The Red Cup

By: Faith

The Starbucks cup. Every year, customers create a rampage to get a glimpse of the new holiday cup Starbucks releases every year. In 2014, 2013, and 2012, all the cups were beautifully decorated with holiday symbols, overjoying many customers happily sipping their drinks from the steaming, holiday-red cups. Ornaments, snowmen, sparkles, snowflakes — all intricately designed — adorned the precious cups that some people even collect. Finally, the long-awaited 2015 Starbucks holiday cup has been revealed… a plain red cup.

Sure, if you want to be exact, it’s a red gradient cup that smoothly transitions from a lighter holiday red to a deeper berry red. Supposedly, Starbucks went simplistic with their cups to accommodate the new trend of “simplisticy”. However, it seemed to offend some people instead. Social media exploded with rage and anger over the international company’s choice — here’s why.

In past years, the cups were all highly decorated with ostentatious patterns, but now, followers of Christianity think that the company is starting a “War on Christmas” by getting rid of the decorations and keeping the cup plain. After the cup was released, social media exploded with rage, or in some cases, approval of the simplistic design. Some brought this into political matters, while others took to Twitter and Facebook to rant their anger out instead. Most like other religious matters around the world, many people are taking this change as a personal offense, and making it seem way worse than it actually is, even though the cause is simply a little red cup.

In the end, a cup is a cup, and people will think what they want. If it’s taken personally, politically, or jokingly, we can’t forget about just being thankful for the holidays and definitely not the wonderful hot drinks everyone gets from the producer of this little nightmare. What’s for next year?

DIY Gifts That Someone Would Actually Want For The Holidays

By: Mariam R.

Have someone on your holiday shopping list that is just so hard to buy for? Are you too cheap to buy anything anyone really wants? Are you broke? Do you really just want to make all of your gifts this year? Do you want to give something that you know will be unique? This is a compilation of DIY holiday gifts that would, first of all, be inexpensive, and, second of all, be totally awesome!

  1. This totally punny and incredibly delicious box of kisses

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love chocolate and a good pun! Combine the two into one deliciously punny mixture of magic. It’s easy, and only costs a few dollars. Find the whole tutorial here: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/merry-kiss-mas/

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  1. This easy DIY ipad case

Everyone has an ipad (kindle or tablet of some sort) these days, and if they don’t, this tutorial could be easily changed to fit any kind of device (laptop, tablet, ipad mini, phones etc.). This craft is not only useful, but easy. It only requires a few buttons, felt, and minimal sewing knowledge (and if you can’t sew, just use fabric glue). Find the whole tutorial here: http://ohsolovelyvintage.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-ipad-case.html

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  1. This homemade hot cocoa kit

Everyone agrees that wintertime is perfect for hot cocoa. It is a delicious gift, so it will be gone soon and won’t create useless clutter that usually accumulates during the holiday season. This DIY is a little bit more involved, but the tutorial tells you how to make and/or how to get everything that you need for the DIY. It requires a small bucket from Target, but anything would work (a jar, a box, another bucket, a bag). Find the full tutorial here: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/homemade-hot-cocoa-kits/
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  1. These Mini Cookie Snowglobes

Yet another delicious gift that everyone will, undoubtedly, love! Mini cookie snowglobes made of real cookies that you can really eat, and really enjoy (which might be confusing because at first, I thought it was a clay cookie inside a real snow globe, but now that I know it is a real cookie inside a fake snow globe, that makes it 1000% better!). This tutorial shows you how to make both the cookies and the icing. You could even try to make this with full sized cookies and jars (mostly because I don’t know where one would acquire that many mini jars). Find the whole tutorial here: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/mini-cookie-snowglobes/

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  1. These Scrabble Letter Ornaments

If you are anything like me, Scrabble leads to tons of fights amongst family members, so you have a lot of old Scrabble board games laying around your house. Find a great use for them by making them into decorations. These ornaments could easily be glued to a canvas to make a unique piece of wall decor, or just made how the tutorial says. The amount of words that you can create with this idea are endless, so enjoy, my friend. Find the full tutorial here: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/scrabble-letter/

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Halloween Jokes

By: Aliyah

Q: What is a Mummy’s favorite type of music?

A:  A wrap!!!

Q: What do you call a witch who lives on the beach?

A: A sand- witch

Q: Where does a ghost go on Saturday night?

A: Anywhere he can boo-gie!!

 

Q:Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the party?

A: Because he had nobody to dance with

 

Q: What tops a ghost’s ice cream sundae?

A: A whipped scream!!!

 

Q: What is a vampires favorite holiday?

A: Fangsgiving

 

Jerry: Why do ghosts like to ride elevators?

Bob: Why?

Jerry: It raises theirspirits

 

Tom: What is a ghosts favorite room?

Alicia: I dunno

Tom: The living room!

 

Larry: Whom do monsters buy their cookies from?

Sam: No clue!

Larry: The ghoul scouts

 

Q: Who is the most famous witch detective?

A: Warlock Holmes!!

 

Q: What do Italians eat on Halloween?

A: Fettuccini Afrai-do!!

 

Q: Where do most goblins live?

A: In North and South Scarolina

 

Q: Why doesn’t anyone  like Dracula?

A: He has bat temper!!

 

Q: What can’t you give the Headless Horseman?

A: A headache!

 

Q:What is a monster’s favorite dessert?

A: I-SCREAM!!

 

Q: What instrument does a skeleton play?
A:  The TROM-BONE!

 

Q: What’s it like to be kissed by a vampire?
A: It’s a pain in the neck!!

 

Q: What do you call a little monster’s parents?
A: Mummy and Deady

 

Q: How can you tell a vampire likes baseball?
A: At night he always turn into a bat!!

 

Q: What did the skeleton say to the vampire?
A: You suck

7 Weird Thanksgiving Facts

By: Allan Guo

  1. The first Thanksgiving was originally 3 days.
  2. In 2012, 254 million turkeys were raised in the United States.
  3. Turkey was the first meal eaten on the Moon.
  4. Ben Franklin originally proclaimed that the turkey be the national bird of the United States.
  5. Only 88% of people eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  6. Turducken is a chicken in a duck in a turkey eaten on Thanksgiving.
  7. Americans alone eat about 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.