Tag Archives: Christmas

One holiday, many celebrations

From Slovakia to Korea, Minnehaha students celebrate the holidays in unique and diverse ways   Whether the snow has fallen on the ground, or the evergreen trees are decorated in shop windows, the knowledge that Christmas is near brings joy to many people. The joy may come from future presents, …

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Presence trumps presents

  The commercialism of Christmas has eclipsed the idea of spending time with family and loved ones. The Talon staff shares their opinion regarding this clash of values.    As Black Friday sales begin even on the day of Thanksgiving, the commercialism of Christmas has been and continues to be a …

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When it’s really about giving

Some turn to charitable gifts to spread the Christmas spirit As the holidays roll around people are all faced with the question, “What am I going to buy for people?” There are always the usual clothes, food, gift cards and little trinkets. Then once the gifts have been exchanged, you …

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Marketing strategies used at Christmas

Turning holiday no-no-no’s into ho-ho-ho’s: Marketing strategies that sell Christmas Alarm set for 2:00 am. Check.  Clothes set out in advance. Check. Credit cards in the wallet. Check. On your mark. You’re ready. Set. Go shopping from 3:00 am – 6:00 am for exclusive early shopping 50% bonus discounts at …

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Orthodox Christmas

Does the Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas the same way as you do? The priest chants loudly as he rings the bells. The smell of burning frankincense and myrrh fills the church. The faces of the congregation are illuminated only by a faint golden candle glow. The people slowly join in …

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Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping – how much is too much? Here’s a quiz: This Christmas season, when did Black Friday sales begin? Thursday. That seems crazy to some. “Thanksgiving should be about spending time with your family,” said senior Ben Gifford. Many companies opened their doors for Black Friday this year a …

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Christmas tree origins

Traditions surround the tree Christmas is celebrated throughout America with the erecting of the Christmas tree. But where did this tree originate? As early as 1570, people erected trees hung with nuts, paper flowers, apples, and dates. The custom was originally a pagan tradition where the people would hang evergreen …

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It’s a Wonderful Life (review)

The nostalgia of the 1940s is still present in this classic Christmas tale Put aside, just for a short moment, the high-definition images of a holiday blockbuster; the action-dramas, the feel-good comedies, the well-awaited sequels. Lock all images of a typical film with a colossal budget and superior digital effects away …

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The life behind the man in the suit

A new history of Santa Claus traces history in first person “You’re right to believe in me….” So starts the new Christmas story, The Autobiography of Santa Claus. This magical book recounts the life of the man in the red suit, Santa. Santa, or St. Nicholas, tells the tale of …

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