One of my favorite holidays of the year is Christmas. Christmas has brought me some of my greatest memories. One of my favorite Christmases of all time was Christmas 2010. There were many things that helped contribute to this Christmas. For example, my grandparents come to sunny Los Angeles from cold Washington state, as they do every year. On Christmas day, I remember making sugar cookies for Santa with my grandma. We also laid out some carrots and water for the reindeer too. After, I would call a secret meeting with my siblings and we would make a plan to catch Santa on video. But it never did work because we would always get too tired to stay up until 9:00 PM. After church, we went to out to dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant. After our meal, we came home and laid out our snacks for Santa and the reindeer. My siblings and I went up stairs and fell fast asleep. On Christmas morning, I was the first one to wake up. I woke up at 5:30 AM without an alarm. I grabbed my flashlight and tip-toed down the stairs. Then I darted to the Christmas Tree and saw all my presents. Then, I went to the fire place and looked through my stocking. My siblings slowly came down one by one. We started comparing our stocking gifts until my grandma woke up. After we watched TV until my parents woke up. We got so frustrated because my parents woke up late. Which meant we had to wait 2-3 hours until we could open our presents. Finally, after all of the presents were opened, it was time to head over to my aunt's house for a Christmas brunch. I was so excited to play with my two younger cousins. Every christmas I always looked forward to this particular day. Clearly, this was a very fun Christmas for me which makes me realize how thankful I am for a wonderful family.
One day, last year in science class, we were in the middle of a lab when all of a sudden the Wi-Fi was shut down. This was on December 14th 2012, I did not know what happened. My whole class was scared. Everyone was telling me that there was a shooting in Colorado. I went home that night, and my mom told me the whole story. I was very moved by this, it was very hard to forget about. When my mom told me, she told me that many little children passed away. I remember that the next morning, we discussed this in English class. I remember Mr. Diggs saying that the faculty and staff would do anything to protect us. I was very touched by this and made me feel a lot better and safer. This was a very tragic event that will hopefully never happened to anyone. Clearly, at St. Matthews, I am very safe and lucky to be able to be surrounded by such loving people.