By Mary Smith
You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen; you know Comet and Cupid, and Donner and Blitzen…but do you recall the most Christmas-filled senior of all? That’s right, this year, it’s a Carlie Christmas! If you know Carlie Dill, then you know just how in love she is with all things Santa and snowy. Carlie is a varsity cheerleader, an academic superstar, a Disney enthusiast, and a holiday specialist. I asked Carlie a few of her favorite things about the upcoming winter event to gain insight on what makes this her favorite time of the year.
Carlie is truly passionate about the celebration, saying, “To me, Christmas isn’t a holiday. It’s a feeling. People are nicer, families are together, everything is just a little bit better. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s true; from shopping to family dinners, people are encouraged to spend time with one another as the snow falls and the Christmas lights shine. Children make cookies for Santa, and parents help them: It’s the perfect opportunity to bond.
It isn’t just the sugar cookies and gingerbread men that make the seasonal cheer brighter; Santa Claus plays a large role in a traditional American Christmas. From movies to toys, Santa is widely known as a symbol of the holidays. As a senior in high school, Carlie provides a knowledgeable reason for her belief in Old Saint Nick: “Saint Nicholas was a real guy back in the day, and he really did give people gifts. Even if a big jolly guy doesn’t shove himself down my chimney, the idea of Santa brings children joy and hope, and that’s the best gift any of us could ask for. So yes, I know Santa was real, and I believe that he still delivers that gift every year.”
Carlie’s favorite thing about Christmas is family time. “My family is just as crazy about the holiday as I am, so we all love to get together and sing our favorite Christmas carols,” Carlie says, adding, “We also watch the best Christmas movie of all time: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” There’s nothing like laughing at Clark Griswold while you drink hot cocoa.
Another great holiday tradition–perhaps the most popular of them all–is gift-giving. Carlie receives a very special gift every year from her Aunt Jenny. She is gifted a personal ornament that is unique and memorable. “Some past ornaments I’ve received include an Adventure Time ornament, an ornament with a picture of my horses on it, and a chocolate donut, which is my favorite food.” She cherishes this gift, saying, “It’s such a sweet and personal gift, and I look forward to it every year.”
At the end of my interview with Carlie, I asked her one final question. Because Carlie is musically talented, I asked her what her favorite holiday song is. “This is the hardest question you’ve asked. Still, I would have to say that my favorite Christmas song is ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ by *NSYNC. Not only does this song pump me up and get me in the holiday spirit, it also combines two of my favorite things: boy bands from the early 2000s and Christmas.” Carlie is looking forward to her holiday break, and I know that the rest of us are as well. There will be plenty of time for family and spirited cheer. Until then, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!