Christmas traditions

Christmas Celebrations

     At McDowell we get about 2 weeks off of school for Christmas.  During this break I spend time with my family and friends. At my house we have a lot of Christmas traditions.  These include going to see the Zoo Lights, driving around neighborhoods looking at the lights, decorating the house, making Christmas cookies, watching our favorite Christmas movies, playing in the snow, and opening presents with my whole family.
     In addition to all of these wonderful traditions all the kids in my family have a very sneaky and special tradition.  On Christmas morning my brother wakes all the kids up very early. Once he gets us woken up we run downstairs and look at all the presents we got.  After that, we wake up all of the adults and open up our presents together. What time do you wake up on Christmas morning?
      Another tradition we have involves ornaments for the Christmas tree.  Every year my mom lets my sister and I pick out (or make) a special ornament.  Last year during Christmas we made ornaments for my uncle and brother that have passed away.  The ornaments were a great addition to our tree and I hope that we never lose them. Do you have any special ornaments?
     As I said before every Christmas my family and I watch Christmas movies.  One of my family’s favorite movies is “A Christmas Story”. Another one of our favorites are all of the “Home Alone” movies.  Does your family have a favorite Christmas movie?
     Something else that we do around Christmas is go see the zoo lights.  The zoo lights go on for almost the whole month of December and end in the beginning of January.  Last year we were in an exhibit and I got lost.  My mom couldn’t find me and it was really scary.  After a few phone calls we found each other and continued with the zoo lights.
     These are some of the wonderful Christmas traditions that my family and I have.  These have been happening for a couple of years now and I hope that they can keep going.  What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?


Christmas Traditions

Christmas is time is right around the corner! One of the this week task was to write about your celebrations. I decided to write about my Christmas traditions. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and it’s only a few weeks away! On Christmas morning my brothers and I get up super early and go downstairs and look at the Christmas tree before waking my parents up. Once we wake my mom and dad up and they get up and ready, we head downstairs. As soon as we look at the tree, my brothers and I all get so excited. We immediately decide who opens their presents first. It usually ends up where My smallest brother goes first, then my other brother, and then me. I always let them go first every year because they are younger than me, so I let them have a chance before I go!
After we have opened our presents at my house, we go to my grandparents house on my dad’s side. There my aunt is with us when we eat breakfast which is french toast, bacon, eggs, etc. Then we open our presents. Usually my grandma color codes our gifts. It’s a lot of fun!
After we are done celebrating there, we go to my grandparents on my mom’s side of the family and all of my distant cousins come and aunts and uncles. It’s so much fun! We hang out and catch up with each other… Then we eat dinner. It is the best dinner of the year! First we pray, and then we eat turkey and ham, cranberry salad, mashed potatoes, and so much more! Once we are done eating, we all open a few little gifts we got for one another. After about an hour later, my distant family leaves. After they leave we go into the living room and open a BUNCH of presents! When I say a bunch, I mean a bunch! Like we have done all day, we take turns opening our gifts right after we pray. Once everyone is finished opening their presents, my 2 brothers and I look for a pickle ornament on the tree. Whoever finds it first, gets to open their big present first. Last year we got bean bag chairs and I got a dressing table! One year I got my first iPod, and another year I got an electric scooter! It is one of my favorite parts of our Christmas traditions.
We leave about 30 minutes later after saying our “thank you’s” and “goodbyes”. Once we get home, we are so eager to play with our new toys we got, but mom and dad says to go to bed… and we do… until my brothers and I know my parents are asleep. Then we get u and tip toe downstairs to play with our presents! This is my Christmas tradition, what is yours? Tell me in the comments!


The Wonderful Snow effects

Hello, you might have noticed some changes around McDowell Media. Well, the changes were made by me and my fellow students to spruce the blog up for winter. This is also for the student blogging challenge with option number three Spice Up Your Blog With Mrs. Vazquez. I myself added the snowing. Snow is a common thing in Ohio during the winter. I got the HTML code for the widget from https://www.kirupa.com/html5/the_falling_snow_effect.htm.

Thank you for reading and please comment, what do you think of the new changes?




Oh Christmas Tree

Photo taken by Olivia

Every Year my family and I celebrate Christmas together. This is a picture that I took of my brother and our Christmas tree. Every year my family and I put our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving, which is a holiday we have in America. We have a lot of ornaments that we hang up on our Christmas tree that makes it special to just our family. On the top of our tree we have a star that is golden. This star has been in our family for a long time. Even some of the ornaments were once my great grandma and grandpa’s. There are even a few from when my mom was a kid. In this picture you can also see that there are stockings hung by our fireplace and that is because on Christmas eve when Santa comes down our chimney he fills them with goodies like candy and crazy socks. My mom always makes the best Christmas dinners and my sister, brother, and I all make cookies that are Christmas shapes and then decorate them. I chose to take this picture because I think that it shows what Christmas is like at my home. Fun with the family, a festive tree, and many other decorations. I love Christmas and it is my favorite holiday of the year.


Christmas GIF

This GIF represents holiday cheer. It starts with a dark tree, then the tree progressively gets lighter. At the end is a snowman, which we make in America. It has a top hat, two buttons and a carrot nose. For the Week 6 challenge I chose to do the ‘Spice It Up’ and I did the GIF task. This is my GIF and I hope you enjoy. In order to see it click on the picture.


New Years Resolutions

Its a new year of 2017 and that means New Year’s Resolutions. In this blog post I will be writing about my new years resolution. I will also be writing some facts about the tradition.

I’ve never made new years resolutions before in the past, but I decided to make some this year. One of my new years resolutions is to be more confident in myself. Last year my confidence level was really low, including when I was playing sports. I just hope that this year I would be more confident. The last new years resolution I have to complete this year is to be more of myself around people. When people first meet me they might think that I’m a quiet girl that doesn’t take a lot, but in reality I’m the complete opposite. When you get to know me you would know that I am not a quiet person and I’m very talkative.

There isn’t very many people who make new years resolutions. Only 45% of Americans usually make new years resolutions, 17% of  Americans infrequently make new years resolutions, and 38% of Americans absolutely never make new years resolutions. 8% of Americans are successful in achieving their resolutions, 49% of Americans have infrequent success, and 24% of Americans never succeed and fail on achieving their new years resolutions. The top ten most used  new years resolutions is lose weight, getting organized, send less and save more money, enjoy life to the fullest, stay fit and healthy, learn something exciting, quit smoking, help others in their dreams, fall in love, and spend more time with family.

That was my new year’s resolutions and facts about the New Year’s Eve and New year’s Day tradition. I am really hoping that 2017 will be a good year and I want this year to be even better than last year.

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Toys For Tots Foundation

This year, Logan Elm participated in the Toys For Tots Toy Drive.  Seventh and eighth graders collectively raised 1,176 dollars and over 100 toys. Circleville school also participated with their own fundraiser and raised over 1,200 dollars.  After all of the money was spent on toys for the drive, there were over 2,400 toys.

The Logan Elm seventh and eighth graders competed to see which W.I.N. period could collect the most money and toys.  The winning class was in seventh grade.  They saved 261 dollars and 11 toys.  The class won a pizza party for all their effort.  

You can donate to Toys For Tots any time of the year, but the most toys are wanted and donated around Christmas time.  If you watch the news, NBC 4, you will see that they have a huge fundraiser to collect toys for Christmas. This program is run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.  Some big celebrity endorsements include:  Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, and even the First Lady. All three of them helped boost the confidence of the organization.  Toys For Tots have many helpful sponsors as well, including Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Hasbro, Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Hess, Disney, Macy’s, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta, and The UPS Store.    

There are many ways you can donate to the Toys For Tots program.  You can donate in honor of a certain individual, by mail, through eBay, by starting your own fundraising team, or you can even donate your car or truck.  Some stores have a large drop off box for toys and many schools, like Logan Elm, have Toys For Tots fundraisers every December.

Over the lifespan of the organization, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. You should go donate a toy and encourage your school or work to have a Toys For Tots fundraiser to help brighten Christmas, just as Logan Elm students have done this year!


The Good, the Bad, and the Black Friday

Image result for Black Friday fightsLet’s start by saying Black Friday is ridiculous. Black Friday is a mostly America ritual. It’s the day after Thanksgiving when all the stores mark down prices for Christmas. There have been 10 deaths and 105 very serious injuries. It’s quite strange how we go from giving thanks to brutally beating and hurting another human. These are the top three Black Friday stories.

#1. A story was told about a woman in Walmart who had a bad temper and a can of mace. CNN reported this on live television on November 26, 2011. It turned into a race to get the newest Xbox  games, people were doing literally anything to get to the rack of games. When suddenly a woman who was to far in the back started fighting her way up, with mace. The worst part about this scenario was that everyone was so packed together that people couldn’t get out to wash their eyes. In the video, a woman was sprayed in the eyes. She literally had to start screaming her head off to get through the crowd. The woman with the can of mace later turned herself in the day after.

#2. In 2008, probably one of the most famous but horrible things happened during Black Friday. A worker that they had only hired for the Black Friday event, named Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death. The group of shoppers had sat and waited all day to come in the store. When it was time they all rushed in and tramped Jdimytai and an a woman that was eight months pregnant. Fortunately the woman survived, sadly Jdimytai was pronounced dead after 4 hours of being hospitalized.  

#3. This Black Friday story is the saddest in my opinion. This happened at a Toys R Us in California. Two men were fighting over the new best toy for their children. After a little bit of a brawl one of the men pulled a gun, so the other did as well. What eventually happened was they had shootout. The shootout ended up with both men dead. Right in front of their kids. It really shows how low the human race can become.

I know these can kind of be bumming but just keep these stories in mind. You don’t want to be any of these people. And it’s sad to think that any of this happened over the “Best deals” when things are marked down 5%. I do believe that you should be aggressive at Black Friday but do you really want to kill someone for a toaster?  You can be a good shopper by being the bigger guy or gal. Let me know in the comments if you guys have any insane, weird or downright crazy Black Friday stories!

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