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The Hawkeye May 2024
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Terrace’s timeless holiday traditions

©HAWKEYE image credit: Charli Gilchrist

Every time the ingredients for the Christmas cookies get taken out, or the presents are piled under the tree, it summons a feeling of unrivaled joy. It’s always such a special moment to see the house, the front yard and the kitchen dressed up in decorations and lights. The build-up to the holidays is always special, but we all know that the true best part of the holidays is waking up in the morning, going out to the tree, and opening all of your presents with your family.

Now, these are some common traditions for the holidays, but people have different and unique things that  their families do during winter time.

“Advent calendars, Christmas decorating around the house and the tree, and building gingerbread houses,” freshman Skyler MacKay said.

Food is another focal point that brings people together around this time of year.

“On Christmas Eve, we have this giant Polish dinner, and then we wake up and just have the normal Christmas experience,” Freshman Marisha Mcclanathan said.

But a lot of holiday cheer arrives when spending time with others. 

“Christmas dinner is the big one, because everyone just goes all out,” senior Rhett Crowell said. 

“Christmas parties with our family and friends, and the light festival at the baseball field. I also like walking around U-Village.”

After a filling meal, it’s perfect to end off the night with a warm, homemade dessert.

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“Baking cookies and decorating the tree [are favorites] for sure,” Kayley Lewis said.

With all of these fun traditions, the real meaning of the holiday season is getting to spend time with your friends and family, giving to each other, and just appreciating each other. Getting to bake cookies with your relatives, showing off your house decorations to your neighbors, and decorating the tree with all of your favorite ornaments bring an innate positivity to the holidays.

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Dewey Jones
Dewey Jones, General Manager
Dewey Jones joined HSM because he wanted to help produce content for the Hawkeye, and improve in his writing and drawing skills. His goal is to create many pieces of art for The Hawkeye, and make articles that its students find interesting and informative. In his free time, Dewey enjoys chatting with his friends and playing games. He also finds time to draw, in hopes of improving his skill as much as possible. While he doesn’t know his post-high school plans yet, he hopes to study some form of digital art, and possibly go into a career in animation.
Charli Gilchrist
Charli Gilchrist, Graphics Editor
Charli Gilchrist joined HSM to learn more about journalism and continue from where they had left off in journalism from middle school. They have no specific role but hope to help out the paper with graphic design as much as they can. In their free time, they usually enjoy studying clouds, listening to music, and scrolling through Pinterest. They plan on going to a university of the arts after graduation, but for now they can enjoy contributing to the school paper.
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