Youth Perspective: Celebrating Relationships and Gratitude during the Holidays

16 November 2023 | Youth Advisory Committee

As we approach the holiday season during November and December, celebrated by people of different beliefs, religions and cultures, it’s a good time to think about what these holidays are really about. We often get caught up in materialistic things and spending money, but it’s important to remember the main reason for celebrating.

Holidays aren’t just about the new things we give or receive; they’re about coming together with loved ones and appreciating what we have. Whether we’re celebrating with a big group or by ourselves, there are always things to be thankful for. One of the most important things to be thankful for are the relationships we build and become surrounded with during important times.

Challenges in life are inevitable and lessons are bound to be learned by each and every one of us. This can range from financial instability, mental illnesses, health challenges, and more. However, we can get through tough times a little bit quicker and easier with support systems best suited for us. Whether that be our family, friends, or even a furry partner, someone or something is more than willing to help fight through dark times.

The holiday season is a great time to give thanks to the very people (or animals) that have boosted us up when all we felt was down. You can even thank yourself for showing up for you every single day even when you had no energy. Overall, keeping our lists of blessings close by helps give us a lighter spirit for the holidays and helps us remember what we can be grateful for.

– Grace Boudris