Aging out of Easter


Photo by Gianna Schuster

Scott Schulze, Staff Writer

As teens grow older, the holidays lose their glow and appeal that they had when they were younger. Easter is a holiday, like Halloween and Saint Patrick’s Day, that mainly appeals to children.

A majority of holidays now have some form of candy involved for children.

Easter is tradition for children to go on a scavenger hunt in search of plastic eggs filled with candy or money. Halloween, for children, has become a way for them to score a bag load of candy while wearing a costume. On Saint Patrick’s day, children make home made traps to hopefully capture a leprechaun and get his gold coin chocolates.

In a recent survey,  70 percent of students said that they do not celebrate Easter the same way they did when they were younger. This goes to show that teenagers do not have the same joy that holidays like Easter gave them when they were younger.

Senior Robert Zuniga said, “Easter has become somewhat boring for me. I don’t go on Easter egg hunts anymore because that is mainly for children. I usually just help my family by coloring eggs and whatever else they need.”

Senior Julia Albertson said, “Holidays depend on how you choose to experience them. They can sometimes be an excuse to stuff your face with chocolate.”

The most common reason for the discontinued celebration of these holidays is that teens do not want to be seen as being childish by their peers. A lot of what guides a teens’ thinking is by “what is cool.”

For example, teens tend to only do what their friends are interested in. Groups of friends may go trick-or-treating or join in on an Easter egg hunt, but it is less likely to do those activities without a group.

Another reason why teens are less likely to feel the need to join in in those holiday traditions is because they are generally able to get whatever they want whenever they want. When we were younger, we relied on our parents or guardians to buy everything we needed, but now if we feel like eating any type of food, it is only a short drive away.

People now have much less of a connection with religion than they did a generation or two ago. This can cause them to lose connections with what the holidays were really about. There are several reasons for a weaker connection to religion, which include more extracurricular activities, harder classes and more homework, and busier lives in general.

There is no correct way to spend your holidays. Everyone has their own way of celebrating each holiday.