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Opinions Clement Clarke Moore Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! “Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little

round belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly! He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself! A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose! He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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Aaron Pleasant Christmas carols have been a long lived tradition throughout European history. These cheerful and merry songs were actually not so much for Christmas originally. The origin of Christmas carols was from the Pagan celebration of the winter solstice, and the word carol means dance or a song of praise and joy. Early on the Christian religion adapted these Pagan songs by turning them into religious works. Then after approximately a thousand years passed, a man named St. Francis of Assissi created “canticles” or plays that had songs in them to tell a story. As time passed these new canticles were preformed all over Europe. Around the year 1410 Christmas carols like we know them today were created. Those entertaining and lively songs we sing or hear each winter started then. This is also the start of minstrels and bards singing them publicly. At the same time people at home began to sing these cheerful songs in private.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

The song “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby has topped the list of carols for some time now. Then there are family favorites such as “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry or “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms. How often does one find a person who hasn’t heard one of the family or child oriented carols? These songs are extremely familiar in our culture. Now of course there are people who have personal opinions about favorite songs. Ben Lamb thinks that the song “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by John Work is quite the Christmas song. “I like it because it is upbeat. It was written in 1907 and considered a folksong” said Ben. Shauntá Whitehead also had an opinion to share. Shauntá chose “Let It Snow”, a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in 1945. She said, “I like this song because it makes me feel so cozy and every time I hear it I want to drink hot chocolate by the fireplace.”

In actuality, the sport isn’t as expensive as Atkins made it out to be. It only costs about $10,000 a year for both teams to be funded, and most of that includes field upkeep and use, concessions, equipment (which is covered by the grant), and referee payment (which is only about $80 per ref., not $180). Transportation is provided by the school system and therefore not an included expense. Plus we already have a stadium and good concessions to cover most of those expenses. That, along with support from parents, interested students coming to the games, and the t e a m s fundraising themselves, there really is no excuse to say we don’t have the funding. I know there is a lot more support and interest in the sport than is apparent, and adding a team to North Forsyth would be beneficial to the school overall.” A lacrosse team not only means extra funding to the sports at North overall, but football and

basketball players in the off-season would have a sport to keep them in shape. Senior Bradley Sawyer advocated this idea, stating, “I definitely would have played on the lacrosse team. Playing would help keep up my endurance for the football season.” Senior Jacob Brown also shared this opinion, “Lacrosse seems like a really cool sport and I would have enjoyed the opportunity to play.” Junior Josie Edwards showed enthusiasm as well for a girls’ team, saying, “I would have loved to play on a lacrosse team. It looks interesting, and I used to play some with a lacrosse player I know.” Overall, having a lacrosse team (boys, girls, or both) would be beneficial to our school. It would raise more money for the already existing teams, add diversity to the campus with its unique nature, give kids another sport to play, and bring more spirit to the school.

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