He’s making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
Santa Claus may be coming to town, but for some, he is not necessarily visiting their homes here in Kansas. Some Rock Creek families are traveling across the country to be with family over the holidays.
Holly Forrester, a junior, will be traveling a little over seven hours to Vinton, Iowa, to be with her extended family for Christmas.
“I think we will always do this because everyone enjoys it and it is one of the few times we get to see everyone,” Forrester said.
Instead of heading north, some students, like senior Riley Mocabee, are trading in their snow boots for their flip flops. Mocabee will be heading to San Diego, Calif. with his mother, Ali Mocabee.
“It’s about 1,500 miles away, and by car, it is usually 23 hours, but we are going to fly,” Mocabee said. “My mom had an extra plane ticket, and I hadn’t been there to visit my family in awhile.”
While there, Mocabee will be visiting his grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins, something his family tries to do every year.
“I’m probably most excited to see my family and getting to go longboarding with my cousin,” Mocabee said.
Special education teacher, Tori Sieben, will be traveling with her parents and son, Cooper, to go visit her sister in Little Rock, Ark.
“My sister lives about eight hours away in Little Rock,” Sieben said. “While we’re there, we’re going to make the two-hour trip to Memphis [Tenn.] to watch the Wildcats in the Liberty Bowl.”
Whether they are enjoying the sandy beaches of southern California, enduring the blistering cold winds in Iowa or simply staying home in St. George or Westmoreland, Rock Creek families are finding ways to get together this holiday season.
Article and photo by Olivia Lee, yearbook photo editor