I love the holiday season. My sister, Freya, can finally come back up to the Upper Peninsula. She cannot come back home often because she goes to the University of Michigan. I also like being off from school and hanging out with family and friends. I like it because normally during the year, my friends and family are busy with school or their jobs.
On Thanksgiving, my family usually eats with my uncle, his kids, and three or four family friends. We eat turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, fruit salad, and plenty of pies, etc. My dad cooks everything except the fruit salad. My sister and I make that. We had a pretty lively table on Thanksgiving this year. My dad and my uncle talked about their childhood and that was pretty interesting. My cousin and one of my mom's friends talked about their backpacking trips to Europe.
During December, I like making cookies with Freya and my mom. It is a lot of fun because I love hanging out with them. My favorite ones to make are peanut butter balls and gingerbread cookies. I beg my mom to make them every year before Freya comes home but my mom always makes me wait till Freya is back.
GlenEllen LEHMBERG, 15
On Christmas Eve, we eat another great meal my dad cooks. We eat chicken, fruit salad, corn, and wild rice, etc. Getting through the meal can't go fast enough for me, though as I get excited and impatient to open one or two of my presents. I also want to see what everybody else gets. I have to wait a while though because after we eat, my mom does the dishes, while Freya plays the piano and we both sing Christmas songs from piano books we have. My dad also starts a fire if it's not too warm for one. Every year, "my dog" gets us chocolate from Doncker's.
On Christmas Day, we open the presents that Santa brings us. Even though I am old enough to know all about Santa, I still enjoy seeing what he brings me. I also still love to put cookies and milk out for him the night before.
On New Year's Eve, we have hot pot, which is Chinese fondue, and we usually invite Red and Brenda over. They took care of me before I started school. We eat dinner with them and then my family goes over to Lake Superior Zendo. We go there to write down a quality (or something else), on a piece of paper, that we don't want to bring into the New Year and then we burn the paper in a bonfire.
I love how we celebrate the holiday season. Besides all the food, presents, and get-togethers, my mom always gives me money to give to the bell ringers whenever we go to local stores. I love my family and the holiday season!
Editor's note: GlenEllen Lehmberg, 15, is a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School. She is a long time member of 8-18 Media and is also involved in dance and youth theatre in her spare time. Her parents are Paul and Z.Z. Lehmberg of Marquette. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.