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The school break dilemma

Josh Sonnenberg ’25

November has passed, which means it’s officially Christmas time in the Sonnenberg household. Much to my lament, decorations went up the second week of November, and my home is now flooded with snowmen, Santa Clauses and varied assortments of Christmas-related trinkets collected over the last decade.

I struck up a conversation with my sisters, the very ones who campaigned to my parents to put Christmas decorations up so early, about why they cared for the decorations so deeply; why the day after Halloween had to mark the start of Christmas songs, lights and dumb costumes for my poor dog. They made an excellent point: there was not enough time that felt like Christmas.

I realized I have been missing the fervent holiday cheer experienced as a child during the Christmas season. During elementary school, I had weeks at home to enjoy the holidays. Perhaps it was the simplicity of the times, but I have become ardent in my belief that my holiday joy is intrinsically tied to the number of days I can spend sleeping in, the hours of video games I can squeeze in and, more importantly, the time I can spend experiencing the “good” of the holidays with my family.

We only have a little over a week for Christmas, which comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Instead, that extra Christmas time is tacked onto February as “mid-winter break.” Though I love the time to sleep in and laze the days of break away, mid-winter break feels wholly unnecessary, and breaks the school year up awkwardly.

There is a cold shock that comes from adjusting my sleep schedule at the last minute, and returning to sleep-inducing economics or algebra classes. No offense to my teachers.

After returning to class in January, students only have a minimal amount of time until the next block of time off. Once midterms are done, early-onset senioritis spreads across all South students and teachers to make that entire block of school feel like a slog that is impossible to walk through. Time not spent too well.

Regardless, I often find mid-winter breaks spent locked inside with nothing to do. Mid-winter break is spent by Grosse Pointe families as a time to vacation, and take that trip down to Florida, which 90 percent of the town has had. As someone who does not vacation during the winter months or truly “vacation” to begin with, mid-winter break doesn’t feel like it has a good reason to exist.

It is my absolute belief that this extra break should cease to exist, and should instead be utilized as time to make Christmas feel more like Christmas, and allow for the Sonnenberg household to have Thanksgiving decorations around the house for a little bit instead.

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Joshua Sonnenberg '25
Joshua Sonnenberg '25, Graphics Editor
Joshua Sonnenberg ’25 has a lot of unique hobbies, such as building his own computer, participating in lots of running, and frequently adding to his comic book collection. His love for drawing however is what inspired him to become Graphics Editor for The Tower. “I love having the opportunity to publish both written and artistic works in the paper,” Sonnenberg said. The second year staffer is never seen without wired headphones, which usually have boygenius playing. Sonnenberg can almost always be found uniquely making his graphics on his phone instead of the typical iPad.
Josh Sonnenberg ’25
Josh Sonnenberg ’25, Graphics Editor
Joshua Sonnenberg ’25 is Towers newest and most savvy graphics editor. This is Sonnenberg's first year on staff and he can’t wait for all the new experiences that come with Tower.“I love the opportunity this class gives me to express myself as a highschool student,” Sonnenberg said. “I’m looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone.” Sonnenberg spends the majority of his time running excruciatingly long distances for South's varsity cross country team and is inducted in an honors theater program. The one thing Sonnenberg loves more than journalism is his goldendoodle, Sawyer, who he looks forward to playing with after long days at school and cross country practice.

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