Markus shares Franklin, New Jersey's Holiday Plans including Community Events and FHS Student Holiday Plans.
With the holidays right around the corner, so many people are visiting friends and family and helping out the community prepare for the holidays. Everyone is wondering, what is Franklin doing for the holidays this year?
Franklin police will be spreading the holiday cheer by distributing food, new toys, household items, new and used clothing and coats on December 17th, at the Community Relations Bureau on 935 Hamilton street from 9 am to 1 pm. Police are encouraging as many people as possible to stop by and experience the holidays with the community this year. There will also be a Christmas tree lighting from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on December 2nd, at the Municipal Complex located at 475 DeMott Lane.
When asked what they were doing for the holidays, students responded with, “I just do the usual things every family does. The only thing I might do differently is on Christmas Eve, everybody opens one gift before Christmas day.” and “Go see family, hang out with friends and go ice skating” One student says, “I’m going to Massachusetts for the weekend, and visiting my family.” Most are traveling to see family and friends for the holidays, and some students are even taking the time off to turn in work, finish projects, or even just sleep in late.
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A majority of the community is staying in and celebrating the holidays with family or friends, but some people are traveling. “I’m going to fly to Florida to see my cousins.”, says one 10th grade student. A ninth grade student says “Me and my mom are going to Virginia to stay with our grandma.” Some students are celebrating Christmas, making gingerbread houses, going around the neighborhood, and spreading cheer. Others are celebrating Hanukkah by lighting the menorah, playing the game of dreidel and eating special holiday foods like latkes and sufganiyot. Students are also celebrating Eid, where prayers are offered at the mosque or outdoor spaces to facilitate the large numbers of people attending. Families and friends then slowly gather together, throughout the day, to enjoy a rich, opulent feast, at which time loved ones also often exchange gifts and money.
These holidays are full of cheer, and families around Franklin will gather together and celebrate one way or another, making it a great time to spend with friends and family, and connecting with the community, especially during these times. So have fun with the community, and happy holidays!