The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

With packed assignment schedules all throughout the month of December, it can be draining for students to take tests right before a long break.

Tests before break: Yay or Nay?

By Ryan Weiner, Editor-in-Chief January 4, 2023

It’s 7:45 am on Dec 19. The bell ringing symbolizes the start of what many consider to be the longest four days of the school year, the week before Winter Break. While many students simply want to show...

A book is prepared to be wrapped to be given as a gift. This wrapping paper without plastic glitter or sparkles is more sustainable.

Sustainability tips for the Holidays

By Ananya Pandit, Assistant Features Editor December 21, 2022

From twinkling rooftop lights that set streets alight, to the shimmery wrapping paper that leaves little silver specks in unreachable crevices, part of the holiday season’s charm is its excess. The holiday...

Tis the season of gift giving! Here are some ideas for gifts to give your close friends and family.

Last minute gift guides for every person in your life

By Melissa Redlich, Features Editor December 17, 2022

As the holidays roll around the corner, gift-giving becomes more last-minute. What one had hoped to be a new fun product or sports equipment turned into a new pair of socks – sadly, the same brand and...

Santa and a stuffed bear look over the world in a jungle of beautiful leaves.

Proving the haters wrong: Santa is real

By Nate Levine, Promotions Manager December 9, 2022

Parents convince their children that Santa is the one who puts presents under the tree, and they are telling the truth, not the elaborate story many assume parents make. Some argue that Santa is fake...

A classic christmas tree surrounded by presents brings joy and excitement to the whole family, even the cat!

Happy Holidays!

By Austin Vinner, News Editor January 10, 2022

Imagine a crackling fire, glowing bright warm light shining throughout the house. A family is gathered early in the morning around a lush green tree, enrobed in decorative ornaments and lights. The excitement...

Lily Kriendler and her friends made cookies for the nonprofit organization Small Things Matter through their Kokua Foods Program.

Spread the holiday joy by helping the community

By Jordan Pashkoff, Arts Editor January 5, 2022

The holidays are a time to celebrate, relax, get together with family and friends, and most importantly, to give back to the community. Volunteering and making donations can largely impact the lives of...

At Bath and Body Works, the holiday display, located in the front of the store, presents customers with some of their most popular candles for the holiday season. Bath and Body Works offers a wide variety of scents to choose from during this time of the year.

The smell of the holidays: choosing the right candle

By Caroline Harless, Photo Manager December 2, 2021

Have you ever walked into Bath and Body Works and instantly became overwhelmed by the amount of products and scents they have to offer? Their candles and other bath products are enjoyed by many, but it...

A venn diagram lays out what sustainability is all about: the necessary intersections of people, profit and our planet. As the holiday season comes, consumers must account for the world’s current existential climate crisis and shop sustainably within the vast green market.

How to shop sustainably for the holidays

By Quinn Cook, News Editor December 11, 2020

With the holiday gift season now in full swing and a pandemic accelerating, consumers are more likely than ever ready to shop online within the safety of their own homes. Meanwhile, the climate crisis’...

Catherine Kutson attended Artechouse in early November. The Crystalline exhibit features many different blue themed rooms that all include interactive pieces of artwork as well as many different photo opportunities.

Safe activities for teens during COVID-19

By Ally Salzberg, Opinions Editor December 10, 2020

Although it is in our best interest to stay home as much as possible, it can be very detrimental for people’s mental health. This elongated period of social isolation can result in depression, anti-socialness...

Mr. Antonucci stands in his office holding his gift of a Peppa Pig and the soysauce while he is surrounded by the written cards all over the walls.

Unique gifts boosts teachers’ spirits

By Cherri Tung, Arts Editor January 5, 2020

Each year students struggle with finding the ideal gift for others. They browse the web and wander into stores at the mall in hopes of finding the perfect present whether it be for a friend or a teacher....

The movie poster from the classic Home Alone holiday movie draws viewers in. The movie is a fan favorite and a must see during the holiday season.

It’s time to movie into the holiday spirit

By Ela Jalil, Assistant News Editor December 27, 2019

Whether it be a human who thinks he is an elf, or two strangers that have to pretend they are a couple to trick their families for the holidays, Christmas movies never fail to entertain. For some families,...

 Yutnori is a Korean game where you hold 4 sticks and throw them, moving a piece on the “map”, depending on how your sticks land.

Different cultures welcome in holidays

By Victoria Park, Staff Writer February 5, 2019

What do crackling fireworks, bubbly champagne (or apple cider for the kids), a kiss at midnight, 2019 LED glasses, and 4 wooden sticks have in common? Most Americans recognize New Year’s as a time to...

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