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While it's the holidays, it's certainly no break

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Posted: January 23, 2012 - 9:44am

It's the last day of school before the holidays, and everyone's making plans to sleep in and do nothing all day every day. Most of us teenagers want to escape the busyness of school; however, it reveals itself to be an almost unattainable goal. I find myself equally as busy during the holidays as I am when school's going on, though it's a refreshingly different kind of busy.

During the holidays schoolwork lessens for me but doesn't completely disappear. I take an online class that continues to have assignments through break. I also had a bit of math homework. Additionally, I wrote this; I don't classify this as schoolwork though, it's in its own category.

Before Christmas, there's present shopping and wrapping. Hours of Christmas shopping ate up time more quickly than I had expected. Though in all honesty, the shopping probably took so long because I was enjoying it and dragged it out a bit. Then, after the shopping, I went home spent my time with a myriad of colorful bows and wrapping paper. Then suddenly, Christmas was upon me, and the day was a haze of wrapping paper, hot chocolate, and family.

The holiday social gatherings absorb time like a sponge. My mom told me I had to go to a caroling party; I whined, I screamed, I begged, I stomped my feet, I still had to go. I had fun, but don't tell anyone. The socializing with family friends or my parents' friends at gatherings was draining though turned out to be fun. After spending time with family, I whisked off with friends of my own. The combination of going to both types of social events devoured precious time that could have been spent sleeping. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

Through break there are also sports practices. There was a camp for the Skyview ski team that I was part of. Though immensely fun to see graduated friends of mine who came back to help, in the evenings after the camp, I was so exhausted that I fell asleep. I didn't even get to stay up and watch movies late into the night as I had planned. Poof and those two days disappeared.

The days of Christmas break were eaten up so quickly I barely had time to blink. Though equally as busy as school time, it's busy in a excitingly different way. Shopping, social gatherings, sports, and bits of school work consumed time faster than I could say "wow."

Heather Morton is a 10th-grade Connections/Skyview student.

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