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Volume 11 Issue 2

Volume 11 Issue 2

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December edition of the Case Middle School Courier. Article on real and fake Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Dreaming, Shark Attacks, Should Middle School students wear make-up, tops apps, Waimanalo hike and Kendama kraze
December edition of the Case Middle School Courier. Article on real and fake Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Dreaming, Shark Attacks, Should Middle School students wear make-up, tops apps, Waimanalo hike and Kendama kraze

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!
By Maya Vita and Jaime TamashiroHey everyone, Christmas is just around the corner, a time of joy, happiness, stars on trees, and bright colored lights everywhere. Soon, people all over the island will be rushing to get presents, decorations, and probably trees. But that brings up a question: do you celebrate this holiday with an artificial Christmas tree or a real Christmas tree?The 7th grade staff of the CMS Courier thought of some pros and cons about real and artificial Christmas trees.Let’s start with artificial trees. With an artificial tree, you don’t need to worry about cleaning up or watering it, and you save a lot of money since you don’t need to keep buying a tree every year. The price of an artificial tree typically varies from $80 to $200. On the other hand, most artificial trees don’t have “that smell.” An easy solution to this is to get a pine-scented air freshener or candle. With real trees you can get the real smell of Christmas. It smells and feels more “Christmassy” somehow.According to earth911.com, real trees are actually better for the environment since most artificial trees are shipped thousands of miles while the most a real tree needs to travel is only a few hundred. Also, all the trees that were cut down are re-planted each year in farms and each tree can provide enough oxygen for almost 18 people.The downside to these real trees are that there are bristles, and those bristles are sometimes hard to clean. Also, if you happen to live in an apartment, it is hard to carry the tree up the elevator or into your house. Some people happen to be allergic to trees and therefore, can’t buy a real tree. The price of the average real tree varies from $20 (unlikely in Hawaii) to $100.Let’s assume that an artificial tree lasts for 10 years or more. That would be $20 per year at maximum
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In this issue:
Gifts From the Heart
6 Years of Dreaming
Kendama Kraze
Unusual Christmas Wishes
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Christmas Village
by Sara CerdaOne of our family traditions is to make a Christmas Village. The village depicts a Hawaiian Winter Wonderland. My dad would even have snow in our village. He has been doing a Christmas Village for as long as I can remember. I remember when I was young, I had a hard time sleeping, so I would look outside when the Christmas village was all lit up. I felt cozy and just looking at it I would hug my bear and then fall asleep.Making a Christmas village is hard work, and you need to be dedicated to this project, or else you might not be done when Christmas comes around. You can buy a set to make a Christmas village and expand it over time, but the ones that truly stand out are the ones that people make.My dad went extreme one year. He had a drive-in movie theater with the Lego blocks, a place where they cut the Christmas trees with a miniature saw and a workbench, a ski resort, a beer garden and more.If you are planning on buying a village set, that is a good start. But if you want to make it really special, you need a plan. In order to make a successful village you need to have an idea or a concept. You can’t just go and build a Christmas village without a blueprint or else it will not turn out right. It takes about 4 hours a day for a week to complete the village.Making a Christmas Village is an important part of our tradition. It brings joy to everyone who sees it. Maybe you can start your Christmas Village this year.
Do You Believe in Santa Claus?
By Clarise HuangCookies and milk lie on the table, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. All is quiet and everyone is asleep. Morning arrives and waiting under the tree are presents from Santa, the milk and cookies gone. Did he spend the night flying around with his reindeer, climbing down chimneys, and delivering presents? Is Santa Claus real?
The original Santa was St. Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 C.E. He was a Greek bishop who was known for secretly giving gifts, such as coins to people. After his death on December 6th, a feast was held every year on this day. In the beginning, St. Nicholas had no connection to Christmas or the birth of Jesus. Before the date was established, the birth of Jesus was unknown. Pope Julius I was the one who decided on the date, December 25th. After time, St. Nicholas’ feast day became associated with the birth of Jesus. A tradition on December 25th was that children put out nuts, apples, and other sweets to welcome St. Nicholas to their homes.
Santa Claus was not St. Nicholas’ name. There were many Protestant countries in Europe that didn’t pick up the custom of Christmas, except for Holland. When Holland started celebrating Christmas, they called St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas. As the tradition came to America, his name Sinter Klaas was once again changed. In America, they called him Sancte Claus. As time passed, Sancte Claus slightly changed and became Santa Claus.
Other customs of Christmas, such as giving presents and decorating Christmas trees also have their meaning. In Pre-Christian Rome, emperors who despised certain citizens, forced those people to give them presents. The Christians then Christianized that practice by making it St. Nicholas’ or Santa Claus’ doing. The custom of Christmas trees came from observing Pagans. Pagans worshipped trees in the forest, brought them home, and decorated them. After seeing this custom it was copied and put into the Christian religion.
So, is Santa Claus real? Is it true that Santa rides in a sleigh with reindeer, climbs down your roof and put presents under the tree? Well, that is up to you to decide. Maybe knowing more about Santa and Christmas changed your mind, or maybe it didn’t. St. Nicholas was real, but is Santa Claus real? I don’t know, but if he is, he’s one really generous person who has made wishes of little children around the world come true.
Christmas Village my Dad made last year. Rachel’08 and Eric ’10 Liaw sit with Santa.Photo by Sara Cerda
Lava Lamps: How do they work?
by Megan Buras
Floating Colorful bubbles still seem to attract the eyes of people, even though the invention was created over a quarter century ago. Lava lamps still show up in houses today. These crazy “lava-like” lamps were invented in 1963, by a British accountant named Edward Craven-Walker.The general question about lava lamps is what makes them look as they do? Inside of our beautiful lamp lie two liquids that are both very close in density, such as oil and water and they don’t mix together.
By applying heat to the bottom of the mixture (usually coming from a light bulb when you plug the lamp into an outlet) the heavier liquid absorbs the heat and expands until its density becomes less than the liquid above it. This causes the “lava” to rise. When it reaches the top of the lamp, the “lava” cools down and sinks to the bottom. This process is repeated until the lamp no longer has heat to allow the liquid to rise and expand (when the lamp is unplugged).
Gifts from the Heart
by David MelzackDo you have trouble coming up with gift ideas? Do you want to make that special someone a special gift that can’t be bought? There are many homemade gifts that you can easily make for the holiday season.Homemade baked goods like cookies, breads and cakes are a great choice. Every one loves baked goods. It is always a great comfort food. Baked goods that have cinnamon and peppermint reminds me of the holidays.Homemade ornaments are another great idea. It a great keepsake. You can make a custom made ornament for people. Materials don’t have to be expensive. You can use glitter, paint or even pine cones you can find on a hike.Homemade art is another good option. People always love original art. Kid art is especially popular among adults.Whatever you decide to give someone this holiday, it should come from the heart.Lava Lamp Fun Facts
 They come in a variety of different shapes and colors, ranging from spaceships to rainbow-colored “lava”
At first Lava Lamps were called Astro Globes
The very first Lava Lamps were available with a gold base and yellow or blue liquid with red or white “Lava”.
Easiest Ever Baked Stuffed Apples
 from Rachael Ray
4 McIntosh apples1/2 lemon4 tablespoons butter, softened3/4 cup whole-grain cereal with dried fruit, such as Mueslix2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1/4 cup chopped walnuts1 pint vanilla ice creamServes 4
Pre-heat the oven to 425ºF.Trim the tops of each apple and scoop out the center and the seeds; rub the edges of the trimmed fruit with the lemon. In a medium size bowl, combine the butter, cereal, sugar and walnuts. Fill the apples with the cereal mixture. Set the apples upright in muffin tins and bake until tender and bubbly, about 20 minutes.Transfer to serving dishes, top
Photos from InternetDecorating pinecones is an easy way to make ornaments.

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