Valentine’s Day by the Numbers Reply

Ashley Wolf

Valentine’s day is a day of love. . . And chocolate. Everyone knows about Valentine’s day but what are the numbers behind it?

  • 62% of adults say they celebrate the holiday.
  • 448 million dollars are spent on candy the week before February 14th
  • 58 million pounds of chocolate candy bought during, the week of Valentine’s day
  • 36 million heart-shaped boxes sold for the holiday
  • 23% of adults say they purchase flowers or plants on Valentine’s Day, 39% who buy the flowers are women, and the remaining 61% are men
  • Americans spend around 8.6 million dollars on sparkling wine for a holiday making it the bubbliest occasion after New Year’s, Christmas, and Thanksgiving
  • 174,000 gallons of sparkling wine sold throughout the week of Valentine’s Day
  • 8 billion sweet tarts are made annually, that is enough to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona and back again 20 times
  • 15% of Americans who say they are buying gift cards to give as gifts

Some of these facts may be a surprise to you. Now that you know more about the holiday, hopefully, you can enjoy it even more.

Too Many Toys 9

Madison Evans

This year, many toys are being purchased for Christmas. These include LOL Surprises, Pomsies, FurReal Dino Munchin’ Rex, and much much more. Many of these toys are the hot, new thing for children that live all around the world.

LOL Surprises are dolls that kids aged around four to eight enjoy. They are a small ball with a doll and accessories inside, wrapped with a plastic wrap that is decorated to appeal to the eye. Inside, there is a doll with things like dresses, hats, bows, shoes, and much more. There are LOL pets, Little Sisters, Big Sisters, and more. With LOL standing for Little Outrageous Littles, they are tiny and can easily get lost. With the largest LOL Surprise pack, they can cost up to $69.99.

After getting the theme song stuck in people’s heads from seeing it in many commercials, “Pomsies” will have kids asking their parents for one; a furry toy cat that is a small ball of fur with a long tail that grasps its owner’s arm while they hold it. Over the past few months, though, they have quickly escalated to more than cats- unicorns, dragons, koalas, and even glow in the dark. Kids today are obsessing over the cute, small furballs, as everyone can clearly see in the commercials. More…

Should There be More Thanksgiving Break Debate 2

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Jolie Phan

While we are aware that Thanksgiving has passed, it is always worth discussing making our breaks from school longer, right? So here goes.

Thanksgiving is the best time of year to spend with families and friends. Cooking that golden turkey in the oven. It’s smell soaring through the air, flying with the birds. Students come home and get a week off from school to see their families. But what if that break could expand?

Many students would like the idea of getting a longer Thanksgiving break. Like Bradley Tran, Christopher Pedroza, Michelle Trihn, Keira Uyehara, and Lalla Amin. Bradley thinks that we should have a longer break since we have nine months of school. Christopher wants to have more time to bond and spend with family over a longer period of time. Keira and Lalla want to study and read during the break and have time to see their family. The rest want to see the rest of their families and relax. The main thing about Thanksgiving is to see relatives and enjoy that long-lasting break. More…

The Origins of Halloween Reply

 
    Madison Evans and Jolie Phan    

Trick or treat! Halloween’s right around the corner! Kids can dress up as a ghost, zombie, or mummy. No, that all sound so old! Speaking of old, when did Halloween start and how did everything come together into what we now know as Halloween?

The word “Halloween” was popularized by a Scottish poet, Robert Burns, in his poem “Halloween,” with “Hallow” meaning “a holy person” and “een” meaning “eve!¨ Halloween is celebrated the night before All Saint’s Day, like Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Halloween started as a holiday known as Allhallowtide, including All Saint’s Eve, All Saint’s Day, and All Saint’s subsequent, which celebrates dead loved ones. More…

Dear Mother 10

Ashley Wolf

Every year, the second Sunday of may

Some certain special people in our lives, get their own special day

They are beautiful, kind, unique, like no other

Let’s start this off with a simple Dear Mother

You taught me that sometimes what matters most are the little things

You have sheltered me, but also let me go out and spread my wings

You have given me the freedom to learn from my mistakes

And I’m sorry for causing you way too many headaches

You make me smile when I frown

You make me feel at home even when the world is upside down

More…

What Even Is Cinco de Mayo? Reply

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Mariah Escatel

Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrated on the fifth of May across the US and some parts of Mexico. But many students, even of a Latino or Hispanic lineage, don’t really understand the holiday.

What does it celebrate?

Not to be confused with Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, The holiday celebrates failed French invasion after a fledgling Mexican state fell behind on debt payments to European governments. The battle represented more of a symbolic victory for Mexican forces.

Why is it celebrated in the US?

It is widely a US celebration of Mexican cultural heritage for America’s Hispanic population. Latino and Hispanic activists raise awareness for the holiday. It is also recognized as the day we defended our freedom from France. More…

Spring Break!! Reply

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Kevin Luu

An often heard statement lately, “I can’t wait for spring break.” Well, spring break will start next week. 

Spring break is a good time to relax and talk with your friends. 

How did spring break start? According to springbreak.com, “Some of the elements of the Spring Break tradition also go way back in the customs of American college students. More…

Easter on April Fool’s Day 1

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Mia Grasse

This year, 2018, Easter will be on April Fools Day. Crazy, right? But there’s more to Easter than Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs.  

“The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime pre-dates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. . . Before Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, some argue ancient pagans in Europe observed the Spring Equinox as the return of the Sun God — a rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter. . . For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Painting Easter eggs is an especially beloved tradition in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where the eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross,” the Huffington Post states. More…

Silly Holidays You Didn’t Know About 2

 

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Madelyn Fracassa

Everyone knows Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Valentine’s Day. Those are all very well known and recognized holidays, but did you know this is a holiday for celebrating pizza, pets, chili, pigs, left-handed people, and so much more.

January 6th is National Bean Day, so go get some beans to cook. January 21st is National Hugging day, so grab a friend and give them a big hug.

February 4th is Thank a Mailman Day, February 10th is National Umbrella day, and February 27th is National Polar Bear Day.

National Earmuff Day falls on March 13th and on March 23rd, it’s puppy day. March 23rd is also Chip and Dip Day. More…

Happy S.A.D! Reply

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Avalyn Walton

Valentine’s Day. It’s the day to show love, appreciation, and possibly most notably, a day to spend time with your significant other. However, not all of us have a significant other, so when do the single people of the world get to rejoice?

Well as it turns out, the day after Valentine’s Day (February 15th), is the perfect day for that. It’s called Single’s Awareness Day, or S.A.D, and it’s a day for all the single people in the world to rejoice after the blow of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day can make single people feel left out or forgotten, and S.A.D is the perfect way to undo that feeling. It allows single people to come together and celebrate a more platonic love of friendship, or no love at all. More…