eagerly awaiting a chance to relax! I had the chance to speak to a couple of students about how they plan to spend their time over the holidays, and it was interesting to hear about the traditions of others.
When asked about some of her favorite things to do during her break, Janae Walker told me that she loves listening to Christmas music, helping to decorate her house, making pie and watching holiday parades with her family. She mentioned that she was also looking forward to the good food that she shares with relatives such as sweet potato pie, collard greens, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and turkey stuffing. Yum!
Emma Fairfield also shared with me some of the ways that she likes to spend her holiday. While celebrating Christmas, Emma’s favorite traditions include attending church with her family and decorating her Christmas tree!
Ginger Schwartz, English-Language Arts teacher at Wertheimer, has her own special traditions that center around the celebration of the eight days of Hanukkah. When I inquired about her traditions, she replied, “We light the Menorah at sun down each night for eight days. The man of the house lights the candles. The first night we light one candle, the second night we light two candles. During the lighting of the candles we say a prayer in Hebrew”. She also revealed that she was really looking forward to the chance to spend time with her children and catch up on her reading.
I share in the excitement and happiness felt by Janae, Emma and Mrs. Schwartz about the upcoming winter break! I, too, have special plans that include welcoming family from Oklahoma and taking part in our special holiday traditions such as giving and receiving gifts.
Despite what you do or how you celebrate, I encourage everyone enjoy the time off to relax, reflect and refresh. Happy Holidays!