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Is It Too Early for Christmas Music?

Is It Too Early for Christmas Music?

November 19, 2015

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, everyone begins to anticipate the end of the year.  Often times, people are so excited for Christmas that Thanksgiving gets pushed to the side.  Stores are advertising great deals on gifts, and Christmas music has been playing on the radio for a week now.  How early is too early when it comes to celebrating Christmas? It is understandable to look forward to Christmas.  With two weeks off from school (after surviv...

What Grinds My Gears: Ugly Christmas Sweater Edition

Erin Pyle, Online Editor

December 17, 2013

Filed under Opinion

Flashback to Christmas of 2000-- I am five years old and I have just recieved a sweater from my grandmother. It’s not just any sweater, though, it is a hand-knit Christmas sweater, complete with a huge Christmas tree in the middle that has a jingle bell on the top of it. It was the best gift; I loved it so much that I had my grandmother knit a matching one for my American Girl doll. That Christmas, I discovered my (temporary) love for themed holiday sweaters. I loved the penguins and reindeer, the jingle bells and fuzzy balls, the red and the green, the soft fur and cozy feel. But I did not like to admit that, so...

Google Algorithm: What do People Really Think about the Holidays?

Erin Pyle, Online Editor

December 17, 2013

Filed under Features

Everyone, especially students, uses Google; therefore everyone knows that when you type search terms in Google, it offers suggestions before you have even finished typing. This is also known as autocomplete, and it is based solely on an algorithm. I am not going to even attempt to understand or explain this algorithm in depth, primarily because I can’t. But the fraction of what I do understand about it is that it is based on what other people are Googling; the searches are essentially based on popularity. Most of the autocomplete phrases that the algorithm produces are predictable, like the ones offered when “frosty...

DIY: Elves at Work

Brooke Hancock, Staff Reporter

December 17, 2013

Filed under Features

If you’re in need of a quick homemade holiday gift or are just looking to repurpose old house hold supplies, there are several simple and fun options you can pick from this holiday season. All of these holiday crafts can be made from items lying around your house, or can be bought from Michael’s or Kroger for under $15. Origami Snowflakes: free- .10 Supplies: One square sheet of paper How to make it: First start by folding your paper in half vertically and horizontally and unfold it. Next, fold the top right, top left and bottom left corners to the center. Then fold the paper in half horizontally. L...

Bell’s a’Ringing

December 17, 2013

It’s a tradition that seems as old as the holidays themselves--in front of grocery and department stores, you’ll see bundled-up volunteers from all walks of life ringing bells for the Salvation Army. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to volunteer, so, one Saturday I decided to find out. Signing up offered the surprise of its simplicity. I only needed to give my telephone number and...

What the Holiday?

Kirby Fitzpatrick, Staff Reporter

December 17, 2013

Filed under Features

Imagine a huge box wrapped in colorful paper with your name on it. When you shake it, you can hear the clinking of the items inside. The suspense before opening the gift builds, and you cannot wait to rip the paper off of the present. But what could it be: that new shirt from the mall, the new iPhone? You rip off the paper. You eagerly peer inside, hoping that a present from your list will be waiting for you. Unfortunately, it’s light bulbs. Yes, light bulbs were gifted during one of my family’s holiday gatherings by my grandmother, giving the gift exchange an unexpected twist. Sometimes you open a gift only...

The Holidays at Home

Meredith Nichols, Staff Reporter

December 17, 2013

Filed under Features

As soon as Halloween is over, my family’s Christmas decorations go up. Our house looks like Santa’s workshop with decorations everywhere.  Our 12 foot Christmas tree is adorned with over 100 ornaments. Other decorations include a new Hallmark singing snowman. Buying one is a tradition we’ve had for 10 years. We line them up is in order by year on our shelves in the kitchen. Our dogs especially like it when my younger brother clicks on all the snowmen at the same time, filling our house with multiple holiday songs at the same time. A whole day is dedicated to music and decorating and the best part is that we get...

What to do this Holiday Season

Kyra Dutton, Staff Reporter

December 11, 2013

Filed under Features

1. Southern Lights The Kentucky Horse Park hosts this event every year- get your family or friends together and drive through this magnificent light show. There is also an exotic petting zoo with an addition of Santa’s Reindeer. It will be open every night except Dec. 24-31. 2. Christmas movie marathon with friends Just a few suggestions: Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer, The Santa Claus, Home Alone, The Christmas Card (my very favorite), How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle On 34th Street 3. Volunteer at a food bank This is a great time...

Holiday Arts and Crafts: Making Simple Plastic Canvas Ornaments

November 26, 2013

Plastic canvas ornaments adorable fixtures for the holidays, and they are simple to make. Great for amateur and experienced craftspeople, the ornaments can be quickly made and enjoyed in these few steps: Gather your materials               You'll need about three yards of yarn, separated into three one-yard strands; three one-and-one-half inch squares of seven-mes...

Things I Actually Love About the Holidays

Erin Pyle, Online Editor

December 19, 2012

Filed under Opinion

Although people constantly complain about the annoyances of the holiday season, like taking awkward family photos, most cannot help but secretly love everything about these obnoxiously festive winter activities. For starters, how could one hate the fact that Elf practically runs 24/7 on TNT starting Thanksgiving Day and ending New Year’s Day? The answer: they cannot. It is impossible. Elf is arguably the best holiday movie out there because it is humorous and heartwarming at the same time. If you haven’t seen this glorious film, it is about a human, Buddy, raised by Santa’s elves in the North Pole. After wreaking...