By Helen Zeidman
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that prompts either intense passion or cold indifference without any gray area in between. People either use the holiday to proclaim their love on this special day or spend the day alone, waiting for the all of chocolate to go on sale. Regardless of how it is celebrated, this holiday has greatly changed from a pagan tradition, to a religious holy day, and finally, to a commercialized holiday used to sell copious amounts of chocolate.
Despite the diapered Cupids and his arrows of love that cover every Valentine’s card, this celebration of romance did not begin with the Greek god of love. True to its name, Valentine’s Day actually originated with the Catholic saint, Valentine of Rome, who was neither a winged baby nor an attractive suitor.
By Shayla Scallorn and Carly Guise
Olivia Anderson & James Warner
“We usually make sure we don’t have work on that day and we’ll try to have dinner together and see a movie. we don’t really care too much about Valentine’s day, it’s kind of a waste, but still it’s nice to go spend money sometimes.” - Olivia
“It’s kind of an odd holiday and there are plenty of other occasions that require gifts but we usually do something to celebrate anyway.” -James
Jena Everett & Xavier Geesey
“Our plans are to go see a movie and and then have dinner together. If money was not a factor we would like to take a plane to Paris and first put a lock at the Pont des Art bridge and then have dinner on top of the Eiffel Tower.” -Jena & Xavier
Emily Harrington & Dylan Khuc
“Overall we think the holiday is kind of pointless, if you love someone you don’t need one specific day to show them, you should do that every day.” - Emily & Dylan
Mr. & Mrs Granger
“Our tradition for Valentine’s Day is just going to dinner. We don’t like Valentine’s Day, so we don’t buy gifts and we don’t go to a fancy dinner. Just somewhere that we like.” -Mrs. Granger
Mr. & Mrs. Dennish
“Every year we go out for dinner with my in-laws, my parents, and my brother- and sister-in-law. We all go out to eat together at Boardwalks. They have a Valentine’s Day special dinner that night, so we always do that.” - Mrs. Dennish
By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
The holiday spirit is setting in once again and with it comes the baking, wrapping, traveling, and of course annual traditions. Every family does something a little different around this time of year, and most have some kind of holiday routine or tradition that they look forward to each year. A few students and teachers were happy to share what those traditions are in their family.
By Ali Kochik
Social Media Editor
Although skulls and skeletons are quite popular around this time of year, in Holly Briese’s Spanish class, they represent something much more.
Typically, people would associate these symbolizes with Halloween night. However, another is culture preparing for a special night as well. In Mexico, many people are anticipating Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, on Nov. 1.
“Day of the Dead is about celebrating the lives of family members who have passed on.” Head of the language department, Mrs. Briese said. “It’s a way of continuing the family bond.”
Much as she does every year, this October, she is helping the students at Red Lion Area Senior High School learn about this cultural day of celebration in a fun, hands-on way.
By Sarah Cimino
Winter break is finally here and there are 11 days of it, so what are people going to do for those 11 days? Someone has to get bored eventually.
Some people don’t have much planned for the whole winter break. For example, sophomore Danielle Paules doesn’t really have much going on for the holidays.
“I like to spend time with my family and drink hot chocolate, but other than that I don’t have much planned for winter break,” Paules said.
So what are some things around here that get people into the holiday mood? Christmas in Hershey, where people go to experience the rides and witness over 4 million twinkling lights in Hershey Park.
If you want to stay in your car, you can drive through the Hershey Sweet Lights Display. “It’s a wonderful, sparkling journey driving through the lights,” Sophomore Tori Clark said about the lights display, “ My family and I really enjoyed it.”
There is also Christmas Magic in York at Rocky Ridge. It’s a half-mile trail displaying more than 600,000 lights and has also has been named one of the top 13 events in York county.
There are a lot of things that you can do over this break, such as take a walk around and breathe in the crisp, jolly air.
Another classic winter-time activity is to watch a seasonal movie. There are tons of holiday movies out there such as “Elf”, “A Christmas Story”, and even “The Polar Express”. Drink some hot cocoa and spend time with the people who mean the most.
“I love waking up on Christmas morning and opening the presents under my tree,” Freshman Nevaeh Dehoff said. “I love being with my loved ones and baking tons of food with my mom.”
Be sure to not only spend time with family and friends over break, but also find some time for yourself where you can relax. Don’t let the pressures of school become too overwhelming, and have a happy holiday.
By Natasha McLane
Every year after Thanksgiving and Black Friday, comes an equally important date to our economy, Small Business Saturday. Throughout the nation, small businesses strive to support the economy and job growth. Small businesses are an essential part of our lives in Red Lion. According to Forbes, small businesses account for 60-80% of all U.S jobs. That’s 25-28 million businesses, outweighing corporate industries 1,162 to 1. In addition, 44% of America’s payroll comes from small businesses. In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 30% of the payroll comes from small businesses.
Small businesses impact the world around us in a huge way, “It all breaks down to small businesses, even big businesses,” Harley Moser, Computer Technician of Moser’s Custom Computers said. Running a small business is a “very demanding, very high stress job.” Moser has had his business for 11 years now, and counting.
Red Lion alone practically runs on small businesses, whether it be manufacturing clothing and plastics, having excellent customer service, giving health care to patients, and providing goods and services. Red Lion has a wide range of shops that are independently owned in the center of town. These businesses have many purposes, including computer repair, candy distribution, locksmith services, and pet supply.
By providing a high quality customer service, small businesses are able to give back to the community. What us, as customers put in, we get out. Although most profit goes back into the business, Moser donates to much of the community needs, such as church events and Salvation Army efforts and even offering free services to our veterans on November 11th, since he too is a veteran. But with an expected $100,000 profit, imagine how much comes back when we are to spend as little as $60 on repairs.
To a business owner it’s not just a job, “It is my life, my whole life reflects in my shop.” Moser said. Throughout the past 10 years small businesses have tended to change according to the fast pace in our world today. To keep up with the newest trends Harley said “Keep learning everyday.” He provides all of Red Lion with computers needs, by updating Jerry’s Great Valu computer software. As much as we would like to think small business are small, they are the foundation of our economy. Without small businesses, we would not succeed in bigger corporations. At one point in time all corporations, such as Microsoft, started small.
No matter how small a business may be, its impact can be massive at a local level. Moser’s Custom Computer’s alone has given back to the community in numerous efforts. If all businesses did this our economy would be booming. Next year when Small Business Saturday arrives, it shouldn’t be taken lightly, because without them we would not be a proud Red Lion family. They are the foundation among us.
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