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Self Love is the Best Love: Winter Skin Care Guide

The Best Skin Care and Self-Care Products for the Holiday Season

By Destiny Padilla & Marleane Trujillo

As winter makes its appearance, it is important to prioritize yourself and take care of your body. At the top of your Christmas list should be spoiling yourself. 

For this month’s “Self Love is the Best Love,” we want you to take care of your skin. Here are the most popular recommended seasonal skin care and self-care products:

1. Tree Hut Frosted Sugar Cookie Shea Sugar Scrub

This product is amazing! It feels so good and makes your body feel nice, even when it’s cold it keeps its smell. Definitely worth buying.

 

2. Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry Shea Sugar Scrub

Tree Hut Frosted Cranberry smells really good and makes your body smooth. It gives a good boost to your shower routine.

3. Bath and Body Works Snowflakes and Cashmere Body Lotion 

We recommend Bath and Body Works’ Snowflake and Cashmere Body Lotion because they are both good combinations. Snowflake is really popular out there right now and smells really good, while the cashmere scent leaves you smelling  and feeling classy.

4. Yankee Candle’s Movie Night Cocoa

Yankee Candle makes a “Movie Night Cocoa” candle, which we love not only because it smells pretty but also because it makes you calm when you put it on at night.

 5. Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is highly recommended because it feels good and makes your lips smooth. And since it is cold out, your lips won’t be chapped.


During the holiday season remember that life is too short to not treat yourself. Do something nice for YOU, simply because you deserve it. You deserve every ounce of happiness and love that is given to you, embrace and treasure the appreciation for yourself.

The greatest gift you can give yourself is to take care of your precious soul and body. In the time of gift giving, luxuries may seem like the best option, but giving someone the gift of having you in their life is just as valuable as the riches.

Celestial Messages: Your Holiday Horoscopes

December – February Horoscopes

By Lady Selene

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Blessings will be coming your way, Sagittarius, so make sure you prepare to take on any new responsibilities you may manifest. Now is also the perfect time to share your creativity and to step out of your shell and thrive.


Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You may keep to yourself this month, which means it is the perfect opportunity to keep your intentions under wraps and begin to focus on yourself and your plans.


Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Inspiration may take on a big part of your life. You may feel inspired to change the things in your life that are no longer bringing you positive vibes. You may notice that it is hard for you to make connections with other people right now. Take into account the people around you, but don’t completely cut people off. 

Yule Celebrations & the Origins of Christmas

By Leslie Cardenas

Christmas is the time that we spend with our families and friends, but the usual traditions we all enjoy come from long-ago Pagan traditions.

Yule marks the beginning of the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the longest night of the year, and it celebrates the return of the sun. Lighting candles, lights on the tree, and stars represent the return of the light. After the winter solstice the days start to get longer and brighter, which is why we celebrate. Yule is traditionally celebrated by the Germanic peoples; they call it Midwinter.

The Christian holiday Christmas is heavily influenced by yule and the traditions surrounding it. Now, this holiday has become a representation of the characters, traditions, and symbols associated with Christianity.

During this time, we set our wishes into the universe for the new year. One way many witches do this is by making a yule log.

The yule log is one of many traditions that many Pagans participate in. The yule log is made up of the bark of a tree (or at times, a cake). The log is adorned with red, white, green candles, pine cones, mistletoe, pine, and evergreen. At times, cinnamon sticks and dried oranges can also be used if your intentions are to bring abundance into your life. The log is usually set in an altar or a centerpiece on the dining table. On the night of the winter solstice, the candles are burned to release the intended wishes into the universe.

Top 10 Christmas Food & Treats

By Daniel Altamirano

These are the top ten Christmas foods and treats to eat this year, ranked down from #10 to #1. Click on each item in the list for links to great recipes from around the internet.


Merry Christmas everybody, and I hope you guys can enjoy some of these treats!

Holiday Movies to Watch Over Winter Break

By Karissa Meno

1. Home Alone (1990)

Where to Watch: Disney+

Starring Macaulay Culkin as an 8 year-old boy left behind during the holiday season as the rest of his family goes on a trip. The boy is left behind to fend off burglars with traps and games laid around his house.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Where to Watch: HBOmax

Starring Jim Carrey as a green hairy mischievous creature who hates Christmas. A little girl sets off to get the Grinch in the holiday spirit while the Grinch plans to take away their Christmas cheer.

3. A Christmas Story (1983)

Where to Watch: HBOmax

Starring Peter Billingsley. A young boy narrating his life through the unforgettable holiday season as he hopes to get his dream gift and get through the holiday season.

4. The Santa Clause (1994)

Where to Watch: Disney+

Starring Tim Allen. A regular father and worker has a run in with the real Santa Claus and if forced to take his place after a tragic accident, he can no longer live a normal life.

5. Gremlins (1984)

Where to Watch: HBOmax

Starring Zack Galligan as a young worker who comes home to find that his inventive father has bought him an extremely rare gift–a special creature that can’t have water or eat after midnight. The holiday season is invaded by the little gremlins during Christmas.

6. Elf (2003)

Where to Watch: HBOmax

Starring Will Ferrell as an elf sent from the North Pole to search for his father. He navigates his life through New York City with his very enthusiastic personality.

7. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Where to Watch: Hulu

Starring James McAvoy as a young man who is sent to help Santa Claus and his technical operation team to deliver a gift to the one girl they missed before Christmas morning.

8. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer (1964)

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Starring Billie Mae Richards. The story of Rudolph and how he grows up with his bright red nose as he navigates through rough lifestyles and comments only to meet other outcasts who are different like him, while being chased by the abominable snowman.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Where to Watch: HBOmax

Starring Chevy Chase as the father of the family who is set on doing the regular Christmas traditions like tree picking, shopping, and family coming over but there is always something that goes wrong.

10. Jingle All The Way (1996)

Where to Watch: Youtube (Primetime subscription)

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the father of a family of three when he forgets to buy his son his favorite superhero toy. He sets off to retrieve one only to find that it is a lot harder to shop for Christmas late.

Top 10 Best Christmas Songs

By Alicia Cram

As the nights become colder and the days become longer, you know that Christmas is in the air. Christmas is on its way, and what better to bring in the holidays than with music!

We polled these top 10 Christmas songs and students from across JGHS and SEA ranked them. Here are the final results of your rankings of the absolute best Christmas songs, from best to worst!

#1) “Last Christmas” by Wham!

#2) “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey

#3) “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

#4) “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

#5) “White Christmas” by Michael Bublé

#6) “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

#7) “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

#8) “Frosty the Snowman” by Michael Bublé

#9) “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande

#10) “The Chipmunk Song” by Alvin & the Chipmunks

Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time

By Michael Rodriguez

#10: The Santa Clause 2

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been in the role of Santa for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But the world of the “Merry Old Soul” turns upside down when he’s dealt a double whammy of news: Not only has his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), landed on this year’s naughty list, but Scott discovers that he must marry by Christmas Eve — just a month away! — or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

#9: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

A handful of Disney’s famous characters spread the Christmas magic and love through three separated heartwarming animated stories. Discover the true meaning of the holiday season along with beloved Donald, Goofy, and Mickey.

#8: The Polar Express

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump; Cast Away) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

#7: A Charlie Brown Christmas

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it is a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn the meaning of Christmas.

#6: A Christmas Carol (2009)

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him tonight. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

#5: Krampus

While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmas time. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, his mom (Toni Collette), his pop (Adam Scott), his sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.

#4: It’s a Wonderful Life

George Bailey (James Stewart) has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

#3: Elf

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman, takes a DNA test with Buddy that proves that Walter is his father. Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

#2: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max and the Grinch come down from his mountaintop home and sneak into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

#1: Home Alone

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Eats & Treats: Homemade Cookies for the Holidays

By Destiny Padilla

With the holiday season approaching, the mouthwatering desserts catch my attention! Brownies, cookies, pies… the more the merrier! Here’s a delicious Christmas cookie recipe you can make at home.

CHRISTMAS M&M COOKIES

For this recipe you will need…

  • 1 and ½ cups of flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch 
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms
  • ½ cup room temperature butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Follow these quick and easy directions for the tasty cookies!

Step 1) In a bowl, cream together the sugars and room temperature butter until fluffy and light. 

Step 2) Next, mix in the vanilla extract and the egg. 

Step 3) Once everything is mixed, pour in the dry ingredients and the M&Ms, and mix until everything is combined. 

Step 4) When finished mixing, put portions of tablespoon sized cookie dough balls onto a baking pan and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you are waiting.

Step 5) After 10 minutes, put the pan of cookie dough balls in the oven and bake at 350F for approximately 11 minutes.

Step 6) Eat the cookies and enjoy!

Film Review: Violent Night

By Andrea Alfaro

New R-rated action-comedy, Violent Night, was recently released in theaters this December 2nd.

David Harbour, known for his role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, portrays a beatdown Santa Claus ready to throw in the towel and give up on Christmas, but an unexpected hostage situation leads him to becoming a family’s only hope of survival.

 

Violent Night was recently released in theaters, and I can tell you now it caught me by surprise. I stepped into that theater expecting to watch the usual action film full of cringy one-liners and the same old boring action sequences. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to be met with an action-comedy that featured some genuinely funny moments and action full of creative kills, perfect for this holiday season.

Not only did it have Christmas themed mayhem, but it had a wholesome message of understanding one’s self worth and forgiving ourselves for our past mistakes, because the steps we take to repent is what really defines us. 

This movie is worth a rating of four and a half stars. Besides the occasional one-liner, this movie was a refreshing take on the usual oversaturated action-comedies we see in the cinema nowadays. I recommend catching this in theaters this holiday season, because nothing says happy holidays like watching Santa Claus smash in the heads of those on his naught list

TV Review: Wednesday (on Netflix)

By Andrea Alfaro

Now streaming only on Netflix, the much anticipated horror-comedy, Wednesday, has made its debut on the 23rd of November with well known director, Tim Burton, directing the entirety of this series’ first season. 

This 8-episode show is based on the iconic Addams Family, created by Charles Addams. It follows the only daughter of the Addams, Wednesday, played by Jenna Ortega throughout her investigation into the secrets of her new school for outcasts, Nevermore Academy.

It features all the elements someone can ask for from a horror comedy targeted towards teens. Satirical humor, a gloomy but beautiful atmosphere, and a story full of entertaining, but predictable, twists. Unfortunately, what this series lacked was a full cast who had both the chemistry and equal acting ability to share a screen. Along with a monster who looked strangely like an ugly snapchat filter.

What really makes a show great is the cast. They have the important job of bringing fictional characters to life and immersing an audience into the narrative. Without a good cast a movie could completely fall apart and become a laughing stock rather than a respected form of media. A great example of this is The Room, which is probably the only drama/romance everyone can agree deserves to be labeled as a comedy with how terrible the whole production was, especially with its horrendous acting.

Wednesday is definitely not as bad as The Room. It includes a line up of very talented actors, like Jenna Ortega and Gwendoline Christie, who plays Nevermore’s principal. Actors like them are what made the show so interesting to watch. 

Some of the cast sadly did miss the mark, such as Luis Guzmán, who plays Gomez Addams. He looked great, physically, for the role, but as I saw his portrayal of Gomez, I realized that it felt as if he was cosplaying as Gomez rather than being Gomez. His performance lacked energy and enthusiasm which made him seem out of place and his lines forced. The absence of chemistry between Guzman and his co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played Morticia Addams, didn’t help his already poor execution either.

Along with the acting comes the issue of the CGI. The show featured a beautiful setting and nice wardrobe that really displayed each character’s personality. Filming in such a place that creates such a dark ambience and acquiring clothes that match each character exactly must have cost a pretty penny, which is why I’m assuming the CGI took a hit. The supposedly terrifying monster in the show had a big part in breaking my immersion. Whenever it made an appearance instead of feeling scared I found myself being more puzzled as to why it looked like a zombie from the Plants vs Zombies games. When I was supposed to be gasping because of shock I was instead gasping for air when I couldn’t stop laughing at how strange and unreal it looked. 

With the Addams Family being such well known figures in pop culture, I would think the casting would be spot on and the CGI would be great. The lack of chemistry, passable CGI, and good acting from certain people was disappointing.

However, overall the negatives didn’t outweigh the positives. It was honestly a great show with a storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Practically everyone and their pets know or have at least heard of the Addams Family, so I viewed this season with some high expectations. I’m happy to say that they didn’t entirely disappoint me.

In my opinion it was a show worthy of 4 stars. Was it perfect? No. Was it an amazing show? Absolutely. Hopefully if there’s a 2nd season it will be worthy of a full five star review. Until then 4 stars seems like the perfect score for Netflix’s new show Wednesday.

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