Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Football and the new year by Ian Mitchell

New Year's is a time for resolutions and celebrating the new year. Right? Wrong! It's time to crown new bowl winners in college football. There are a whopping nine games this New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The two biggest bowls are the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. The winner of each bowl goes and competes for the national championship.

Naughty or nice?


Our Guesses--Sam-- I think The naughty or nice list was created in order to keep children acting better around Christmas time. Maybe it was like an adult secret around the world. The naughty or nice list is to promise kids whether they get coal or presents for Christmas. Most kids do not actually get coal for Christmas, if they are bad, but those who do have really strict parents most likely. The list is mainly  brought up around Christmas time, but if my accusations are wrong, I hope there are no hard feelings.
Our Guesses--Cam-- I believe that the naughty and nice list is a scam created by parents to influence their kids that if you are not good, then Santa  (your parents) will not have any gifts under the Christmas tree. I also believe they created this to keep their kids asleep during Christmas Eve night because apparently he knows when you’re awake. So it seems that the parents have outsmarted the kids this time around, convincing us to stay in bed and to be good boys and girls.

Now even though we may have sugarcoated the scam idea, we aren’t afraid to uncover the truth!

We are wrong. We are so wrong.

Disclaimer: Now if the story you are about to read is factual-- then cool, but in case it isn’t-- because there are many other “True stories” around the world, we hope you are at least amused by our wonderful findings.

Apparently, this worldwide scam actually came from old Norse tales. It goes even far enough back that it ties to the mythological god Odin. The story is-- Odin or as they called him “Wodan” had magical powers like our Santa does, and he rode an eight- legged horse. Crazy huh? He was also told to be accompanied by two black crows who would hang around chimneys and listen in on whether or not children were being good or bad--like having spies. In all technicality, Odin had elves. They were just in bird form.
Saint Nicholas started around the fourth century and was spread world wide along with being tied to the Norse folk tales. This may not be entirely a scam, but the tale has made it worldwide in a different sense. Technically, it is still a scam-- but Hey! It's Christmas time! So behave, and keep yourself off the naughty list.
Santas’ Helpers


Christmas cookie recipes

I know everyone this Christmas is going to come across their favorite homemade sweet treat. Whether it is made by your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, and whoever else that makes your favorite homemade treat. I’m going to share a few of my favorite holiday treats that my mother makes.
Momma’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 2 cups of flour  
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt       
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar  
  • 1 cup butter (softened)     
  • 3 lg eggs     
  • 1 cup peanut butter   
  •  2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix flour, baking soda, salt,and set aside.          (self- rising flour will replace baking soda and salt). In a large bowl blend sugars,then add softened butter to form paste. Add eggs, peanut butter,and vanilla mix together. Then begin to add flour mixture. After all ingredients are mixed, put the bowl in the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Bake 12-18 mins depending on the oven.
Peanut Butter Balls
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies crushed
  • 2 cups peanut butter   
  • 1 lbs (box) pure cane powdered sugar      
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 bar  almond chocolate bark   
Melt chocolate. Mix all ingredients except chocolate, roll into ball form, dip into chocolate. Put in the fridge to set, until chocolate is hardened.
Mississippi Mud Cookies  
Step 1:
3 tbsp cocoa
2 cups sugar
¼ cup milk
1 stick butter
Bring step one to boil, boil for 1 min. After boil take off heat add step 2.
Step 2:
1tsp vanilla
3tbsp peanut butter
3-3 ½ cups of oats
Then after mixing all these, drop onto cookie sheet by spoonfuls.

I hope you enjoy these wonderful recipes! These are just few of the many sweet treats we get to enjoy around my house. There are people who would even pay my mom to make them a batch of her peanut butter cookies. You just have to try these out yourself. Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

Worldwide Christmas traditions


There are many unique Christmas traditions known around the world! Here are a few:

  1. Catalonians have the Tio de Nadal, otherwise known as the “pooping log.” It is decorated with a face and blanket on Christmas Eve, then the log is placed halfway into a fire and beaten with sticks.
  2. On Christmas Eve, there is absolutely no cleaning in Norway- all brooms are safely hidden away in case they’re stolen by witches and evil spirits.
  3. In Japan, many families have the tradition of eating KFC on Christmas Eve.
  4. Krampus, a half goat, half man, horrific beast who literally beats people into being nice and not naughty. The anti- St. Nicholas comes with a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with a bundle of birch sticks he uses to swat children. The name Krampus originates from the German word “krapmen,” meaning claw. The legend is part of a centuries-old Christmas tradition in Germany where Christmas celebrations begin in early December. Krampus was created as a counterpart to kindly St. Nicholas who rewarded children with sweets. Krampus, in contrast, would swat “wicked” children and take them to his lair. Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as “krampusnacht.”
  5. In Germany, parents hide a pickle in the Christmas tree, and the first child to find it receives a small gift. Also in Germany, the German children leave a shoe outside the house on December 5th, which is then filled with sweets overnight. Naughty children awake to find a tree branch in the shoe instead.
  6. The Yule Cat in said to stalk the Icelandic hills. Those who don’t receive new clothes before Christmas Eve are said to be devoured by this mythical beast (Iceland).
  7. (Great Britain) An age old tradition dictates that each member of the family must stir the Christmas pudding mix in a clockwise direction before it’s cooked, making a wish as they do so.
  8. (Italy) Rather than Santa Claus, Italian children await the arrival of Befana, a friendly witch who delivers sweets and toys on the fifth of January.
  9. In England, Santa Claus traditionally leaves presents in a child’s stocking on Christmas Eve. However, naughty children may wake up on Christmas morning to find a lump of coal in their stockings.
  10. USA - Americans have created a boozy Christmas tradition called The Running of the Santas. Each event sees scores of people- dressed as Santa- taking part in a large bar crawl.

Christmas tree history

People started using the Christmas tree around winter because pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes, as it made them think of the spring to come. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God. Nobody is really sure when fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. Some said that earlier Christmas trees were hung upside down from the ceiling on chandeliers or lighting hooks. Sometimes they wouldn’t even be displayed in a home but be carried around from home to home. If someone wasn’t able to afford a real tree, then they would make pyramids of wood and decorate it. Usually they would use paper, apples, and candles. Although in 1885, a hospital in Chicago burned down because of candles on a Christmas tree. In 1903 the first electric string of light were available.                                             

Why cookies and milk?

  We all know that we leave cookies and milk for Santa and maybe a carrot for the reindeer. Ever since we were little we have been doing that, but have you ever wondered why we did that? Well, I have, so here is a little background knowledge about it. Back in the ancient Norse mythology, Odin, a norse god, was to said to have an eight legged horse named Sleipnir which he rode with a raven on each shoulder. During the yule season kids would leave out food for Sleipner in hopes that Odin would stop by and give presents in return for food. But over the years, it has changed to what it is today. All around the world it is different.