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After suffering three heartbreaking losses this season to keep the team from reaching six wins, Ole Miss used 24 second-half points to run away with a 41-24 win against rival Mississippi State in the annual Egg Bowl to clinch bowl eligibility and snap a three-year losing streak to the Bulldogs. BY MATT SIGLER firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a crazy scene inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday night as Ole Miss fans celebrated the Rebels’ 41-24 win in the Egg Bowl over Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC), which snapped the Bulldogs’ three-game winning streak in the series. Students rushed the field after the win and surrounded players, coaches and the Golden Egg trophy. “The feeling was unreal,” redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche said. “The THOMAS GRANING | The Daily Mississippian
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The city of Oxford is enforcing new parking laws on the Square that go into effect today. Parking in premium spots on the Square is now limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. after drivers were previously allowed to park up to two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. BY ADAM GANUCHEAU email@example.com
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The Ole Miss football team is bowl-bound for the first time in three seasons. Immediately after the win against
Mississippi State on Saturday night, The University of Mississippi Athletic Association (UMAA) Foundation released the link to the ticketing webSee TICKETS, PAGE 4
University of Mississippi students are no longer the only ones who have to worry about receiving parking tickets during the week. The city of Oxford is now enforcing strict parking laws that go into effect today. Parking in premium spots on the Square is now limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Previous parking rules in Oxford allowed drivers to park up to two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Standard Parking, the company the city has hired to enforce the new parking laws, will begin issuing parking tickets today for vehicles parked in premium spots on the Square. There are unrestricted, free lots around the
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Square that visitors can park in without receiving a ticket. Oxford city planner Tim Akers told The Oxford Eagle that the first ticket is free, and violators will receive letters that explain future fines for tickets received on the Square. The second viola-
tion is $10, the third is $25 and the fourth is $50. The fines will increase $10 each month the fines are not paid. The fifth ticket will prompt officials to place a boot on the vehicle. Removal of the See PARKING, PAGE 4
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Well, it’s business as usual with a case of the Mondays. The semester’s end has come and we’ve only a bit further to go. Whether or not you’ve utilized your Thanksgiving time wisely flows as water under a bridge. Now, the proving grounds are here and despite our eventful fall let us finish strong. Over the next two weeks letter grades can be made and lost by your choices. For the young ones, I hope that you’ve acclimatized well and, as you enter the gauntlet, don’t refrain for fear or worry to ask us veterans for advice on these two weeks. I have perfect confidence that you aren’t inept or suffering from a common sense
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Drones: War without rules
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In President Obama’s first term, 300 drone strikes killed an estimated 2,500 people. Drone strikes are a powerful tool in the war on terror, but they are also a tool without rules. The New York Times reported yesterday that in the weeks before the presidential election, the Obama administration was scrambling to create guidelines for the use of drones. These rules were to be created in case Obama wasn’t re-elected; the new president would then have a clear set of directives to determine when the use of drone strikes was allowed. While Obama’s re-election should have seen this issue put on the back burner, the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus in the wake of his adultery scandal may bring this issue back to the forefront. For the third time in his presidency, President Obama has the task of appointing a new director for the CIA. This director will play a large role in shaping the United States’ policy on the use of drone strikes. The first U.S. drone strikes
began in 2002 against targets in Afghanistan. Combining intelligence with technology, drones are able to strike specific targets with accuracy and precision, while causing minimal collateral damage. These strikes are also carried out with no danger to our own troops. It’s easy to see why they are perceived as the new face of modern warfare. The U.S. has justified the use of drones by relying on the law of war. Because the U.S. is at war with terrorists who pose a threat to the country, whatever measures are necessary to quash those threats are justifiable, including the use of drone strikes. This is a total reversal of policy from when the U.S. criticized Israel’s use of drones to take out likely terrorists in foreign territories. There is a great deal of international skepticism about
the justifications for the use of drones in the war on terror. The United Nations has announced its plans to start an investigation into the U.S.’s use of drones next year. The U.N. has recognized that there are no rules in the international sphere governing the use of drones and that the U.S. is likely to create those rules through its actions. The war on terror is far from the traditional conception of war, and yet we began fighting it like it was. Drone strikes are an evolution from that traditional conception of war and utilize the best strengths of our military, intelligence and technology. However, President Obama ran on a platform of ending questionable practices in fighting the war on terror. He called for the closing of Guantanamo Bay and the end of “enhanced interrogations,” or
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site where bowl tickets can be pre-ordered. Based on a person’s priority level and ticket availability, tickets will be available for fans wanting to attend one of the four possible bowl games to which Ole Miss is projected to be invited. To receive UMAA Foundation priority seating, fans must pre-order tickets before the priority deadline of Dec. 12, according to the Ole Miss ticketing website. If fans pre-order more tickets than their priority allows, the tickets over the limit will be allocated in a non-priority area. All orders received af-
ter Dec. 12 will be allocated based on the date the order was received and depend on availability. If there are no tickets for allocation when the priority level is reached, the order will not be processed. Allotted tickets and priority information can be found at www.olemisssports.com/ bowlgame. The four possible bowl games that Ole Miss is projected to be invited to are the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport on Dec. 28, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 31, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis on Dec. 31 and the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on Jan. 5.
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Robert Nkemdiche expected to commit in two weeks Grayson High School (Ga.) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 football prospect, will commit to Ole Miss in two weeks, according to his brother Denzel, a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Rebels. Robert Nkemdiche was in attendance at Saturday’s 41-24 win against Mississippi State. “Robert told me personally — I don’t know if I’m supposed to say it — but he told me he’s committing (to Ole Miss) in two weeks,” Denzel Nkemdiche said. “That’s just the honest truth. That’s what he told me, and he wouldn’t lie to his brother. I’m really excited. That’s a big deal. All of this is really exciting for Ole Miss.” Robert committed to Clemson on June 14 before decommitting from the Tigers and opening his recruitment back up on Nov. 7. The current 21-player Ole Miss recruiting class is ranked from No. 19 to No. 21 in the team rankings, depending on the recruiting service. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder from Loganville, Ga., would be the highest-ranked recruit to ever commit to Ole Miss and would boost the Rebels to a top-15 class. National Signing Day is Feb. 6.
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For the first time since 2009, Ole Miss will be playing in a bowl game. The bowl berth was even sweeter this season because the Rebels (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) captured it on the last game of the year against in-state rival No. 25 Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC), with a 41-24 win Saturday night in the annual Egg Bowl. “I cannot be more proud of this group of young men and coaches,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “I’m first and foremost happy and thrilled for them, and then secondly for our fans, administration and the people of Rebel Nation who had to go through losing the momentum in this series. I understand that was difficult. “I’ve lived it. I’ve been through it, and I know how important it is to this state and to our university, and our kids were very aware of that tonight.” Not only did the win secure postseason play for Ole Miss, it also brought the Golden Egg trophy back to Oxford after it had been in Starkville for the past three years. Things got off to a quick start in the game, with Ole Miss
striking first after barely any time had ticked off the clock in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace found senior tight end Jamal Mosley from 25 yards out, giving the Rebels an early 7-0 lead. However, the lead was short lived. On the ensuing kickoff, Jameon Lewis went 100 yards to bring Mississippi State even at 7-7. The Bulldogs would strike again and take their only lead of the game with just under three minutes left in the first quarter on a 42-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Russell to wide receiver Chad Bumphis. Ole Miss would answer with a field goal to draw within four, and later in the quarter, Wallace hit sophomore wide receiver Donte Moncrief on a 77-yard pass for a touchdown, pushing the Rebels into the lead, 17-14. Mississippi State tacked on a field goal to tie things up at 17 heading into half, but in the second half, a completely different Ole Miss team emerged from the locker room. To have the game tied at 17 at half seemed like an accomplishment for Ole Miss, which played a mediocre first half compared to its performance in the second half, when it outscored the Bulldogs 24-7. “The difference was no two
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Wallace hit Moncrief two more times for touchdowns of 21 and 16 yards, respectively, increasing the Ole Miss lead to 34-17. Wallace then found sophomore wide receiver Vince Sanders from 16 yards out early in the fourth quarter to seal the game for Ole Miss. Mississippi State would add a late touchdown to make the final 41-24, but their fate had been decided much earlier. Statistically, Ole Miss dominated the game Saturday. The Rebels gained 527 yards of total offense, which was the third time this season they eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. The total included 233 yards rushing, which was the fifth time Ole Miss eclipsed the 200-yard mark this season. Moncrief finished the night with seven catches for a career-
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locker room was ecstatic, it was like, ‘Yes, we did it.’ We were proud of each other, and we really played for each other and played out of love. The fans were completely in it, and it was a good feeling to see the Mississippi State fans leave. The fans were awesome, and I’m glad we were able to get that win for them and for Rebel Nation and for them to be able to rush the field, that feeling was unreal, and I loved every minute of it.” The victory secured bowl eligibility for the Rebels, who improved to 6-6 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Not only did the win secure a bowl, it also secured another game for the 22 Ole Miss seniors. “It’s so important,” Freeze said. “I hate to keep saying it, but those seniors have had to go through two or three years of having to hear what they’ve had to hear everywhere they go, and you know how social media is and even how our own people talk about how bad it is. To send them out to a bowl game somewhere will be really nice.” Many players on the team were a part of the recent
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struggles against Mississippi State and said that the feeling to finally get over the hump and beat their in-state rival felt great. “It’s a great feeling,” junior cornerback Charles Sawyer said. “It’s like we worked so hard and you know you deserve it, but then again you have to be thankful for it. “It’s three years in a row, not just us, it’s the fans too. It’s great for them to experience what we experience, and I’m glad through all the hard times we had this year and the good times that they stayed by our side.” The win also helps the program build for the future. With a first-year head coach and a young team, the future looks
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high 173 yards and tied the school record with three touchdown catches in the game. The 173 yards ranks fourth in school history but is the most a Rebel receiver has had against Mississippi State. Moncrief also tied the school record with 10 touchdown receptions on the year. “It was great feeling how it felt to beat State,” Moncrief said. “This is my second time playing them. The first time they got us, and it hurt me, so I knew I had to come out and help get my team the victory because I knew they really wanted it. Our seniors needed to go to a bowl game, and I didn’t want to let them down.” Wallace also had a big night offensively, despite having a rough start to the game, throwing for 294 yards and five touchdowns. His five touchdown passes in the game tied for the third-most in school history. Wallace also moved into fourth place in school history for passing yards in a season with 2,843 yards. “I think I was clicking in the first half; I was just trying to make too many big plays,” Wallace said. “My emotions kind of got to me. Going in, my emotions were probably too high, 03 Temp. Farm Workers 01/10/1309/01/13 8:30 A.M.- 2:30 P.M., prepare fields for cultivation, maintain, water, fertilizean, harvest crawfish. Weed spot treatment, cutting bait traps for crawfish, and check traps for crawfish, packing and loading crawfish. Operate and perform minor maintenance on farm vehicles and equipment. Farm, field and shed sanitation duties. Once hired worker maybe be subject to random drug test at no cost to worker. Testing positive or refusal may result in immediate termination. Work in all kinds of weather. All tools supplied. Transportation & subsistence supplied after 50% of work contract completed. Return transportation at end 3/4 guaranteed contract. Employer Ray Klumpp Basile, LA. Contact MS WIN Job CenterJo# 434762 02 Temp. Farm Workers 01/10/1309/01/13 8:30 A.M.- 2:30 P.M., prepare fields for cultivation, maintain, water, fertilizean, harvest crawfish. Weed spot treatment, cutting bait traps for crawfish, and check traps for crawfish, packing and loading crawfish. Operate and perform minor maintenance on farm vehicles and equipment. Farm, field and shed sanitation duties. Once hired worker maybe be subject to random drug test at no cost to worker. Testing positive or refusal may result in immediate termination. Work in all kinds of weather. All tools supplied. Transportation & subsistence supplied after 50% of work contract completed. Return transportation at end 3/4 guaranteed contract. Sonnier Farms Eunice, LA. Contact MS WIN Job CTR Jo# 434764
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Holloway leads Rebels past Lipscomb Senior forward Murphy Holloway led Ole Miss with 23 points and eight rebounds, as the Rebels routed the Lipscomb Bisons 91-45 on Friday. Senior guard Nick Williams, senior forward Reginald Buckner and junior guard Marshall Henderson also finished in double figures for the Rebels. BY JOHN LUKE McCORD email@example.com
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The Ole Miss men’s basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season as they defeated the Lipscomb Bison, 91-45, on Friday. It was the fourth time the Rebels had reached the 90-point plateau this season. Senior forward Murphy Holloway led the Rebels (5-0) in scoring with a season-high 23 points, and senior guard Nick Williams chipped in 14. However, it was Holloway’s play that set the tone for the Rebels, in-
cluding 12 first-half points. Holloway also led the team with eight rebounds. “I think the approach was great,” Holloway said. “We came out fired up. It’s just being active. Getting to the ball and putting it in the hoop.” Ole Miss jump on the Bisons (2-2) early in each half as the Rebels scored 31 points in the first half before Lipscomb reached double digits. Defensively, Ole Miss held Lipscomb to 12-of-49 (24.5 percent) from the floor, forced 26 turnovers and blocked nine shot,
including a season-high five from senior forward Reginald Buckner, who also finished in double figures with 10 points. Junior guard Marshall Henderson, the Rebels’ leading scorer, finished with 10, but was just 3-for14 from the field, including 2-for-12 from 3-point range Next up for the Rebels will be Rutgers (4-1) on Saturday as part of the SEC/ Big East Challenge. Tip-off from Tad Smith Coliseum is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
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AWFUL HOLIDAY GIFTS (AND WHAT TO DO) Santa is someimes awfully naughty. The DM tackles the most awful Christmas gifts and how to deal with them.
The Short Version Sometimes it is hard to hide disgust and slap out a “Thank you!”
Gift: Socks Nothing says, “So I was at Walgreen’s and I remembered that I had forgotten to get you something -” like the aloe vera treated lovelies pictured to the left. Recommended Action: Find a shelter or other charitable organization to donate as you would any other unwanted clothing item. Gift: Excessive Monograms People are not all that likely to steal anything and everything from you. There really is not a need to have your name and initials stamped on every item you have ever touched or received from Grandma. The first might be “classy,” but the allure is short lived. Recommended Action: While the gift may have your identity embedded, it is not a portion of your soul. Find a friend with the same monogram or donate.
It may be that awful sweater, the ugly blanket, the knick nacks your apartment really didn’t need, a candle, or something that smells awful and vaguely resembles “lotion.” There is hope. Gift: Photo Frames This is a nice gesture, but literally it is an empty gift. Although Liberating yourself from the we may not feel that way, few people need more things to find grip of a bad gift requires a places for in a cramped dorm room or cluttered apartment. mere moment of understanding and a bit of creativity.. Recommended Action: First, come to understand Unless it is ia sequined or otherwise tacky, consider this the cause of bad gift giving. the perfect opportunity to re-gift. Older people likely love Your aunt, friend, mother, another frame to hold pictures of the grand kids. DONE! or otherwise means well in buying you a gift and likely does not know your tastes as well as they otherwise could. Gift: Underwear Be gentle and try to underThere really is little to be stand that this person wantsaid here. ed to remember you in their purchases and that no one Recommended Action: can be perfect all the time. Remember you are a college student who likely loves doing laundry. Keep them, unless they are too awful to mention, in the back of a drawer for those moments of panic that generally pop up twenty minutes before your first class. Gift: Gift Tins Whether it is filled with popcorn or cookies or candy, that gift tin is probably not what you were hoping for. This
Gift: Ornaments & the Like Did you bother to put up a tree for the two weeks you will be here between Thanksgiving and Christmas break? Not to worry, as you were not the only one missing out on using the ornament you got last year for Christmas. Recommended Action: This is one of those rare gifts that you have to wait to use. Perhaps others are more patient and might appreciate something to deck their halls?
Recommended Action: This is a difficult one. Likely, the item will expire and should be handled with care as soon Don’t just throw the gift away. as possible to another lucky soul or the trash. That is, unless the offending item is food or inappropriGift: Neckties If it is more nice than what ate to donate or pass along, you would buy yourself, it you should not dispose of it. may be worth keeping. Seasonal or “specialty” may Take a cue from Madison Avenue and wrap up the find other uses. gift to give again! Call it “free-cycled” and depart Recommended Action: Rather than risking that you in peace or donate - the might upset the one who choice is in your hands. selected the tie, you should likely be a gentleman and Beauty may be in the eye of the wear it once in their pres- beholder, but waste is waste. ence before retiring the tie.
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Holiday movie picks: Going beyond ‘A Christmas Story’ While I was home for Thanksgiving I noticed that most TV stations were broadcasting basically one thing other than football: Christmas movies, a veritable smorgasbord of Christmas movies. These weren’t the good ones though; these were the bargain basement ABC Family and Lifetime original movie types. They’re made for the lowest common denominator and they suck. This did get me thinking about my favorite Christmas movies, though; the ones that really get me in the holiday spirit. I doubt I’ll be throwing you any curveballs here but if there’s something on my list you haven’t seen, maybe you can keep it in mind for when you come out on the other side of the hellish finals tunnel.
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Elf (2003) From back when Will Ferrell was somewhat tolerable, “Elf” is a Christmas tradition that’s sort of snuck up on me. I’ve never really gone out of my way to watch it, it’s just that USA routinely shows the movie an average 2809 times from the last week of November to the first week of January. “Elf” is syrupy sweet and filled with Christmas spirit but also very funny. Plus, you know, Zooey Deshanel. Scrooged (1988)
And this would be my second favorite adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” A dark-humored modern take on the story, “Scrooged” is one of those great “alternative” yuletide flicks, but it still manages that warm fuzzy feeling at the end. It’s not perfect but seeing Bill Murray play such a jerk continually pestered by increasingly obnoxious ghosts is comedic gold. His turnaround at the end may feel a little forced, but the ensuing sing-a-long is infectious.
Jingle All the Way (1996) Some movies are so bad they’re good. “Jingle All the Way” is so bad it’s awesome. What is my generation’s fascination with this movie? Perhaps it’s because we loved Arnold Schwarzenegger and watching a giant Austrian man go to great lengths to get his extremely annoying son a Turbo-Man doll for Christmas is just hilarious. Maybe it’s because we hadn’t gotten sick of Sinbad yet. Maybe it’s the late Phil Hartman at
the top of his game playing the disgustingly smarmy neighbor, Ted. Maybe it’s the completely insane ending that sees Arnold flying around with a jet-pack. Maybe it’s all of those things and more. “Jingle All the Way” was moderately successful when it was first released but has gone on to become a genuine cult holiday classic. Gremlins (1984) Sure this movie is about mean-spirited little monsters that gleefully terrorize a small
town, but it’s also very Christmasy. I really miss gaudy 80s Christmases so this one really brings back fond memories. Amid all the dark comedy and gremlin antics, there is the touching tale of friendship between a boy and his Mogwai. Die Hard (1988) It’s set at Christmas so it counts as a Christmas movie! I think more and more people are adding this to their DecemSee MOVIES, PAGE 7
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Holiday shopping can be hard for anyone, especially for a college student with a low budget. People are always worried about getting the right gift for their girlfriend or boyfriend, their parents and their siblings. When shopping for others make sure that you are buying for them and not yourself. Often times you might find yourself wanting to buy something you like instead of what the other person would want, so be careful not to do that. Though it can be tough to buy great gifts for everyone, take note to this holiday shopping guide for help!
Getting your boyfriend or girlfriend a holiday gift can be tricky. A great idea is to buy your significant other his or her favorite television show on DVD. Another is to give is a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant for a date night. If your boyfriend or girlfriend’s favorite band has a concert coming up tickets to the show are a great gift. A great gift for a girl to give her boyfriend is tickets to his favorite sporting events. For men with significant others, jewelry is always a good route. Another great gift to give is a subscription to his or her favorite magazine. Shopping for your boyfriend or girlfriend can be
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Sometimes people buy gifts that they think are funny but not everyone else does, so watch out. Parents always enjoy gifts like calendars that you can make online with different pictures for each month. Check out Minted.com for a multitude of create-your-own calendars that ship in a hurry. For those who have parents who enjoy reading, an ereader like a Kindle or Nook might be a great holiday present. For something extra, stock it in advance with their favorite books or a subscription to their favorite newspaper. For fathers, things like tools or a gift card to Home Depot can make good presents. An excellent gift for moms might be taking her to go get a manicure or a facial with you so you can spend time together while getting pampered. Other great gifts for moms are cookbooks or gift cards to places like Target. Parents will always appreciate and enjoy what their children give them so make sure it is great. Siblings can sometimes be very tough to buy presents for. Though it might not seem very personable, gift cards can make great gifts, especially for those much older or younger than you. You can buy a gift card at their favorite store, and then you don’t have to worry about getting it wrong. iTunes gift cards are always a favorite so they can pick music, movies or TV shows they want. Siblings are usually receptive to funny gifts, too. Remember when you used to get presents and play all day Christmas? Relive it with an old favorite board game or something silly. DVDs and seasons of shows are great gifts to give See BUDGET, PAGE 5
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For the boyfriend
Whether he’s been wanting ESPN’s 30 for 30 set, has a thing for Seinfeld or secretly watches Friends reruns, you can’t go wrong with a good DVD set.
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anyone. Video games are also good presents, too– just make sure you check out the reviews first. Think about things they are interested in and go from there. Or better still, things they don’t know they’ll like... yet. During the holiday season,
Take him to the driving range or tee off in the backyard. This may not be the best idea for the friend who has no clubs, though. That just gets too pricey.
There are two on campus and Flex runs out way too quickly every semester. A Starbucks gift card will make any coffee-loving roomie happy.
friends and family friends are always exchanging gifts. Good gifts for family friends are fresh evergreen wreaths or decorative holiday paper plates or cups. Making holiday treats such as toffee and peppermint bark, are easy and inexpensive gifts when you want to give to a variety of people. When shopping for friends, it is fun to give them a picture of you and them in a cute frame or maybe a DVD of a movie you saw together.
LEFT: Now this isn’t to say that your roommate needs to smell better, but who doesn’t love some stress relieving candles after a long day? RIGHT: A magazine subscription keeps on giving.
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Yet another gift that will benefit you both. Every guy needs to learn how to grill, so teach or be taught. Either way, it means good food to come.
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ber movie rotation. It really does have that holiday atmosphere and I can’t hear “Let It Snow” without thinking of this movie. Heck, I even watched Die Hard over the summer and still felt Christmasy. On top of being the best action
movie ever made and turning Bruce Willis into a megastar, “Die Hard” also introduced the world to Severus Snape himself, Alan Rickman. Rickman’s role in “Die Hard” continues to be ripped off by pretty much every action movie villain to this day. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Yeah, we don’t do that “It’s A Wonderful Life” crap at my house. This is the movie
that my family watches every Christmas. A hilarious study of how everything can go wrong, “Christmas Vacation” is a holiday classic that belongs in the same company as “Miracle On 34th Street” and “It’s A Wonderful Life.” A friend of mine once told me that she didn’t think this movie was that funny. My response was “you must come from a normal family.” For the rest of us, we can relate
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to many if not most of the zany situations shown in Christmas Vacation, and most of us have at least one family member that reminds them of a character from this movie. I actually have several. A hilarious study of how everything can go wrong, Christmas Vacation is a holiday classic that belongs in the same company as Miracle On 34th Street and It’s A Wonderful
Life. So those are just some of the movies that get me in the holiday spirit (I’ll spare you my examination of how “Silent Night, Deadly Night” is a great Christmas movie) and if there’s one you haven’t see or haven’t seen in a long time then maybe you can check them out. If I missed any of your favorites then you’ll know what to ask Santa for next year.
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