By Gabbi Ramos
Happy Holidays from The Bronco Heat
(Photo Cred: Original Photo taken by Unknown Source and edited by Gabriella Ramos)
This holiday season, I’ve thought a lot about family. I know that I won’t be able to see a lot of my family this Christmas, which got me to wondering about everyone else.
During the holiday season, it is customary to gather with our family. It's a time, in which, we celebrate with the people that we are closest to. Although, most of us find ourselves lucky enough to spend time with everyone we love, some find themselves split between two families.
Here in our school, there are many kids who have unique home situations, but this doesn’t necessarily make their winter much different than the majority. To help everyone better understand the perspective of a teenager living within a split home, I interviewed three students, who were more than willing to share their side of the holidays.
Carolyn Brooks, a Junior, shares with me the perks of having divorced parents during the holidays.
“Having divorced parents surprisingly isn’t that bad during Christmas. There isn’t any fighting over who gets me on Christmas or anything like that. I also get two times the Christmas cheer, so I can’t complain.”
Senior, Blaine Blum, also shares, “I get to see more of each family. Double christmas dinner and presents.”
Bre Woeller, a Junior, adds, “It's hard around the holidays, especially since my real mother lives in a different state. We only get to see her ever so often, like maybe every 5-6 months. If we don't see her for holidays, usually she'll try to call my Dad, or send a text saying Happy Holidays, and how much she misses and loves both me and my little sister.”
Coming from a split family myself, I understood the concept of conflict between parents during the season. Curious to know if they had a similar problem, I asked Carolyn and Blaine if they ever experienced conflict with their parents.
Blaine shares, “For the most part, there isn’t that much conflict other than that there is a lot of back and forth between houses, but we’ve all gotten used to it. I think that the worst part of it all is having to choose who I want to spend Christmas with.”
Carolyn also shares a similar situation.
“I live with my mom, so I spend Christmas primarily with with her. Although, sometimes I feel bad that my dad doesn’t get to see me Christmas day. They don’t really fight, because they divorced when I was really young, but I sometimes I wonder what my dad might be doing when I’m gone.”
Although Carolyn and Blaine don’t face much conflict during the holidays, Junior, Bre, shares her side of the story.
“The best and actually worst part of this time of year is being around the family. I know that sounds bad, but I can explain. I love being around my family, I love them to death, but there's always some kind of issue to spark an argument somehow someway.”
She explains to me what she is hoping for this Christmas.
“I truly do miss my mother. It's been rough without her around all the time or seeing her every other weekend like we used to do before she got arrested.I'd love to see her for Christmas. That'd be the best Christmas present ever. Seeing her would make me actually enjoy Christmas.”
With such a joyous time of year, it can be easy to miss the ones who are closest to you, especially when you see other families happy together. Thing is, you’ve got a whole school to celebrate with. One big Bronco family. So, as much as it might be hard this holiday season, here at The Bronco Heat, we wish you Happy Holidays.