Holiday Quarter News

The Paw Print

Staff Writers

Kassidy Eyre (Freshman)

Jasmin Kenzie (Sophomore)

Dottie Kervin (Sophomore)

Savannah Rosenfield (Junior)

The Big 3 Holidays by Savannah Rosenfield

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Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christianity savior Jesus Christ. Every year, it is on the 25th of December. However, some cultures celebrate in July. People give presents to each other and put up decorations to celebrate. Christmas is normally accompanied by a visit to church on Christmas day. People will usually go to a midnight mass to bring in the day. In modern days, even people who are more secular celebrate Christmas as a way to give each other presents and enjoy time with their families.
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Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Maccabees beating the Soldiers of Antiochus. The soldiers had destroyed the inside of one of the Temples that was a very important part of their religion. When the Maccabees began to clean the Temple, they found that almost all of the olive oil was gone. They found only enough to keep it lit for one day, but it lasted for 8 days, which left them plenty of time to find more oil to keep to flame going. Because of this, they celebrate the oil burning every year by giving each other presents on every day for eight days and light a candle every night on the Menorah.
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Kwanzaa is a holiday observed by people in the United States and in many nations in Africa. It is a celebration that is meant to honor African heritage. There are many feasts and gifts given to people. Kwanzaa was created in 1966. It is the youngest of the main holidays in December. The creator, Maulana Karenga, called Kwanzaa an alternative to Christmas. The beliefs of the people who celebrate Kwanzaa were originally set as the exact opposite of those who celebrate Christmas. Karenga has stated that he believed Jesus to be psychotic and that Christianity is a holiday that should be shunned by black people everywhere because it was a "White" holiday.

Things to Do Around Town

Ugly Sweater by Jasmin Kenzie

Student Council is hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at Swanton High School on December 19th. Prizes will be awarded to three students and one teacher who have been selected to be wearing the ugliest sweater. Student Council’s goal is to increase school spirit right before semester exams and winter break by this festive competition.
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Zoo Lights by Dottie Kervin

One way to celebrate the holiday season is to go to the Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo. Added activities at the zoo include an ice slide, a carousel, and a train ride. 2018 will be the 33rd annual Lights Before Christmas. The lights are open from November 23-December 31!

Bass Pro Shop by Savannah Rosenfield

During the Holiday season, there are many things that you can do with your family. One of these things is going to Bass Pro Shop and experiencing a winter wonderland. Every year Bass Pro has a big activity gathering where they have many games and toys for the children to play with, like a toy bow and arrow range, playing with trucks on a dirt track, and going to visit Santa Claus. When it comes to visiting Santa, you can have your little ones sit on his lap, tell him what they want for a present this holiday, and get your picture taken with him that you can purchase. It is a wonderful experience for children and the photograph can help preserve a memory that you will never forget, so make your way to Bass Pro Shop this year and make some great memories.
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The Nutcracker by Jasmin Kenzie

The Nutcracker is a festive seasonal ballet and movie based on the story of a young German girl. The original story, written by E. T. A. Hoffman, is called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov are responsible for taking the lovely story and turning it into a two-act ballet. Throughout the years, it has become more and more successful and has turned into a lovely ballet we have all come to know and love. We are lucky enough to be near the Stranahan Theatre where the ballet is performed annually this time of year. The Theatre on Heatherdowns Blvd in Toledo showed the lovely ballet in early December.
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Manor House by Kassidy Eyre

The Manor House was built between 1936 and 1938 in the middle of the Great Depression, the Manor House, originally known as Stranleigh Manor, served as a residential resort for the Stranahan family, who helped revolutionize the U.S. automotive industry with the replaceable spark plug. The mansion has become the centerpiece of Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Sylvania Township. Every year, thousands of visitors get to view the mansion that is now turned into a museum. In December, almost every room is decorated in festive decorations for guests to see, not to mention the scavenger they have for everyone to enjoy.

Christmas in Swanton

A Wonderful Swanton Time by Dottie Kervin

On December 1st, Christmas in Swanton took place. The Christmas season was started with a parade. Santa Claus and band were included in this parade, along with many other floats. At the high school, a craft show also took place where holiday gifts could be bought. Santa visited the Swanton High School auditorium, where you could tell him what you wanted for Christmas. Later on, a Christmas magic show was played at the Swanton Public Library, which was also in the auditorium. A model train display was set out, which was provided by Swanton Model Train Club. Other activities, like a visit from Happy the clown, wagon rides, and a 5K, were open to the public. Thank you to all who helped out! It was a great way to enter the holiday season!

House of Lights by Savannah Rosenfield

In Swanton, there are many different lights shows that you can see when you are going through town at night. The town itself always has its setup in Pilliod Park, with the tree lit up and all the holiday decorations sprawled across the grass. There is also a sleigh with Santa Claus on Main Street near the playground, but I find that the best place to see Christmas lights is at a private house on Brookside.

Every year, one family sets up a huge set-up of lights that boasts Christmas spirit. There are many blowup decorations of Santa Claus, reindeer, and other Christmas figures. Lights decorate the whole house, along with a path that winds around the yard. If you would like to see something spectacular that shows the spirit of Christmas, you should take a few minutes to go down Brookside and view this magnificent house.

Christmas Movie Reviews

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A Christmas Carol by Kassidy Eyre

5/5 Stars

Disney's A Christmas Carol, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth, is one of the best Christmas movies. The movie is just as good as the book by Charles Dickens. It is a great film to watch with the family around the holidays.

From Ebenezer Scrooge to Tiny Tim, the characters are amazing. With Scrooge being a Christmas humbug to his jolly nephew, they all have their own personalities that we all know and love. Scrooge starts off as a greedy old man but through the story that changes. His heart softens and his coldness melts away; his world does not revolve around money anymore. Fred, Scrooge's nephew, is a spirited man who loves Christmas. He invites Scrooge to his Christmas party each and every year, only to be refused by him.

Bob Cratchit, Scrooge's clerk, is a kind and very poor man. Though treated harshly by Scrooge, he remains a humble and dedicated employee. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit's young son, was crippled from birth. He is a joyful young boy that always brings joy to everyone around him.

Jacob Marley, Scrooge's equally greedy partner. The story starts off with him being as dead as a doornail. He appears in Scrooge’s room on Christmas Eve night as a ghost condemned to wander the world bound in heavy chains. Marley hopes to save his old partner from suffering a similar fate.

The Ghost of Christmas Past, the first spirit to visit Scrooge, is a curiously childlike apparition with a glowing head like a candle. He takes Scrooge on a tour of Christmases in his past. The Ghost of Christmas Present, the second spirit to visit Scrooge. His lifespan is restricted to Christmas Day. He escorts Scrooge on a tour of his friends' holiday celebrations. The Ghost of Christmas future, the third and final spirit to visit Scrooge, is a silent phantom in a hooded black robe. He presents Scrooge with a view of his lonely death.

The story line is about the same as the book. Scrooge had to change his ways in order to change his fate. On Christmas morning, Scrooge is thrilled with his second chance. He wants to share his Christmas spirit with others and sends a giant Christmas turkey to the Cratchit house and shows up to his nephew's party. As the years go by, he holds true to his promise and honors Christmas with all his heart. This is a great Christmas story, because it embraces that Christmas is about having an open heart.

In conclusion, Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” is one of the best Christmas movies. It has a very good moral and Robert Zemeckis did an excellent job bringing Charles Dickens story to life with CGI and animation. It teaches us that people can change and that everyone deserves a second chance. It is also a great movie to put you in the Christmas spirit.

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Christmas Wedding Planner by Savannah Rosenfield

0 / 5 Stars

In print, this movie seemed like a great idea. A girl is planning her cousin's wedding. When the bride's ex-boyfriend comes back, the planner has to keep the wedding from falling apart from him. Along the way, the ex and the planner fall in love. Had this movie been written differently, it could have been great! Unfortunately, it was not. The actors were horrible and the plot line jumped around so much to the point where you could not understand what was going on. Then, it ended so abruptly that it was as if the movie was just stopped in the middle and was not continued. I would not recommend wasting your time with this movie.

All I Want For Christmas Is...

We asked around Swanton High School about what people wanted for Christmas. Here are some of our favorite responses!

“For my family to be all together.” -Mrs. Grindle

“A big crock pot.” -Ms. Larrow

“Money.” -Cameron Knott, Freshmen

“For my family to be together.” -Serena King, Junior

“For my family to be together.” -Samantha Trumbull, Senior

“A bass guitar.” -Jacob McClure, Freshmen

“Books!” -Natalie Newman, Sophomore

“Tickets for Hamilton.” - Mr. Ostojic

“More records.” -Jasmin Kenzie, Sophomore

“Red vans shoes.” -Dottie Kervin, Sohpomore

“Money.” -Kayla Mekus, Sophomore

New Year's Resolutions

As 2019 approaches, all of us here at Swanton High School are coming up with our New Year's resolutions. Here they are!

“I want to focus on not letting others define my happiness and state of mind. I also want to mend old friendships and work on having better relationships with those around me.” - Jasmin Kenzie

“To me, New Years in meaningless. It’s merely an arbitrary designation created in order for us to mark time. Having said that, if I were to have a new years resolution, it would be to find more ways to help my students.” - Mr. Eppert

“To overall improve myself.” - Anonymous

“To try and be happier!” - Nolan Williams

“My resolution for the upcoming new year is to never have a crush on anyone.” -Mia Markowska

“My resolution is to not let people's opinions on me dictate what I do or what I say. I just wanna do me.” -Donovan Avalos

“To be confident.” - Sam Dominque

“Eat healthier.” -Averie Lutz-

“Well, this year, I’d like to… stop procrastinating… learn how to cook good food… start photographing... Travel more… and become more social.” Zach Schaller-

“Mine is to stop spending all my money on clothes.” -Bailey Arnold

“Work on my anger issues.” -Damien Boyer

“Mine is to find more of myself by trying new things, and, along with that, explore new things. Overall, I want to find myself, be a happy person to be around, and set off a good vibe for people to want to be around.” Gabby Bowers

“Become less socially awkward.” -Abbey Oberheim

“Become more organized.” -Seth Garling-

“Better money management.” -Riley Bellner-

“To not be as lazy.” -Ava Bond

“I don’t make new year's resolutions.” -Mr. Reckner

The Paw Print

The Paw Print is a student newspaper that is run by Mr. Kirk Ostojic. We meet every Wednesday's from 2:40pm to 4:00pm.

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