At Christmastime, students say, even bad experiences can be turned into good

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Sam Spring ~ Multimedia Journalist

Christmas is the season to make memories–both good ones and bad ones. But students say even bad moments can be turned around into good or funny memories that become ingrained in their minds forever.

Leon Smith, a senior majoring in psychology from New Zealand, has a holiday memory that started out on a bad note but quickly turned into a family joke. Smith said, “One year, I really wanted a skateboard for Christmas and I opened all of my presents but there wasn't a skateboard. I was super mad so I stormed out of the house …. When I came back in the house, I found out that they really had got me one. They just tricked me and didn't put it under the tree.”

Diana Balsly, a senior majoring in exercise sports science from Huntington Beach, Calif., said one of her worst Christmas memories was when she was little. Balsly said, “I woke up at like 4 or 5 a.m. and I really wanted to open presents but my big sisters wouldn't wake up until super late. To make it even worse, once they woke up we had to eat first so I had to wait like half a day to open them.”

“It’s funny now, but at the time I was so mad,” Balsly said.

Joye Bascara, a sophomore majoring in psychology from California, also knows pains of sibling torment around Christmas time. Bascara said, “One year when we first moved from the Philippines, my Dad and sister tried to make me believe that Santa was real...I was 13. They even forced me to make cookies to leave out for Santa so my dad could come take a bite out of them.”

Chris Jones, a junior from San Diego, Calif. majoring in psychology, said he turned an incident with a sibling into a funny memory. Jones said, “One year when I was younger, I was supposed to get my sister a present and totally forgot. I felt so bad. So the next year I had to go above and beyond to make it up to her.”

Juan Oronoz, a senior majoring in business management from Malibu, Calif., told about one of his favorite Christmas memories. “One year, all we wanted was a trampoline for Christmas and my parents bought us a little exercise one. We were all so happy to have it even though we had to take turns jumping on it.” Oronoz continued, “I think I like that story so much because even though my parents could have totally bought us whatever we wanted, they didn’t. I taught us not have excess.”

John Constantino a sophomore majoring in exercise sports science from California, said his favorite Christmas memory is when he was living back in the Philippines. “All the family would gather around the tree and then caravan to relative’s houses. We would exchange presents and then go back home to open them.”