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Winter holidays bring tradition, spontaneity

Sofia Cole, co-features editor
December 16, 2022

Whether it is a family meal with traditional food or a visit to a place of worship, holidays hold a special place in many people’s hearts. In cultures around the world, winter holidays such as Hannukah,...

Illustration by Mia Carr

Empathy: To those facing difficulties during the holidays, compassion is essential

Emily Blumberg and Skylar Kreske
December 17, 2021

“Happy Holidays!” A celebratory feeling fills the atmosphere as the festive greeting rings throughout the hallways and classrooms. The entrances begin flooding with students, anxiously waiting to begin...

In dark times, students look to holiday traditions for light

In dark times, students look to holiday traditions for light

Chloe Arciero, Dani Carr, and Grace Clark
December 18, 2020

Hanukkah  The aromatic smell of latkes drifts around the room and friends and family chatter away as they cook up fried oreos, doughnuts, snickers and anything else they can get their hands on. This...

Illustration by Ella Prillaman

Holiday season calls for religious awareness

Editorial Board
December 14, 2018

Every year during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, junior Yasmeen Mohammed Rafee has playful fasting competitions with her sisters. On Eid al-Fitr, the last day of Ramadan, millions of...

illustration by Margo Kazak

South celebrates the holidays in different ways

Agnosticism Growing up in a Christian household, Jane Emerson* went to church frequently and celebrated Christian holidays without fault. Now, Emerson does not celebrate these holidays out of faith, but...

Smiling with Santa Claus (left), the Easter Bunny (center) and her younger sister (right), Gwyn Skiles celebrates Christmas and Easter as a young child. Much of Skiles’s fun and festivity during the holidays came from her belief in these mythological characters, which she maintained through the age of eight.

Mythological characters inspire magical moments

Gwyn Skiles, asst. opinions editor
December 14, 2018

I work at a café with a single mother named Maria* and I often ask her about her three-year-old son, Chester*. This upcoming holiday season, Maria was telling me how Chester is starting to comprehend...

Cultural customs: Celebrating a cousin’s wedding, the Kalra family women take part in the tradition of singing songs that welcome the groom into the family and send off the bride into a happy marriage. This generallly occurs on the second night of the wedding, which can last up to a week. Photo courtesy of  Anushka Kalra

Traditions maintain link between home, heritage

Anushka Kalra, assistant news editor
December 16, 2016

Tradition and teenagers usually do not go hand in hand.  However, for teenage  immigrants, traditions take on a more important role in our lives. For me, traditions are a way to connect with my culture...

Finals after break increases student stress

Finals after break increases student stress

December 18, 2015

As the bell rings on Dec. 18 at 3:15, students go home to decorated houses. Some start packing to venture off for a long-awaited vacation, while others wait for the arrival of family and friends. Students...

GIFT OF GIVING: Freshman Jennifer Vargas receives a gift from Glenview Youth Services, an organization that has provided financial assistance to her and her family during the holiday season for many years. Photo by Ashley Clark

Financial inequality leads to new view of holidays

Leah Dunne, asst. features editor
December 18, 2015

Throughout South’s diverse student body, holiday experiences differ from person-to-person. With the holidays also comes both gift giving and receiving. However, some families in the South community lack...

Seasonal greetings stem from positive intentions

December 18, 2015

The holidays are a time of family, happiness and giving. However, in lieu of the recent Starbucks red cup controversy, the issue of overgeneralized holiday representation becomes apparent. While Starbucks...

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