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My Jewish Christmas

My Jewish Christmas

By Sam Rothman

January 27, 2015

It all started when my Jewish grandmother dragged home a pine tree branch when she was about six years old. As a child, she watched black-and-white Christmas movies on TV, heard Christmas music on the radio and always wanted a chance to celebrate the holiday, but her parents weren’t quite sure of th...

University residence halls celebrate the holiday season

University residence halls celebrate the holiday season

By Jaini Shah

January 27, 2015

The scent of gingerbread cookies and peppermint candy canes fill the air as Campustown transforms its streets to reflect the holiday spirit. Wearing festive apparel and displaying colorful home decorations isn’t the only way that they’re celebrating, however. The University residence halls have both t...

Holiday Playlist: Changing up the classic tunes

Holiday Playlist: Changing up the classic tunes

By Drake Pena

January 27, 2015

The holidays are quickly approaching, and with the excitement of winter break also comes the anticipation of seeing family members, having parties and, of course, endless hours of holiday music. Before you complain about your roommate who started playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You...

Gifford, Washington continue to rebuild

Gifford, Washington continue to rebuild

By Claire Hettinger

January 27, 2015

On Nov. 17, 2013, an EF-4 tornado destroyed more than the buildings and structures of Washington and Gifford, Illinois — it destroyed the lives and memories of the residents who live there. Although new homes and buildings line the street, the communities of Gifford and Washington are still working to pick ...

It’s time for a (winter) break

It’s time for a (winter) break

By Claire Hettinger

December 9, 2014

The expectations of University life can quickly become too much to handle for us students if we don’t take the time to care for ourselves. Classes are hard, social expectations are taxing and the amount of alcohol we consume isn’t doing anyone any good. Grades are important and so is having a go...

Holiday traditions across cultures

By Victoria Snell

December 9, 2014

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is a celebration lasting 15 days and takes place either in January or February, depending on the lunar calendar. Hui Wang, senior in LAS, described Chinese New Year as a holiday similar to Christmas but without a religious connotation. “It’s more like the biggest festiva...

Reindeer Ranch flourishes in Rantoul

Reindeer Ranch flourishes in Rantoul

By Bridget Hynes

December 9, 2014

Just 16 miles north and off I-57 live twelve reindeer: Comet, Vixen, Black Jack, Tinsel, Snickers, Daisy, Holly, Itty-bitty, Hallelujah, Tiny Dancer, Jack Frost and Hope. The herd pranced around Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, looking for the attention of owner Mark Hardy as he handed treats to...

International Illini talk holiday traditions, customs

By Elizabeth Dye

December 9, 2014

With the holidays, come the holiday traditions. But for many international students, holiday traditions have taken on new meanings in America. Many of these students, who come from drastically different cultural backgrounds, have found themselves sharing in the holiday spirit and celebrating the holidays j...

Delectable drinks for the holidays

Delectable drinks for the holidays

By Christen McGlynn and AbGlickman

December 9, 2014

Winter break leaves time to be creative with your morning beverage. Put down your boring, everyday cup of coffee and spice it up with one of these tasty hot chocolate recipes, courtesy of two recipe bloggers. {{tncms-asset app="editorial" id="6a288694-7e6b-11e4-a329-0b42eadb6cda"}} Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha Courtesy of Katerina Petrovska of diethood.com ...