By Emily Heiss
Features and Marketing Editor
In the United States there are two days each year where we take a day off from work or school and commemorate a figure that has had a huge affect on what we call America today.
Those two holidays are Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Columbus Day.
One of these holidays celebrates the legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to our country.
By Carly Guise
I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s the absolute worst.
There, I said it.
It’s not that I’m anti-romance or anti-love or anything. Love is great. Love makes the world go ‘round, or whatever the saying is. Love makes people happy and, the way I see it, the more people that we have happy in this world, the better off we’ll be.
I am anti-Valentine’s Day because I am against the idea that you have to treat your significant other special because Hallmark says you have to. If you truly care about someone, every day should be Valentine’s Day, but it shouldn’t have to be so costly.
By Ali Kochik
Social Media Editor
It’s no real secret that oppression still exists in today’s world. Races can be oppressed, genders can be oppressed, and religions can be oppressed as well. So is it fair to say that the Christian religion is being oppressed around the holiday season?
The entire idea of this perception of oppression, or “War on Christmas”, is a little absurd. People all over are outraged by what they deem to be “fired shots” at Christianity and, more specifically, Christmas itself.
One of the largest examples of the collective backlash surrounding this came from simply trying to acknowledge other holidays throughout the season. In December of 2015, Starbucks released a simple red cup instead of their traditionally Christmas themed cups.
By Rachel Lau
It’s that time of year again when you can sit down, relax, grab some candy, and flip on Halloween themed movies. Of course, there are several to pick from, and I have chosen three of my favorites.
I’ll start with one of the classics that I’m sure most of you have at least heard of. The movie Hocus Pocus was made in 1993 and was directed by Kenny Ortega.
The movie won’t keep you in your seat for too long because it’s only an hour and 36 minutes, but it’s sure to keep you occupied. This fantasy-comedy takes place in Salem, Mass., where three witch sisters are resurrected on Halloween night.
They soon learn that a lot of things are different in the 20th century than 300 years ago. They must achieve all of their goals by sunrise or they will disintegrate. It’s up to Max, Allison, Dani, and the cat Binx to stop the witches and save everyone. I look forward to watching this movie every year because I grew up watching it with my friends.
By Ali Kochik
Around this time of year, people begin to feel a lot of emotions towards the impending holidays, but contrary to popular belief, those emotions aren’t always “holly jolly.” One of the most disputed Christmas issues is the commercialization of what is for some, the most religious day of the year.
Religions find it disturbing that many big businesses use the birthday of God to increase profit and sell, sell, sell. It’s commonly thought that all the pushing to buy more and more makes everyone lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
According to the Mission Partnership website:
10% of adults say the most important thing about Christmas is the religious meaning.
12% of all adults know the full nativity story.
36% of kids 5-7 don’t know whose birthday we celebrate on December 25.
In this day and age, commercialism has hit an all time high. Around the holidays, we definitely feel the need to spend a lot of money on our loved ones in attempt to prove our love.
However, I don’t necessarily blame the stores for this. They are just trying to do their job, so of course they are going to try to sell a lot around this time.
Michael Wilburn, and an 11 year old from Locust Grove Elementary School said, “I think it’s just because they need to make money by selling stuff and it’s Christmas. So I don’t really care if they do it.”
Stores know their busy season is also the holiday season, so they want to make the most of it. Plus, many aren’t even buying things for themselves.
“I think most people purchase things more around Christmas for other people.” said Molly Bradley, freshman.
I think it’s up to us to teach each other the meaning of the holiday. It can be really simple such as being kinder to one another, or doing some extra charity work. We should teach young kids the reason we are really celebrating. It’s not about the gifts, or Santa, or the food.
It’s about God and being close to your family and friends, and we should teach them that it’s better to give than receive.
“I have no problems with giving gifts. And buying trees and presents are cool, but not as cool as the real meaning.” said math teacher, Mr. Yost. “On Christmas mornings, the first thing we do is get out the Bible and read the Christmas story, even before we open gifts. We should share that with others, to prompt them to kind of, keep the focus where it should be.”
If we do that, then no matter how strong the commercialism becomes, everyone will still be holding the true meaning of Christmas near their hearts the whole season long.
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