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Holiday Horoscopes: What Will the Holidays Bring?
Nevan Campos and Ariel Reyes

Aries (March 21 – April 19): You’ve been pretty bad this entire year. Expect a lump of coal in your stockings.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): This year might have been a struggle in the early months, but things are looking up now. You will either receive a huge cosmetics kit or a gift card to your favorite store.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): You’ve been both good and bad. You will get a huge batch of sweets, but you can’t have it all to yourself. Do something good and share it with a friend.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Your good nature will benefit you this holiday season. Someone will do a great act of kindness for you that will brighten up your day.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): A fiery attitude deserves a fiery gift! A secret admirer will leave a giant bag of Hot Cheetos at your doorstep.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sep. 22): Naughty! You will receive an album from your least favorite music artist.

Libra (Sep. 23 – Oct. 22): Karma catches up to the Libras this holiday season. If you’ve been good, you will have an amazing encounter with a crush! If you’ve been bad, your luck will deteriorate drastically and you’ll find yourself in a large amount of debt.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): Your birthday season just passed, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over! You will have a great trip with the people you hold dear.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): A huge amount of cash will come your way. Go all out and treat yourself, you deserve it!

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): The odds are in your favor. You will receive something you have been needing for a very long time, material or not.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18): Someone will mistake your quirkiness for just plain weirdness. You will receive an unironic gift of an ugly Christmas sweater.

Pisces (Feb.19 – Mar. 20): Everything seems to be falling into place for you. A sense of courage will come over you this winter. Using that courage will lead to great things.

3 Creepy Christmas Legends
Sonya Curiel

Oh the holidays! Such a beautiful time of year, especially Christmas, but what would be more beautiful than seeing the fear on misbehaving children´s faces? If you know a misbehaving child and want to scare them to make them behave themselves, then worry not for here are three creepy Christmas legends to tell:

April Cuarenta
Krampus of Germany

Krampus (Germany)– A movie based on this terrifying creature came out in 2015. The legend was mainly known in Germany, but spread around the world due to the popularity of the movie. Known as the Anti-Claus, he is half goat and half demon, bearing long horns, dark hair, a snake-like tongue and fangs. He comes with a sack, chains, bells and a bundle of birch sticks to hit naughty children with. He shows up in town on Dec. 6, known Krampus night (Krampusnacht) and St. Nicholas Day (Nikolaustag) to punish those children who are naughty. He would punish them by beating them with a bundle of birch sticks, torture, drag them to hell or would even eat them.

Frau Perchta (Austria) -There are many tales of Frau Perchta. Believed to be a half man-half woman god-like creation, she is seen as mostly a woman. She wasn’t very well known in Christmas folklore. She would wander around during the 12 days of Christmas to reward and punish children. She would reward good children by giving them a small silver coin and would punish the naughty ones by cutting open their stomach, taking out their insides and replacing them with straw and pebbles. She would sometimes send Struggle to do her punishments for her.

Le Père Fouettard (France)– Accompanying St. Nicolas, Le Père Fouettard is seen as a shaggy man with a long beard and a hooded robe. He doesn’t seem all that scary at first, but when you learn that he butchered three kids, you might change your mind. After hearing what he has done, St. Nicholas comes to resurrect the three children and as punishment he forces Fouettard to work for him for all eternity to punish the naughty children. Le Père Fouettard would punish children by leaving lumps of coal or by floggings (a type of punishment where they would be beaten with a whip, stick, etc.)

Nothing says Christmas like giving your child a nightmare just to straighten them up for the holidays!

Poll: Favorite Part of the Holidays
Piper Smith

The Venice High School Oarsman polled 100 students on what was their favorite part about the holidays.

Out of the 100 students, 34 in total voted for the Food, with No School in a close second with 30 votes.

Many people said that during the holidays, they loved to make or eat a beloved family recipe with the whole family.

There is nothing like your mother’s/aunt’s home cooked meal/food to bring the family together.

Desmond Andersen
Pie chart of the surveyed data.

Food: 34

No School: 30

Atmosphere: 14

Family: 13

Presents: 9

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