The Las Vegas Strip was one of the many placs visited over Christmas break. Photo by Maddie Smith

The Las Vegas Strip was one of the many placs visited over Christmas break. Photo by Maddie Smith

The long-awaited winter break has finally come to a close. As students begin to venture back into their schooling mindsets, they reflect on the cool things they did and saw. Many students like Maddie Smith and Jake Olson traveled with friends and family and spent their holidays in another state. Junior Maddie Smith “ went to Las Vegas for the second week of winter break." They stayed for a week and visited many shops as they walked along the busy streets. For Smith, “the best part of the trip is when my mom got proposed to." What a great way to end a vacation! Smith is more fond of the hotter climate which is why Las Vegas is the number one get-away spot for her and her family. Although not many families choose to travel over the holidays, families like Jake Olson’s make it a tradition. For the past five years Olson and his family have visited Chicago to see relatives and enjoy fun activities with each other. “We usually go into the city and see the lights hung around since it’s almost christmas,” explains Olson. Jake and his family enjoy the colder weather especially in the holiday season. No matter the weather these are both fun ways to bring families closer together and make amazing holiday memories. No matter what holiday you celebrate or who you celebrate with, traveling can always be a great way to make your holiday season a bit more thrilling. Now no one needs to travel over break, students like junior student Sarah Mueller stayed home while other family members came down from Michigan. “ I had no idea they were coming which made it even more exciting,” says Mueller.  No matter what the activity was or where you stayed, winter break was long-waited and a great way for students to relax after the long and stressful finals week.

Story by Jade Gurule

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