By: Macie Movsesian & Ashlynn Canfield
Starbucks Holiday Drinks are a cool bonus for the holiday season! Listed below are a few drinks for you to try out this winter and here are our reviews on them!
- Toasted White Chocolate Mocha– This one has a toasty, sweet flavor to it. It is chocolatey but has a good balance of sweet and strong.
- Peppermint Mocha- This is heaven. It is an all-time favorite for the Holiday Drinks at Starbucks. It is a mocha with a peppermint kick to it. It is topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls. But, if you get a frappuccino, you can get curls blended in.
- Chestnut Praline Latte- Chesnut is one of those flavors that can instantly make your spirit jolly, so it is no wonder why Starbucks has chosen this to be one of its limited edition holiday flavors. Rich espresso with flavors of caramelized chestnut and spices, topped with whipped cream and decadent praline pieces. This drink is not something you want to miss out on, but will only be served at Starbucks for a limited time!
- Gingerbread Latte– this is a strong yet sweet coffee that gets you in the Christmas spirit. It is a great drink to try out and maybe become your favorite this year.
- Caramel Brulee Latte- The caramel brulee flavored espresso has a rich deep caramel flavor that can bring warmth almost instantly. Starbucks has really perfected the flavor of this classic special and it will be coming back for a short time only.
- Eggnog Latte- Eggnog is a Christmas classic drink everywhere. Starbucks has gone all out and made this drink perfect. An unexplainable flavor is in this drink and it is sure to warm up any Grinch’s heart.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas has officially begun. And now that it has, the best things of the year are coming. Now is the time for those classic Christmas movies that are always essential to the holiday season. Some of the best movies (in our opinion) are the following:
Home alone is an adorable movie that follows the adventures of young Kevin McCallister who was left home accidentally by his parents and siblings. The McCallister Family was on their way to Paris for Christmas when they forgot about Kevin. He was left alone in his giant home and did what any average young boy would do, go crazy! he was having the time of his life but one thing came to ruin it, Two men were planning to rob the McCallister home. Little did they know, mischievous Kevin was still home. To fight off these intruders, Kevin pulled off many traps and pranks.
Elf is a funny, cute movie that is about a baby named Buddy (Will Ferrell) who is accidentally transported to the North Pole and is raised by elves. When he feels like he doesn’t fit into the jolly group anymore, Buddy travels to New York (full elf mode) in search of his real father. When his father Walter is in disbelief of this, they take a DNA test and find out that it is true and lots of chaos is coming their way.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is about a green Grinch who decides to ruin Christmas for the happy Who’s of Whoville. But, his plans change when he meets Cindy Lou Who. It is a great movie to watch and you’ll probably end in tears.
The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a family friendly movie that is about a doubtful young boy that takes an incredible train ride to the North Pole. It is based on a book by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a really cheery, classic Christmas movie that puts you in the mood for the holidays. `
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Christmas classic AND a Halloween classic! (at least to me ;)) The main character Jack Skellington is the king of Halloweentown. One day, he sees Christmas town and his whole world changed forever. Halloween town is a dark and gloomy sad place that does the same thing every year. Scare people from the real world. Jack gets sick of this annual tradition and tries to bring Christmas time joy to Halloweentown. Citizens are not welcoming to this idea, but Jack makes it his mission to brighten up the souls of Halloweentown.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold wants to have the perfect family Christmas but when his cousin and his family crash the holiday’s unexpectedly, everything soon takes a turn. It is super funny and it is also a great classic movie to watch during the holiday season.
Christmas is the time for FOOD!
According to many TW students, Christmas time means food time! Christmas dinner is made and enjoyed in Christmas evening, after all the opening of presents, watching the Christmas parade on television, and talking with friends and family over hot cocoa or coffee. Many traditional Christmas dinners contain a turkey and/or a sweet glazed ham, a side of mashed potatoes, yams topped with melted marshmallows, sweet glazed carrots, green beans, cranberry sauce, and dessert! Christmas Time dessert options are endless. Cookies, pies, cakes, or others depending on family traditions. Pumpkin pie always makes a reappearance in many households. Christmas time is a time not just for food though, it is a time to be thankful for family and friends that are able to share the holiday together.
A New Spooky Basket?
Admittedly, many of us are recovering from the undeniable fact that we did not get a spooky basket for the spooky season. So why not get a second chance for the holiday season? Jolly Baskets. Some items to include are (but aren’t limited to):
- Cute Christmas Mugs
- Hot Cocoa Mix
- Christmas Candy
- Fuzzy Socks
- A Cute Christmas Card
- Christmas Scented Hand Sanitizers, Lotions, and/or Bath Products (Bath & Body Works!)
- Bath Bombs and Face Masks
- Personalized Ornament
- See’s Candies
Jolly Baskets are now IN SEASON. They are perfect gifts to give to friends, family, and possibly your significant other. So this season, make sure to make tons of jolly baskets and get giving!
Christmas Faves! Survey Results
The students all across TW were sent an email that gave them a chance to get their opinions about Christmas time featured in the school newspaper. The survey asked the following questions:
- What is your Favorite Classic Christmas song?
- Favorite Christmas movie?
- Favorite Christmas drink?
- What’s your favorite part of Christmas?
- What does Christmas mean to you?
Hundreds of students answered this survey and the results are in.
Favorite Classic Christmas Song? Survey Results
All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey – 43.4%
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms – 13.5%
Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – 10.4%
Holly Jolly Christmas by Michael Buble – 9.6%
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee – 9.2%
Last Christmas by Wham! – 8%
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams – 6%
Favorite Christmas Movie? Survey Results
Home Alone and Elf with a tie – 19.1%
Polar Express – 18.3%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 16.3%
A Nightmare Before Christmas – 14.7%
A Christmas Carol – 4.8%
A Christmas Story – 4.4%
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 3.2%
Favorite Christmas Drink? Survey Results
Hot Chocolate – 80.5%
Eggnog – 14.3%
Apple Cider – 5.2%
What’s YOUR favorite part about Christmas? Survey Results
Family – 49%
Food – 18.3%
Gifts – 15.5%
Friendsmas – 9.6%
Desserts – 5.2%
Singing – 2.4%
What does Christmas mean to you?
For this question, students were given the opportunity to respond in their own worlds. Some of our favorites were:
“It is the season of giving and being appreciative of everything you have. It is the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions and reflects upon the past,” said senior, Gisel Martin.
“CUDDLES,” said senior, Grace Wilbur.
“Christmas to me means family gathering together to enjoy each others company,” said senior, Villa Frida
“Christmas is a time where we celebrate the birth of the Lord,” said junior, Jacqueline Canfield.
“That warm feeling throughout the house and comfort all around. There’s not much tension and everyone can finally enjoy themselves.” said junior, Nathan Martinez.