Austin Keller, Daisy Restrepo, Norberto Santiago
At McMahon, political correctness has been visible for some time, as we’re a school that takes pride in diversity and inclusiveness. When President Trump was elected in 2016 Pride Time ran pieces on the fearfulness of students, and fights that erupted the morning after.
During the first holiday season of his presidency, Trump promised to bring back the use of ‘Merry Christmas’ alone.
And while Chris certainly isn’t alone in thinking this way, there certainly is counterweight within the student body, as was expressed through the view of former Class VP Jackson Dino, “for article’s purpose I would probably print Happy Holidays, but I really don’t see anything wrong with saying Merry Christmas”.
The debate rages on, in a society where polarization plays an increasingly crippling role in how we all get along - where do you stand? Comment.
Let’s hope it leaves the holidays alone, and lets us get back to what truly matters this time of year - fighting with relatives and Iphone x’s.
Jason, Will, Lackitchia and Sydney
Jessie Good, A'niaya Nieves and Lucas Balderrama
Snuggle up with a cozy blanket, a cup of cocoa, a bowl of popcorn and enjoy!
2 cons, Willie and Marcus meet up every year to pull off one big con dressed up as a mall santa and his elf to rip off shopping outlets on Christmas Eve. However this year is different Willie is a mess and draws suspicion to the duo, and he befriends a little boy. What trouble awaits them all this Christmas?
A Christmas Story
Ralphie spends a lot of time avoiding his bully, and wishing for a Red Ryder Air Rifle. In between dealing with a cranky dad and a loving mother Ralphie struggles to get to Christmas day with his glasses and his dreams in tact.
This is their first time getting together in 4 years, and it’s an emotional rollercoaster for everyone. Secrets are brought to light and they test the bonds between all the family members. Can the family face these challenges and come out on top or will this be the last time they get together EVER?
A boy with the desire to hear the bells of santa’s slay, aboards a train with other children to take on an adventure to the center of the North Pole to receive a gift of his choice, and to meet Santa Claus himself. Will meeting Santa be everything they dream of?
A Christmas vacation takes a tragic turn when 8 year old trouble maker Kevin Mcallister is accidentally left home alone. Thinking he’d have a fun time with no parents home, turns out to be the opposite when having to take on a huge job of defending his house from burglars. With his mischievous tricks, do you think he’ll be able to outsmart the burglars?
Buddy the elf never really fit in at the North Pole considering he was a human! When Santa suggests he travel to New York City to find his real dad, Buddy takes a leap into the unknown world and experiences a true New York welcome as he meets his dad and tries to show the people of New york the true Christmas Spirit.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown is having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit, so when Lucy suggests he direct the Christmas play he's all in. However when his tree is lacking in pizazz, and height, its up to Charlie to find the true meaning of Christmas.
The Nightmare before Christmas
Follow Jack Skellington as he leaves the comfort of Halloweentown to navigate the exciting Christmas Town. Jack loves the warm and colorful Christmas holiday so much he plots to takeover Christmastown and take Santa’s place. Jack soon learns that even though he had a plan, things don't always go the way you want, even at Christmas.
A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas, but when he gets a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future his life is changed forever. In the good festive way!
The Santa Clause (1,2&3)
Tim Allen stares in this hilarious trilogy as a dad who doesn't believe in Santa Clause, but by some miraculous twist of fate gets thrown into the role of Santa! Join him and his family as they navigate the struggles of being Santa and the many adventures that come with it. In not one, not two but THREE movies!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas(movie)
Watch as Jim Carrey brings the grinch to life in this live action version where the grinch plots to steal the Christmas spirit from whoville, he along with his pet dog Max, sneak into town and steal Christmas. Will the grinch bring Christmas back when he gets a visit from Cindy Lou Who? Watch the movie to find out!
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold is hoping for the absolute perfect Christmas this year, so he bothers everyone about every little detail, but things don’t turn out the way he’s expecting. Watch as Clark navigates through all the ups and down that come with a perfect family Christmas.
Jackson Dino, Christopher Clemens, Roberto Corona and Aliyah Powell
Teachers are in on the holiday spirit as well. Business teacher Mr. Scalies decorates his classroom with multicolored lights and a “holiday tree.” Social studies instructor Mr. Wagenberg says that it is nice that “everyone is a bit happier” during the holiday season. Additionally, the McMahon library has added a Christmas tree to the center of the large space.
Whether it is listening to music or decorating your home or classroom, everyone at Mcmahon celebrates the holiday spirit in their own way. The festivities are sure to continue over the next few days, as winter break fast approaches. Here at McMahon, the festivities are just getting started.
Michelle Perea, James Stefanowicz, Amber Star, Melanie Angel
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Jocelyn Mullins, Natasha Garcia, Daphane Jenkins
Winter time is the time for family, a time for happiness, a time to enjoy the cold weather and drink hot chocolate while enjoying some festive music. Everyone has their special family rituals for the holidays, from the decorating of the Christmas tree, or lighting the menorah, cooking with your parents or just plain sitting around and stuffing your face while watching Greys Anatomy.
During the Christmas season, many of us like to turn on the Christmas radio station and blast the skinniest legend, Mariah Carey and sing along to the likes of Michael Buble and Bing Crosby. And on Christmas Eve, we leave out cookies and milk for Santa or open up some presents a little bit early.
Winter Solstice. Celebrated on December 21st by Pagans, is an astronomical phenomenon that marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Pagan also acknowledge this holiday as Yule. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.
Hanukkah is to remember defeating the Syrians and reviving the Temple of Jerusalem. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days to mark the eight days the oil burned.
Cailin Mendez-Thompson, Yanira Matute, Linda Garcia, Micaella Balderrama
The Holiday season is a special one. As joy and anticipation fills the air, what better than finding yourself with a cup of hot cocoa, watching some of the season’s best movies in the comfort of your own home? Find out what holiday specials Netflix has to offer you this merry season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Living atop Mount Crumpet with his dog Max, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday classic that tells the tale of a vengeful creature focused on ruining the holiday for all citizens of Whoville. But perhaps the season and little Cindy Lu’s determination to spread joy across the town will overcome the threat the Jim Carrey’s Grinch presents.
The Holiday Calendar
A young, talented, but struggling photographer, Abby, takes many pictures of kids and families with Santa. Although she doesn’t have much Christmas spirit, her grandmother left behind an advent calendar, and her grandfather thought Abby should have it. This advent calendar seemed to be doing a lot more than what was expected, it seemed to predict her future highlighting the meaning of what a relationship is.
The Christmas Chronicles
An older brother stays up with his sister and pull an all-nighter in hopes of finally catching Santa in action. When sneaking onto Santa’s sleigh, they go on an adventure experiencing Santa’s routine on the night before Christmas
Love Actually connects the lives of nine individuals all caught up in romances of their own. Find out what the holiday season presents for each complex love of its own.
Claire R., Fatima C., Reggie F., Deiondra M., Kelete S., & Cassidy N.
If you’re ever stumped about what to do during December, here’s your guide to 12 days of spending time with family and friends during the holiday season.
#7: Have a Christmas movie marathon with your family to make sure you get in the Christmas spirit! Here are a couple of our top movies to watch:
-Home alone, Elf, The Polar Express, Bad Santa
#11: Christmas without sugar cookies is like Christmas with no lights. Get a sugar cookie kit and make a couple treats for you, your family and friends.
#12: Make your way over to Sono Ice House during free skate on a friday night with your friends! This is tons of fun and a great way to take part in local activities during the holiday season.