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Open signs on Christmas Day

Open signs on Christmas Day

By Abrar Al-Heeti

December 24, 2014

Each winter on Dec. 25, parts of Champaign-Urbana turn into what resembles a ghost town, as many people spend the day celebrating the holidays with family and friends in their homes or travel out of town. But for those who are here, away from family, and don’t celebrate Christmas or want somewhere l...

A food affair, family affair

A food affair, family affair

December 10, 2013

First, there is the smell. For me, perhaps nothing defines a Mexican-American Christmas more than the hybrid aroma of roasted chillies and pineapple juice infused ham on Christmas Eve morning. Right out of bed, I’d roll up my sleeves for what my mom dubs one of the most important tasks of the: knea...

Greek holiday tradition centers around the family

By Alexander Vassiliadis

December 10, 2013

There is nothing more special than waking up on the 24th of December, groggy from the festivities of the night before, and slumping into my little sister’s room, only to see her awake with her metal triangle, practicing the lyrics to the traditional Christmas Eve carol we wake the parents up with every ye...