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A White Christmas

A White Christmas

Annie Zhang and Ishani Singh

December 18, 2018

rouched into place, sophomore Katrina Poulter and her sister wait in anticipation for their father to exit the library. With their noses frozen red, the sisters prepare for an ambush, armed with 50 delicately molded snowballs. As the door of the library opens, Poulter and her sister attack, pelting th...

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Emily Xia

December 17, 2018

here’s no holiday like Christmas. Sure, Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s all have their perks, but Christmas holds a special place in my heart. As a young child, as soon as December came around, I would be prancing in my living room listening to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph t...

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa Claus comes to town

Alyssa Hui and Tabitha Mendez

December 16, 2018

Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves

Holiday cheer: DIY Christmas ornaments

Holiday cheer: DIY Christmas ornaments

Ayah Ali-Ahmad and Emily Xia

December 9, 2018

As the weather grows colder and the year comes to a close, grocery stores line their shelves with peppermint-flavored treats, and craft stores overflow with an abundance of Christmas-themed products. To many, buying a fresh, rustic Christmas tree brightens up a room and serves as a yearly holiday trad...

City of Cupertino holds 2018 tree lighting ceremony

City of Cupertino holds 2018 tree lighting ceremony

Charlotte Chui

December 5, 2018

 n Friday, Nov. 30, the City of Cupertino held the 2018 tree lighting ceremony at the Quinlan Community Center. At 6 p.m., the a cappella group Business Casual, national champions of the 2018 Harmony Sweepstakes, began their performance. As community members started to gather around the unlit Christmas tree...

Mint for the holidays

Mint for the holidays

Charlotte Chui

December 12, 2017

Along with the end of the year comes gifting presents, Christmas caroling and of course, peppermint. Here are four DIY projects to try with this quintessential holiday favorite. 1. Peppermint lotion bars: Chilly weather taking a toll? Moisturize dry skin with these mint scented lotion bars. Ing...

Spreading the Christmas cheer

Spreading the Christmas cheer

Shuvi Jha

December 11, 2017

n December 2, members of the Tri-Music Honor Society performed at Quinlan Community Center for the annual “Breakfast with Santa” event. Students performed various songs based on the theme of holiday cheer and spirit. Scroll down to read what sophomores Iris Xia and Wenyu Chen and freshman Conner ...

Christmas Treats with Bite Club

Christmas Treats with Bite Club

Hannah Lee

December 10, 2017

s the holiday season approaches, Bite Club vice president senior Ashley Chang shares her favorite Christmas recipe. Creme brulee is a Catalan dessert that consists of a custard base topped with a layer of caramelized sugar. Read the graphic below to learn more about how to make creme brulee. ...

Behind the not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchanges

Behind the not-so-secret Secret Santa gift exchanges

Fatima Ali

December 11, 2015

n the midst of a grueling marathon of studying for finals, some friend groups have decided to launch a Secret Santa campaign in an effort to raise morale and de-stress. No matter how inexpensive or austere the gifts may be, these friends still cherish their holiday tradition and take heart in the ge...

Under the tree: A timeline of the Quinlan Community Center’s annual tree-lighting

Under the tree: A timeline of the Quinlan Community Center’s annual tree-lighting

Anjana Melvin

December 6, 2014

Story reported on by Anjana Melvin with additional reporting by Mingjie Zhong. Photos by Anjana Melvin and Mingjie Zhong....