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The Grinch is Right!

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

My favorite time of the year is approaching! Vibrant lights illuminate houses, Christmas songs play on the radio, ornaments adorn Christmas trees, and everything is covered with a blanket of fluffy white snow for the holiday season. People are busy planning festive celebrations. Children wait anxiously to open their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. Adults host Christmas parties and enjoy each other’s company. Stores stock their shelves and lure customers in to spend money on holiday bargains. In 2011, the American Research Group for StatiticBran.com concluded that Americans spent 52 billion dollars on holiday shopping!

I pause from all the commotion to ask, what is the true meaning of Christmas? If we take away the trees, presents, and food, what do we have left? One of my favorite Christmas quotes is from the book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. It reads, “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

The Grinch is right! To me, Christmas means so much more! The Christmas holiday is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. He is the reason for the season. Christmas should be filled with laughter, love, and family traditions. Each year, I spend Christmas with my family, and it doesn’t matter where we are or what we do as long as we are together. The memories we make are lasting treasures, and much better than anything you can wrap in a box.

One of my fondest memories of the Christmas season is a tradition we call “Snip Candy Making.” My family comes together before Christmas each year and spends a day making these special candy treats. Ingredients are boiled, and then snipped with scissors before they cool to a rock solid candy. Each batch is made of various colors and flavors. All ages join in the fun, whether cooking, snipping, or tasting. We each go home with a jar of mosaic colored hard candy to enjoy beyond the holiday season.

Amidst all the joyous celebration of the season, I realize there are many people who don’t have the gifts wrapped in boxes or the gifts of family. Some can’t afford toy .....
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Journal Writing Project - What’s a Championship? We’re from Minnesota!

By Cody Hendrickson

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Cody Hendrickson I am one of the biggest sports fanatics that you will find. I could watch/play them all day long. Whether it is cheering on all of Fillmore Central’s teams, watching College Game Day, or sitting on the couch watching NFL Sunda ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Dreamers

By Kristina Mengis

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kristina Mengis What if our Founding Fathers had given up on their fight for freedom? People wouldn’t have come here in search of the “American dream.” What if Martin Luther King Jr. hadn’t spoken the words “I have a dream…” on the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Music is a world of understanding

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kirsten Ruen A trip of a lifetime—No, a one-time kind of deal—Or, how about, a life changing experience. Whatever you want to call it, it was all but a waste of time! This summer, my European tour of seven beautiful countries was the best th ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Music stereotypes

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Erin Woods Teenagers often identify themselves with the type of music they listen to. I know I do. I am seventeen years old and it’s easier to hang out with someone who likes my music for more reasons than one. Remember those car rides with y ..... 
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Who’s better: Duke, Duke or Duke?

By Mike Walsh

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Journal Student Writing Project

Before I write for everyone here in the Journal I should probably tell everyone a little about myself. My name is Mike Walsh, the son of Andy and Maggie Walsh. I currently am a senior at Fillmore Central. I have one sister, Caitlyn, who is in ninth ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Discrimination

By Sam Stocker

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

I have recently come to understand something new. I really didn’t see it before, or maybe I always knew it, and I just chose to ignore it. Maybe everyone does. A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to judge FCCLA STAR events in Minneapol ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Moving On

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

May is finally here, prom season is in full swing, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Now my English teacher always tells me not to write about the cliché things people always say about graduation, but I just can’t help it, so here goes ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A startling epidemic

By Katie Wolter

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Recent studies have shown an increase of senioritis among area seniors. This non-fatal but crippling disease has been on the rise since the end of Christmas break. This disease is highly contagious, and outbreaks have been recorded throughout ..... 
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