A short story featuring Mr. Weiss
Point- Counterpoint: Real or Fake trees?
Christmas Figures around the World
History of Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Skiing and Snowboarding Opportunities
Movie Review: The Grinch
In This Edition:
Christmas Short Story:
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for a wouse1. The moon shone bright on the crisp fallen snow, and outside not a sound was to be heard. In the home, however there was a pitter patter of feet roaming the home. It was General Weiss with his army of mice! And they were where they were every night, eating leftover Lou Malnati's pizza from the fridge.
General Weiss and his mice were eating happily when they heard a strange noise coming from the living room. The noise was peculiar because it sounded of wood. General Weiss ordered his mice to close the fridge and go see what was happening. While General Weiss gobbled the rest of the mozzarella, his mice went to see what was happening. What they saw was quite strange: it was an army of nutcrackers walking and talking like regular people. The mouse army squeaked softly, but the nutcrackers heard, and all the painted, wooden heads turned to the little sector of mice. Both squadrons stared at eat each other, and the silence was deafening.
Then with a loud rumble the army of nutcrackers charged and yelled as they drew their wooden swords from their ornately carved belts. The mice squeaked and darted back to the fridge. General Weiss ordered the mice to form in a wall in front of him as he cowered cowardly behind. There was a sudden silence, but General Weiss’s mice stood strong. Then they heard it: the soft claps of wood slowly marching in unison. General Weiss ordered a squadron of his mice to travel by the broomstick that General Weiss’s friend Scabbers had given him, to go summon some of Santa’s elves to aid in the battle. Scabbers had claimed to be a friend of Harry Potter’s. Meanwhile the Nutcrackers were aparating to go recruit some of Santa’s reindeer to aid them in the battle.
This quiet lasted for ten hours as the Nutcrackers and General Weiss’s troops stood ready for battle. The Nutcracker army had had enough of waiting and decided to send word that the battle would take place outdoors where both had no familiarity. General Weiss agreed and later on his mouse squadron returned with the giant elves who would help him in the battle. The Nutcrackers, however, devised a plan to attack the mice for coming to their land.
The outside was quiet and frigidly cold, and General Weiss was becoming incredibly cold. The mouse army peered around, and all they could see in the dark abyss of yard were reindeer figures. Suddenly, the lights went out in the house and the whole of the neighborhood plunged into darkness. General Weiss quickly ordered his mice to take position and yelled at the elves to line up behind him. But no elves responded. He looked behind him and saw a ghastly sight. All the elves had been buried in a mound of snow with their hats sitting at the top. Petrified with fear, General Weiss ran inside where he saw the nutcrackers eating the Lou Malnati's pizza. He screamed, but he alerted the guards at the door and was locked out forever. Now when you see a rat or mouse during Christmas, don’t let them inside because General Weiss may be just around the corner.
1. A "wouse" is a General Weiss mouse.
Weiss Edition (By: Isaac S.)
Imagine It: You wake up on a lazy Saturday and look out your window. The first snowfall! As you meander downstairs, the smell of fresh pine fills your nose. Ahhh. The smell of a real Christmas tree. Christmas trees have been used to celebrate Christmas for over thousands of years. A proud Christmas tradition. Many people in the 21st century have begun using fake Christmas trees only because of the convenience. You don’t have to water it and you can just climb into your basement and grab it. But what about tromping through the snow with your family and finding the perfect Christmas tree? Taking a picture for your Christmas card and yelling "timber!" as your family cuts it down.?Ava Pether says, ”I love that time of the year. Its so much fun to go out and get your Christmas tree with your family.” It just isn't as much fun to climb into your musty attic or basement and drag the pieces of your “Christmas tree” into your living room. Also, real Christmas trees benefit the environment. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Christmas trees “stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts.” Real Christmas trees also support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gasses and emitting oxygen. Imagine it: You come home after a long day of sledding and come home to the smell of beautiful pine;its your real Christmas tree.
Even though real trees can be nice, fake ones in my opinion are better. A fake tree lasts about 10-15 years, saving you more money for yearly Christmas shopping or other holiday decorations. With fake trees, all you need to do is take them out of the box each year and put the tree together. That is way less of a hassle than hauling a real tree into your home. Fake trees can’t rot away, don’t need high maintenance, or make a scattered mess around the house with sharp pine needles. Real trees have those problems and so many more like becoming a fire hazard if not cared for correctly. Also, many people like myself, are allergic or irritated by a pine smell. Fake trees are a great alternative for that kind of problem. Real trees can also be hard to dispose of if your local garbage truck can’t take something of that size. Additionally, finding an organic tree (a pine tree without added chemical or pesticides ) can be difficult, meaning, you and your family would be inhaling all the chemicals every day. Overall, I feel that even though real trees are a Christmas tradition, fake trees are the way to go around Christmas time.
Fake OR Real
Chocolate chips (big ones)
Small candy canes
First, crush up some of the candy canes in a plastic bag and save some for later. Then lay some wax paper on a cooking pan with some cooking spray for later. Take your chips and put them into a pan and turn your stove on at 90℉. Stir until melted. Now take your marshmallows and dip them halfway in while the chocolate is still hot and dip them into your crushed candy canes while the chocolate is still wet. Lay them on your tray and let dry. Once dry, you can stick in the small candy canes we saved like a handle and you're done.
By: Amelia Furlo
By: Dominic Maniscalco
"It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!" – Narrator (Boris Karloff) (from How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
The Grinch thought that Christmas was a simple idea and realized that it was much more complex than he thought.
"It's Christmas Eve. It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be." — Frank Cross (Bill Murray) (from Scrooged)
This means that for a couple hours of the year, we are very cheerful, as most of us want to be all the time.
"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see." — The Conductor (Tom Hanks) (from The Polar Express)
This means it is easy to believe what you see and hard to believe what you don’t, but the most truthful things are what you can’t see.
“Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” -Stephen Graham Jones
This illustrates that some people are really enthusiastic about Halloween, while others, during Halloween, can’t wait until Christmas.
“One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” -J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Dumbledore was talking about what he saw in the mirror that shows you what you want most in life, and he said that he wants wool socks most for Christmas.
By: Sydney Krause
Looking for some nice, cheap gifts this year for family or friends? Well I've got you! Christmas shopping can sometimes be very hard, depending on the person. I’ve been there myself. I don’t always like giving or getting the most popular gifts, so I’m going to give you some more unique, affordable options that you can give to family or friends or even ask for yourself.
The following ideas have been organized into different categories, that all have a general price point. This could be useful for if you and some friends are doing a Secret Santa, or White Elephant. The exact price will be listed for each object as well as the website.
$5 or less
#1 Bob Ross Happy Little Mints- $2.99. For the Bob Ross lover that you know: https://www.offthewagonshop.com
#2 Sloth fuzzy socks- $5.00
Everyone loves fuzzy socks in this cold season:https://www.target.com
(not the exact fuzzy socks, but you get the idea)
Gift Ideas (continued)
By: Sydney Krause
More ideas for $5 or less:
Any type of candy
Gift Cards (Xbox, Target, Starbucks)
$10 to $20
#1 Wreck This Journal . These are always fun, and a good price-https://www.amazon.com $13.23
#2 A Candle You can find these almost anywhere, and they make a great gift. http://www.bathandbodyworks.com $15.50
More Ideas for $10 to $20
Table Ping Pong
Q: My friend is vaping and I want to help him. What should I do?
A: Well, first you should warn him about the effects vaping has and explain what trouble he could get in. Also, tell a trusted adult about the person vaping.
Q: I’m getting bad grades on my tests, what should I do?
A: You should study the subject for a while, then come back in around 30 minutes and ask a friend or an adult to ask you questions about it. If this doesn’t work, then study it longer before you wait 30 minutes for them to ask you about it.
Q: Am I able to join newspaper late?
A: Yes, anyone is able to join newspaper late. Ms. Wheeler and the Newsies would love new additions to the newspaper staff team!
Q: Is it okay if we give our teachers Christmas presents?
A: Yes, that is great, but do not feel that it is needed to give the teachers Christmas presents. Most teachers would probably love handmade gifts or gift cards.
Q: When can we have a day or period to clean our lockers?
A: Ask your homeroom teacher for time to clean your locker. If they aren’t teaching or anything, they will likely allow you to clean it.
Christmas Figures around the World
Santa Claus has other names in different countries and is depicted as other people than what we are used to. For example, in the UK Santa Claus is called “Father Christmas,” who dresses in a hooded green cloak, a wreath of holly or ivy, and carries a staff around. In France, he is called Papa Noël or Pėre Noël and is dressed in a red cloak. Children leave their shoes by the fireplace, hoping that they will be filled with goodies on Christmas Eve. In Russia, their Christmas figures are Ded Moroz (Father Frost) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). They come on New Year's Eve with presents for all the nice children. In Spain, they have Los Reyes Magos, three jolly figures who deliver gifts in place of offerings on January 6th or El Dia De Reyes.
Overall, most of the cultures have different Christmas figures, some of them like America’s Santa Claus, others not so much. Most Christmas figures deliver presents to nice children.
Hanukkah started on Sunday, December 2nd and ended on Monday, December 10th. According to chabad.org, “Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime ‘festival of lights,’ celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and fried foods.”The menorah has nine candles, one of which is used to light all the other eight candles. A menorah is lit in every household (or by each person in the household) and placed in a doorway or window. The menorah is also lit in synagogues and other places.
A tradition in Hanukkah is to give Hanukkah gelt, gifts of money, to children. This rewards the children for good behavior and the study of the five books of Moses and gives them opportunity to give charity. This also made the idea of “chocolate gelt” (foil-covered chocolate money).
Have you ever asked where ugly Christmas sweaters came from? Well, I'm here to tell you! Christmas sweaters first officially started in the 1980s. Sweaters were worn before then. They were not considered ugly just a little dorky. In the 1980s they were “In.” I know that my grandma had some back then. They were also called “Jingle Bell sweaters.” They also weren’t as crazy. They just had like a large snowman or character on it most of the time, but as technology started to become more popular in the 1990s, they died away. In about 2001 they came and they came back hard. There were parties and contests and they were crazier than ever. They have stayed this way until today and we are having our own ugly Christmas sweater contest during lunch on Friday. So that was the history of ugly Christmas sweaters just in case you were wondering!
By: Amelia Furlo
History of Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Art and Poems by: Kaylyn Fleck
Snow mist drifts through the breeze,
puts your mind at ease.
Shovel it up the next day,
It makes your worries go away.
The stockings are full,
As the gifts are found below.
Here comes the children,
Running softly down the wood stairs.
Joy fills their little hearts
As they tear their presents apart.
Skiing & Snowboarding in
By: Ava Ocker
Are you looking for a winter activity to do with friends? Maybe something fun, but still challenging? I suggest skiing or snowboarding. We have many opportunities to do so right in Lake Geneva or around our area.
One option is the Mountain Top at Grand Geneva. The Mountain Top is located in Lake Geneva and has three chairlifts, 20 downhill runs, and a 6 acre terrain park. They have a variety of hills to match all ski and snowboard levels. Rentals can be provided there.
After skiing or snowboarding with your friends, you can go inside the lodg e and enjoy a meal or some hot cocoa. Lift tickets are only $28 per person. For more information about The Mountain Top, visit this website. https://www.grandgeneva.com/ski-snow-sports
The other option would be Alpine Resort, located in Elkhorn. Alpine has six chairlifts, varying from bunny hills to black diamonds. There are 3 different terrain park runs (Jumps, rails, and other tricks) as well as a few forest runs. You can rent ski and snowboard gear there, and lift tickets cost $18. If interested, you can see Mr. Turk in 6th grade greenhouse for more information about ski and snowboard passes, or visit this website. http://www.alpinevalleyresort.com
So, if you’re looking for a fun and exciting day (or night) to spend with your friends, I suggest skiing or snowboarding!
Movie Review: The Grinch
By: Lucy P.
Cast- Voices of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch; Cameron Seely as Cindy Lou Who; Rashida Jones as Donna Lou Who; Kenan Thompson as Bricklebaum; Pharrell Williams as the Narrator; Tristan O'Hare as Groopert.
It's Christmas season in Whoville and the town is buzzing. This year, Mr. Mayor has a plan to make Christmas three times bigger! So, the Grinch goes into his fantastic plan; become Santa, but the opposite. Instead of giving presents to all the little boys and girls, he takes them away! So with the help of his trusty dog Max and his new-found Reindeer who he calls Fred, instead of giving presents, he decides to take them all.
After successfully collecting all of the presents, he takes his stollen Santa sleigh to the top of Mount Crumpet. Then, the sound of people gathering together in song overcomes him and his heart grows three sizes bigger! Cindy Lou Who invites the Grinch to a Christmas dinner. You will have to go watch the movie your self to find out what happens at Christmas dinner!
Overall, the movie was a great family Christmas movie and a stomach clencher but I have to admit, it was a bit like the old Grinch movie with some of the same parts such as the singing at the end and how he goes and steals all of the presents, stockings and, the Christmas tree. My personal favorite part of the movie was when the Grinch tries to find a reindeer. Also, make sure to wait until after the credits to find out what happens to the the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who’s mom, Donna! So if you want a family-friendly funny Christmas movie, go and watch it before the season is over!
Grinch Movie Trailer-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbwm55LHtS8
By: Kaylyn Fleck
All music students have their solo and ensemble performances coming up soon! The local S&E Festival is on Jan. 22nd at 3-7:30pm for 6th graders and selected 7th and 8th graders. 6th grades students who earn top ratings may make it to District S&E. District S&E is for 7th-8th grade students and selected 6th graders. This event will be March 2nd at LGMS at 8 am-5pm. Students do not have to stay for the entire time, they just have to stay for their performances, but they may watch their other peers perform.
It’s not too late to buy ski cards and lift tickets for Alpine Valley! The ski cards are $18 for anyone who skis after 3:00 pm. Also don’t forget that on Friday nights in January-February, lift tickets Mr. Turk will be also selling them for $18 and anyone can use them! Friends, family, you name it! You don’t need to have a ski card already to purchase a lift ticket.