A Forced Holiday

A Forced Holiday

The government’s acknowledgement of Christmas violates the First Amendment By Julia Bell As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder (kind of), Starbucks switches from pumpkin spice to peppermint and from white cups to… red cups. Every year the famous coffee chain releases special holiday cups with symbols of the season. In the past, they have featured everything from snowmen and snowflakes, to ornaments and reindeer.  Last year, Starbucks chose a controversial design: a solid red cup.  The backlash was immediate: Starbucks was accused of hating Christmas and…

Top Five Christmas Movies and Music

Top Five Christmas Movies and Music

By Alex Strang and Nick LeBlanc Right after Thanksgiving dinner is all cleaned up and you’re on the way to go Black Friday shopping, you start to hear songs that have become all too familiar: Christmas songs.  Without missing a beat, the Christmas tunes are released into the airwaves right as the conversation with Grandma on how you need a boyfriend/girlfriend has ended and you begin to leave your creepy Uncle’s house that you barely even know. Every year, we listen to the same Christmas music and watch the same…

Letter to Santa

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, I’m sorry I have taken a couple years off from writing. Maybe if you had a Twitter account or cell phone I could hit you up with my wish list. I know you are always watching, so if you do see this and have a Twitter follow me @DHS_Squaller. Okay, let’s get down to business. Most of the presents I am asking for this year are going to be pretty tough to wrap. I understand that you are a really busy man, but I would really appreciate if…

The Santa Lie is a Necessary Evil

The Santa Lie is a Necessary Evil

Despite knowing the sad truth, Christmas can still be a magical time By: Ben Daugherty Almost every person I’ve talked to has believed or still believes in Santa Claus. Parents everywhere perpetuate this lie in order to achieve the “holiday spirit”. The same parents that teach their kids to never lie, are lying to their kids’ faces to get them to look forward to Christmas. Santa seems all fine and dandy until one day: the day you find out Santa isn’t real. The day you find out that you’ve sat…

Evolution of Christmas Lists

Evolution of Christmas Lists

As your desired gifts increase in price, make sure your appreciation increases too ‘Tis the season to get out the pen and paper, and to put your thinking cap on to come up with what to want Santa to bring you this year. There were easier times, times when our lists would max out at $250, full of little gimmick toys that cost around $20 each. It was much easier for both us, and our parents’ wallets. I remember being five or six, making my first Christmas list, filling it…

Santa is not the real spirit of the season

Santa is not the real spirit of the season

Disclaimer: If you are under the age of 12, please do NOT read this. I ran downstairs on Christmas morning, seeing presents under the tree and filled stockings.  I frantically searched for the magical present that would be all mine, the one that would say those glorious words: “To Noah, From Santa.” But once I found it and began to open it, I realized what it was. What it had to be. Clothes. What 12-year old wants clothes for Christmas?  I looked closer at the handwriting on the tag. Suddenly,…

Expensive gifts may be the way to go

Expensive gifts may be the way to go

Gift giving between significant others during the holidays is more complex than you would imagine. Being a guy, I realize that the gift most men would love more than anything is the gift of not having to buy a gift.  But that just won’t happen. So, guys, maybe think of these things when buying a gift for your special significant other. Don’t do the following: buy a gift that you want more. In other words, don’t get your significant other Grand Theft Auto. Don’t get them something from the dollar…

Holiday meals can be a huge health problem

Holiday meals can be a huge health problem

Families gather. Sleigh bells ring. Chestnuts roast over open fires.  But is there something not-so jolly about this holiday season? How about the excessive eating habit that is somehow always associated with this time of year? The excessive overindulgence is even pictured in the symbolic images of the holidays we celebrate this time of year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and every other religious holidays.  For Halloween the tradition is to go from house to house with the purpose of  acquiring as much candy as possible. For Thanksgiving, we celebrate by literally…