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The Pirate Ship: Christmas Special London High School

December 13, 2013

Index Feature

Unique Christmas Celebrations When you think of Christmas celebrations, you probably think of putting up a Christmas tree and opening presents with your family. Not everyone celebrates Christmas in this way, though. People in other countries have some very different and unique ways of celebrating the holidays. In Japan, for instance, they center December 25th around KFC. They basically incorporate the American food of fried chicken into their culture by dedicating

this day to eating fried chicken. In Guatemala, they gather all of their trash and put it into a pile. Then, they light it on fire. This is to basically cleanse them of their wrong doings for the

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different, they all share one common purpose: to bring families and friends closer and to spend time with one

News

another.

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By: Kaitlyn Hoffman

Sports

year. In Ukraine, they do put up a Christmas tree, but their ornaments are

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spiders and their webs, instead of the round, highly

Winter Wonder-

decorated ones we see on the Christmas trees here in America. Even though the ways people celebrate the Christmas holiday may be

land "13 Unusual Holiday Traditions From Around the

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World." Readers Digest Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec.

Picking Out the Perfect Tree

2013.

Christmas is just around the

that fall off. The less needles that

but you are going to need to

corner, and it's that time of year

fall, the better the tree!

give your tree at least one

again when everyone starts put-

quart of water every day to

ting up their Christmas tree.

2) When placing your newly

keep all the branches green and

While many people are switching

bought tree in your house, make

full through the holiday season.

to the conventional 'fake' tree,

sure to choose a location which is

Add aspirin and some soda

many still use the real cut-fresh-

clear from all open flames and

(ginger ale, sprite, or other

from-the-farm tree; and for

electrical outlets. This will make

fizzy lemonade-y drink) to the

those who do, the Pirate Pride

sure your tree and house is pro-

water as a feeder for the tree.

has some quick tips for you to

tected from any accidents that

use when picking out a tree.

could pose as a fire hazard. Use an extension cord to plug in your

1) Make sure to avoid trees with

lights. Make sure to keep the cord

a large number of dead or

close to the wall and even apply a

drooping branches. For even

little tape to keep it down, that

better assessment, gently shake

way no one trips over it!

or stroke the branches to make sure no needles fall off. You can

3) Your new tree is still living -

even pick the tree up a few

and to keep it fresh through the

inches and test its quality by

Christmas holidays, you are going

dropping it onto the tree trunk

to want to mount your tree in a

that is was just cut off of and

stabilizer that has room to add

evaluate the amount of needles

water. Your tree may not be attached in the ground anymore,

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Picking out a Christmas tree is great fun for all the family. After the holidays are over and school is back in session, make sure to properly depose of your Christmas tree. You can put your tree outside on your regular brush collection day or drop off your tree from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Sunday at the city collection center on Ayers streets. For more helpful tips, check out http:// www.wikihow.com/Care-for-aChristmas-Tree . By: Charli Gurleski

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Feature Lighting of the New York Rockefeller Center Tree The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a

crowd the sidewalks for the event, and hun-

world-wide symbol of the holidays that is

dreds of millions will watch it live across the

displayed in New York City. The New York

globe while marveling at its graceful beauty.

City Tree will be a Norway spruce that is

The tree will remain lit and can be viewed

70-feet tall and will contain roughly around

until 11p.m. on January 7th, 2014, lighting

45,000 LED lights around the tree. This

a beacon symbolizing Christmas for all to

year the famous lighting of the tree will

see.

take place on Wednesday, December 4th.

Tree Lighting." Rockefeller By: Landrue Richards

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., and the

"Rockefeller Center Christmas Center Christmas Tree Lighting. NYC Tourist, Web. 10

lighting will take place at 8:55 p.m. Tens of thousands of people of all ages will

The Corpus Christi Ballet Performs The Nutcracker Since 1974, the play The Nutcracker

p.m., and 15th at 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss your

has been presented at the American Bank

chance this year to watch an amazing per-

Center in Corpus Christi. In this play, one will

formance that is great for people of all ages

be able to witness a live orchestra and over

to see.

one hundred and fifty magnificent dancers who all reside in Corpus Christi. You will be filled with joy as you see graceful displays of

"Corpus Christi Ballet." Corpus Christi Ballet. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. By: Timothy Richter

ballet and exquisite costumes and outfits. This

http:// www.concertballet.net/ up-

play will be performed on December 7th at

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7:30 p.m., the 8th at 3:00 p.m., 14th at 7:30

White House Inaugurates Presidential Christmas Tree On November 29th, the White House pre-

mas Tree contest. Four other trees from the

sented its annual Christmas tree. First Lady

families will be featured around White House

Michelle Obama welcomed the tree which

this holiday season. All Christmas trees will be

arrived on a beautiful horse-drawn carriage.

decorated in honor of military servicemen and

Since 1966, it has been tradition to display a

their families.

Christmas tree in the White House’s Blue Room. This year, the National Christmas Tree Association acquired the 18 ½ foot tall by 11 foot wide tree from the Botek and Wyckoff families, winners of this year’s NCTA’s Christ-

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By: Corgan Davis

Coccaro, Kasie. "The White House Blog." The Official 2013 White House Christmas Tree Arrives. N.p., n.d. Web. 2

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News

Awesome Gifts: Video Games

nba2k14.org

You like games? You like gifts? If so, this is the article for you! “Video game systems are in more homes than ever,” says USA Today. With the new Xbox One and Play Station 4 consoles out, many kids will want to get them for Christmas. You need games for those consoles don’t you? Here are some top video game choices for Christmas 2013!

FIFA 14

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

Just Dance 2014

Forza Motorsport 5

Disney Infinity

Need for Speed: Rivals

Skylanders SWAP Force

Super Mario 3D World

Now that you know what games to get; go get them! I hope you have a fun time playing them. Merry Christmas!

NBA 2K14

By: Nick Vella

Root Rot in Christmas Fir Trees Over a time of 11 years, many things could go

owner of the fir tree farm if there is some-

right; there also is a lot that could go wrong.

thing wrong with the Christmas trees. The

During Christmas, many people have tradi-

owner, Jeff Pollard, began noticing that

tions that can be traced back many years, or

there has been a root rot problem with the

they just have a regular holiday with family

trees on his farm. Pollard said, “11 years of

without many traditions. One of those tradi-

work-gone.” Once in the soil, this rot will

tions might be having a traditional fir tree.

harm all trees in the area. Now, Pollard has

This year, in Bakersville, North Carolina, those

to relocate his farm to another area and

highcountrychristmastrees.com/

having the tree for a few days have noticed

start from scratch.

home_frasier_fir_tree_farm_lrg.htm

that the tree died, causing them to ask the

http://

By: Jake Voss

Feast of Sharing Do you love food? Do you love

AUSTIN MATTERS by Ralph Barrera." AUSTIN MATTERS by Ralph Barrera. N.p., n.d.

even come in from out of town to help!

should head on down to the 25th annual

There were about 1500 volunteers who

Feast of Sharing presented by H-E-B in

served over 10,000 people last year and

Corpus Christi, Texas! This event will be

have great expectations for this year’s

held on Christmas Eve at the American

turnout."Christmas is about giving and

Bank Center, and everyone is invited.

sacrifice. What better way to celebrate

"It's a very good experience to see the

the holiday than to give unto others?"

community coming together as one and

said Valdemar Sarabia, who was one of

helping out. I think it really shows what

the volunteers. Be sure to come and

Corpus Christi is about," said volunteer

help volunteer this Christmas Eve!

Brianna Garcia, 15.Many people come to the Feast of Sharing and enjoy helping The Pirate Ship: Christmas Special

others in the spirit of Christmas. People

serving your community? If so, you

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Sports Epic Christmas Battle

ence. Many people are saying that the

This Christmas is going to be a day of

Christmas games are not very good for

excitement in the NBA. The best match

the player’s families. They say that they

up of the day is the Miami Heat vs. the

will not get to spend time with their fami-

Los Angeles Lakers, two big stars in one

lies or their loved ones. However, the diehard NBA fans will tell you that they

epic show down. Everyone is expecting Kobe Bryant to come back and have an

love the Christmas games, and it has

amazing game. Lebron James, Chris

become a tradition in their families to

Bosh, and Dwayne Wade hope to take the

watch their favorite teams play. It really

Christmas win and stay first in the South-

just comes down to the preference you

east Conference. Kobe and the Lakers

have. Overall, the Christmas games are

hope to move up in the Pacific Confer-

exciting and add thrill to an already special day. By: Hunter Saenz

"Los Angeles Lakers." Bleacher Report. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

Winter Sports

winter marks another successful season

This winter season brings us a lot of action in London Sports. Basketball is in

for London sports; boys and girls both

full swing for our middle school and high

look forward to bettering themselves and

school, and all programs are going

letting it show through wins and success.

strong. Both our London boys and girls teams have built up an impressive re-

By: Tony Gatica

sume, each with 1st place in the Freer tournament with key wins over tough teams in the tournament. Both teams have high hopes of winning district and

London boys basketball player Tony Gatica

making it far in the playoffs. Boys are

playing against rivaling school.

also preparing hard as ever for the upcoming baseball season and are in position to make a run in the playoffs. This

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HOLIDAYS

JOY

LIGHTS

REINDEER

SANTA

SLEIGH

SNOW

SNOWMAN

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