The concept of giving is emphasized a lot throughout the holidays, yet often there is an idea of giving with the expectation of receiving something in return. One of the most life-altering lessons that I have ever learned was how to prioritize blessing others and expect nothing in return.
The stickers that adorned each box of cinnamon rolls that we shared during the holidays to bless others, changed designs on a yearly basis – courtesy of my mom and aunt’s world-renowned graphic design skills. In this one from 2017, they went for a festive polka dot combination. Photo by Lori Tippett
The winter weather is a great time to get together with family and friends to pop in your favorite Christmas movie. With so many holiday movies to choose from, the Christmas classic “Elf” is a must-watch for sure. Additionally, there are many other Christmas movies that are at the top of the MBU community’s favorites.
Watching Christmas movies is always a fun activity to do over the holidays. “Elf” is a great movie to consider this season if you are looking for a silly, comedic and heart-warming movie. The original 2003 motion picture “Elf” was created into a musical in 2010 by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. I acquired this “Elf” the musical snow globe after seeing the performance in December of 2017 with my dad. This snow globe is special to me because not only do I collect them but it is adorned in “Elf” my favorite Christmas movie of all time. Photo by Jessica Kunkel
With winter fast approaching and the air becoming crisper, jingle bells whisper in the wind as vibrant red and green colors begin to appear, meaning it must be getting close to Christmas time. This holiday season, MBU has put on a variety of activities and events throughout December leading up to Christmas break. Students had a blast participating in all the fun activities. Students who are a part of MBU’s Opinion Writing class also shared their favorite winter season foods as they look forward to spending time with friends and family during Christmas.
Every Christmas season, MBU’s Hanging of the Green takes place on the Quad. Each attendee is given a candle, which signifies the light of Jesus being born into the world and serves as a reminder for members of the MBU community to continue to “shine on” during the holidays as we are always reminded of the light of God that shines through us each day. All photos by Jessica Kunkel
Although Arcane and She-Hulk differ in style and tone, they both aim to portray their respective female leads as strong characters worthy of audiences’ attention spans. However, Arcane accomplishes this task while She-Hulk fails, and the defining reason is found within the portrayal of their main characters.
She-Hulk (left) and Vi (right) are two strong female characters who are elevated in different ways within their respective shows. “Arcane” is on Netflix, while “She-Hulk” airs on Disney Plus. Photos courtesy of Marvel Studios and Riot Games
Music is my favorite way to break writer’s block, and my high school creative writing class is a testament to that with “Strangers” by Mt. Joy being the inspiration behind the protagonist of my short story.
High school represents a time when teens are trying to figure out who they are and what they want to be, and the creatures on Mt. Joy’s 2020 album “Rearrange Us” portray that through unique and strange designs. Creature designs by Steve Girard; Graphic created by Isabel Rinkenberger