The Toys for Tots event at Southeast Academy has been happening for two decades now. Toys for Tots is an event that allows students to consider what we have and be grateful for what we have and give back to the less fortunate by donating a toy or two. Other than just benefiting those less fortunate, you are also benefiting yourself.
Southeast Academy finds ways to motivate their cadets to participate in this event. There are six boxes placed in the front office. Each box has a different platoon name, and whichever platoon gets the most toys in for the drive wins a mini prize, either having a platoon day at the beach, or a small gathering for a pizza party. Another prize that has been added for individual cadets is that if you buy a toy for the event that is a value of $15 or more, you qualify for a ribbon. Ribbons are colorful tabs for acts of kindness, courage, or skill that a cadet receives in order to decorate their uniform.
With that being said, Southeast Academy will always care and strive for a better future for those less fortunate, and keep striving for excellence.
During the Christmas season, the weather is warm and mild in Mexico. This is the time of year when the Mexican celebration of Christmas, called Las Posadas, takes place. Candle-lit processions, beautiful nativity scenes, Spanish Christmas carols, dancing, and fireworks are all part of the festivities. While Christmas trees and Santa Claus have made an appearance in Mexican celebrations, the holidays are deeply rooted in Spanish and indigenous cultures.
Christmas is celebrated in Mexico from December 12th to January 6th. Children usually perform ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas from December 16th through Christmas Eve. Posada is a Spanish word that means “inn” or “lodging.”
There are a total of nine Posadas. They commemorate the time when Joseph and Mary were looking for a place to stay, according to the Christmas myth. The outsides of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss, and paper lanterns during the Posada celebration. A Posada party is held in a different residence each night.
On Christmas Eve, at the final Posada, a manger and shepherd figures are placed on the board of a Nativity scene. After finding the final Posada house, a figurine of baby Jesus is placed in the manger and families attend a midnight church service. Following the church service, there are usually fireworks to welcome the beginning of the Christmas season.
As many of you know, Christmas Break is coming up, and Christmas is a time families get together and enjoy each other’s company. Many cadets look forward to Christmas Break because we get to spend time gathering with our family and friends. We get to enjoy the holidays by taking a break from school, not worrying about our boots being shined or our uniform being sharp. However, since Covid-19 happened cadets have not been doing their uniform, so even this Christmas joy isn’t the same.
Since we are experiencing a pandemic we can’t be around our family, especially our grandparents and family members who are more vulnerable to getting the virus. We have to continue to follow pandemic rules even during the holidays, and cadets are feeling more and more miserable as time goes on.
Now with the increase in Covid cases, we are required to minimize going out and being in large groups even more. Cadet Ssgt Melanie Carranza says, “I am very disappointed that Christmas won’t be the same as previous years. I won’t be able to see family members that I only see on special occasions. I am very bummed out that the kids won’t be able to enjoy the Christmas events the city has every year.”
Even though we are all sad and disappointed about not spending Christmas like we normally would, CFC Amya Felix reminds us, “We still have hope. We have to stay strong. We still have each other no matter what.”
Having trouble finding what to do during quarantine Christmas? Never fear, new fun and entertaining activities are here! Since we are all distressed and insane throughout the pandemic, we may not be able to do some of the things we enjoy during the holidays, but we can’t let COVID-19 bring our holiday spirits down. Take a look at these enjoyable activities, and you’ll definitely have a holly, jolly Christmas.
What better way to decorate your home for Christmas than a beautiful home welcoming snow globe. This video will show you how to make your very own adorable DIY snow globe for kids and adults. They are very easy to make with your family and friends. You can find the materials anywhere in your local store and you can be as creative as you want to be.
You don’t always have to go all out when decorating the outside of your home, so why not make an awesome and colorful Christmas wreath? This amazing Christmas Wreaths website will provide you with different and unique wreaths to make with materials that will definitely make your wreath stand out from the crowd.
If you really want an activity that will get the party started, the “Build a Snowman” game is definitely a must try. It’s a fun game for all ages that will make you excited and make people laugh non-stop. Here’s how to play the game.
Split a group of players into teams: It can be as many as you want. When the game starts, one person will be trapped to become the snowman.
Give each team the supplies they need:Supplies that you will need are toilet paper or white streamers, hats, scarves, and any other fun essentials that you think will be creative to use.
Start a timer for 2 minutes for the wrapping to begin:This is where each team will wrap one person with toilet paper and the accessories within a short amount of time to create a snowman. Music in the background will make the players more pumped up and enthusiastic too!
Pick a winner:This is where you pick the winning team to see who is the best snowman. If you really want, maybe give the winning team prizes as a little congratulations. Also, be sure to have fun!
Christmas time is truly a wonderful year to spend time with family, friends, and other loved one out there. It’s a great holiday to bring people together and spread that Christmas cheer. These wonderful activities will put a smile on your face. Like they always say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Don’t know what to get your friends, parents, or significant other for Christmas? Here are some ideas of what you could get them or make them. Writers note: some gift ideas are odd but if you have good friends, they cherish whatever you get them. If they don’t, get new ones.
-Beanie (everyone deserves a good sturdy beanie for the winter time)
-Reusable straws (save the turtles)
-A Book (I would recommend Film for Her by Orion Carloto. It’s a poetry book that’s aesthetically pleasing and easy to read for those who don’t like reading. It can become a decorative table book for them one day.)
-Burt’s Bees chapstick (expensive chapstick)
-Regular chapstick (affordable chapstick. You have to look out for your friends lip when they get dry in the winter time.)
-Starbucks gift card (At least make it $5. They should be able to afford one drink.)
-Shirt (A band tee, movie tee, graphic tee, maybe a Taco Bell logo one. Hot Topic has bands and Target has affordable graphics.)
-CDs (Ask for their favorite album and you’re set. Fine Line by Harry Styles is very popular among the masses.)
-Snacks (A snack basket or just one snack. It’s the thought that counts.)
-Rubik’s Cube or a deck of cards (Rubik’s Cubes are cool and a deck of cards is timeless. Your friend could use them for the next thirty years or so.)
-A framed photo of the family (if there isn’t a certain 8 x10 photo hanging that you like, gift it to your parents)
-Peanuts (cashews are for rich people)
-Slippers (for warm feet)
-Bread and fruit (sugar bread–conchitas–from the bakery and some oranges sound about nice for a present)
-Matching pj set with them
-Matching pinky rings (I don’t fathom promise rings)
And if all else fails and you go to the stores last minute, everyone always needs some socks and because of Covid, some new masks. If you don’t even get to go to the store, just write a heartfelt letter to the people/person you love.
Maybe you’ve seen all of them or seen one of them, or you’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t seen at least one. Nothing is wrong with a yearly re-watch of holiday movies, especially a Christmas one. So, to get into the Christmas spirit here are some feel good movies to watch in the month of December and yes, these are in “my own” ranking order.
Elf, dir. Jon Favreau (Hulu premium subscription): Will Ferrell is a 6’3″ elf who was abandoned as a child then turned working elf. He goes to New York to find his biological father and meets the beauty, Zooey Deschanel, by chance.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) dir. Chuck Jones (dailymotion.com): A classic. How could you go wrong with the Grinch? The other versions are good too (in a newer generation sense) but sometimes the original is timeless.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) dir. Frank Capra (Amazon Prime video subscription): A tearjerker (for sensitive people). Good people are good people and usually stay good people unless something leads them to corruption and their lives are on the brink of being ruined. I guess guardian angels only exist in movies to help you make the right choice.
Home Alone (1990) dir. Chris Columbus (Disney Plus): Another classic, in a sense. Young Macaulay Culkin was a certified cool kid in this movie.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) dir. Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass: “I’m Mr. White Christmas. I’m Mr. Snow. I’m Mr. Icicle. I’m Mr. Ten Below.”
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) dir. Bill Melendez: Come on now, “Linus and Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi Trio during the dancing sequence is the cutest thing ever.