The holidays are traditionally meant for friends and families to reunite and spend time with each other.

In today’s world, people celebrate everything from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa and commonly get together and celebrate whatever they choose to celebrate in their own way.

Lucia Bui, nursing, has a Christmas party with her family every year.

“We have a huge family,” said Bui. “My dad has 11 brothers and sisters and each one has at least four kids.”

In Bui’s family, the older cousins and siblings buy gifts for the younger children. Then, Bui’s father dresses up as Santa and passes out the gifts.

The older cousins and children play “White Elephant” with each other.

White Elephant is a gift giving game in which each person chooses a gift in rotation and trades them involuntarily.

The adults in Bui’s family play poker with each other and then the entire family goes to Christmas mass.

Emmanuel Jaimes, physical science, is looking forward to this holiday season.

“This is the first year my family will be reunited in four years,” he said.

According to Jaimes, his family will eat dinner together on Christmas Eve. Then they will enjoy each others company until midnight when they will give each other gifts.

Other students and their families will be celebrating the holidays in a way that more suits their lifestyle.

Daniyal Dar, biology, said his family will be gathering for Christmas dinner, after which, Dar and his cousins will talk and play video games together.

Some students will travel to be with their families for the holidays.

Dontreal McKinley, undecided, said he will be flying to Muskegon, Michigan this holiday season.

“I plan on going home and spending Christmas with my family,” said McKinley.

With the holidays right around the corner, some students are preparing to spend time with their friends and families while others remain undecided.

Students are reminded that airline tickets will be more expensive than other times of the year, however, flying on Christmas day is often significantly less expensive.

Other travel options are the Greyhound bus lines and trains. These are more time consuming but provide a cheaper alternative to flying.

The decorated Christmas tree dominated the 2011 annual holiday party sponsored by PCC Management Association on Wednesday evening in the Creveling Lounge. (Megan Carrillo / Courier)

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