I will always remember when…

I’ll be honest:?The only reason I’m doing this story was because I was asked to. If I could’ve had it my way it would’ve been about something along the lines of a “year wrap-up,” but I think that’s been done before, multiple times, from multiple venues, with multiple networks.

So instead of talking about what worked and didn’t twerk, the fact that our government decided to “raise the roof,” or all ‘dem storms we’ve been having, I’m going to talk about New Year’s and the traditions that come with it and all the other holidays.

I have a long list of traditions that my family adheres to for Christmaswell, did. I should note that most of our holiday traditions went out the window once my brother hit seven and decided Santa wasn’t real – but I still believe. We used to go down the road where they’d sell Christmas trees and each year we’d take turns on which kid got to pick the tree. While decorating this tree that could put Charlie Brown’s to shame, we’d watch/listen to the “Lawrence Welk Christmas Special” on PBS. This tradition ended when my parents got an artificial tree from my grandmother and my brother admitted to us just how much he hates Christmas music.

My tradition for New Year’s hasn’t died down yet, but I’m not too hopeful about next year. What usually happens is, my best friend comes over and we watch the New York Ball Drop on NBC. Another tradition we’ve been made to go along with involves watching this one music video by Kanye West that still kind of gives both of us the creeps, but it’s just what we do. The reason this tradition might not be staying for long is because she leaves for college this year, just like my brother and a good portion of my other friends.

I miss “the good ol’ days,” the times when traditions were always there as an excuse to be with family and friends, eat outrageous amounts of food and have an insane amount of fun, but it’s slowly diminishing. What seems to have happened to “the best of times” is that they became the “the good ol’ days” and turned into “remember when’s” and other reminiscent terms. Did I miss the switch? Why couldn’t there have been like a little signal or buzzer that could’ve gone off telling me to, “remember this moment for these are the good old days.” They were our days and now they’re going.

But, I’ll always have those “remember when’s” because I’ll always remember when we stayed up the whole night, watching YouTube videos and playing card games, or when we got that fake spray snow and sprayed it all over the windows of our house. Traditions are important to me. It’s an excuse to stay up late, be with those I love, and have fun. While this year had its ups and downs, with new sensations across every nation, it’s good to keep in mind those things that have lasted and stayed with us throughout our lives. So, yeah, I’ll always “remember when.”

Editor’s note: Theresa Hermann, 15, is a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School. She is a member of the 8-18 Media Senior Team and she plays trumpet in the high school band. In her spare time she likes to write and make movies. She is a daughter of James and Gail Hermann. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at 818mediaupcm@gmail.com.