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Distract yourself from finals with holiday activities

Distract yourself from finals with holiday activities

By Natalie Stanowski, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Make some homemade hot chocolate With winter kicking into high gear, what better way to warm up than with a cup of hot chocolate? Whether you use cocoa powder or get fancy with a crockpot and melted chocolate, there is no drink more in-tune with the holiday spirit than some hot chocolate. Decorate y...

Shoppers explore ways to give back in holiday season

Shoppers explore ways to give back in holiday season

By Molly Zupan, Special Sections Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

The holiday season is upon us, and we all know what that means. Malls and stores are going to be jam-packed with shoppers who are all on a mission to find the best deals and best gifts for family and friends. Aside from being avid gift-givers and holiday fanatics, these people have something in commo...

Survive holiday season with your significant other

Survive holiday season with your significant other

By Serina Taluja, Assistant Special Sections Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Whether you’ve been together for years or days, live close together or far apart, every couple endures the ultimate test of strength of their relationship around this time of year. Winter holidays present its participants with lots of joy, love, family time and significant other’s family time. This t...

Let science, SMARTs guide your New Year’s resolutions

Let science, SMARTs guide your New Year’s resolutions

By Zack Fishman, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

The cultural mythos of the New Year’s resolution, filled with vows of healthier eating and jokes about gym memberships, is ever-present in an American populace entranced by personal improvement. Millions promise themselves yearly change and most fail, but before buying the latest self-help book or...

Creative ideas for your Christmas celebrations

Creative ideas for your Christmas celebrations

By Jessica Xu, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Starbucks is breaking out its red sweater cups and we all know what that means: The holiday season is in full swing. It’s once again a time of gathering among friends and family, celebrating time-honored traditions and creating long-lasting memories. To really make a night to remember, here are some ideas to de...

‘Tis the season for us to pare down Santa’s claws

‘Tis the season for us to pare down Santa’s claws

By Yoav Margalit, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Christmas can be a beautiful time of religious fervor, where faith is renewed. Or maybe a time of community, where you come together with your neighbors and family. Or if you have the resolve, it can become something precious. Something worthwhile, something pure. I speak, of course, of an indulgent frenzy o...

Maximize your free time this winter break

Maximize your free time this winter break

By Molly Nguyen, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

'Tis the season of cheerful spirits, family and friends, and a break from your busy, demanding school life. Due to the stressful weeks leading up to winter break, it’s easy to stay locked in your room during the holidays. Although total relaxation is not a terrible plan, there are more fun alternatives ...

Make holiday decor on a budget with DIY crafts

Make holiday decor on a budget with DIY crafts

By Natalie Stanowski, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

As college students, it isn’t always in our budget to drop a ton of money on holiday decorations. While you can bring some from home if you visited over Thanksgiving break, it’s likely some of us forgot or found we couldn’t bring enough. So instead of breaking the bank for some pricey decoratio...

There’s more to holiday season than Christmas

There’s more to holiday season than Christmas

By Ava Traverso, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

Around the holiday season, Christmas tends to be the golden goose. Other religious traditions tend to be overshadowed by this holiday. In today’s current sociopolitical climate, however, it is more important than ever to remain educated on cultures and religious values of others. An easy way to bec...

Spice up your holidays

Spice up your holidays

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

As the holiday season approaches, among the many things I’m looking forward to, festive food is definitely at the top of my list. I can just imagine waking up on Christmas morning and catching a whiff of the delicious, decorated cookies coming from the kitchen. I look forward to seeing trays upon tr...

College students take on winter break: keep working or just relax?

College students take on winter break: keep working or just relax?

By Kaolin Sewell, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

So you’ve just finished finals and you find yourself asking, “What should I do this winter break?” Your answer could be relaxing, working or both. There are so many activities to look forward to during your highly anticipated winter break. I’m sure you are reading this guide to get into the holiday...

Easy gift ideas for penny-pinching students

Easy gift ideas for penny-pinching students

By Melissa Niemiec, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Holiday Guide, Special Sections

If gift-planning has not entered your mind at this stage of the holiday season game, I regret to inform you that you will not be getting those Black Friday deals. However, even without lots of planning, it’s possible to celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank. The crafty gift Handmade gifts send a specia...

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