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December 14, 2013

Teenhood Today: Carols, cookies and cacti


That’s another wonderful aspect of this season. The drinks.

I am a huge fan of spices. Whenever I cook, I always mix and match far more seasonings than any recipe calls for. But it tastes fantastic. My grilled cheese is the most decked out on the planet. My love for spices and extracts and syrups makes the hot drink season all the better. My family is well aware that if I have a steaming cup of something, which is almost always, it’s not just typical hot chocolate. The flavor possibilities are unbelievable.

As you can probably tell, I love the Christmas season for many different reasons. But why is it that most people look forward to it? I think it’s because of the joy that surrounds the season. 

While busy stores and a constant flow of money out of your account is the norm, most people still love this time of year. The snow makes everything look magical. The Christmas carols are some of the only songs that every single person knows. And there’s a sense of hope in the air. 

As a Christian, I know this hope is that of Christ’s coming. The gift God gave us. But most people, no matter the religious opinion, enjoys giving gifts. It’s a wonderful feeling to see someone love the gift you picked out for him or her. And it’s wonderful to open one of your own that someone saw and thought of you. 

Now, I am absolutely awful at giving gifts, so picking them out scares me. But no matter, I still adore Christmas.

Miriam A. Thurber is a junior at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at




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