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International students form family bonds away from home for holidays

Susan Du, City Editor
December 10
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

For Northwestern international students separated from their families by continental distances for most of the school year, the holidays can represent an opportunity for a long-overdue reunion. But for those bypassing a return home this season due to budget constraints, these times can also present a...

Northwestern-themed gift ideas provide options for everyone on your list

Chelsea Sherlock, Reporter
December 10
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

Once you finish that last final and head back home, there won't be that many days left to find a gift for your entire family. Luckily, shopping can be pretty easy if you just get everyone Northwestern-themed gifts. Here are some picks for everyone in your family and your friends. For a young child ...

Meet the parents: How to introduce yourself to your significant other’s family

Sammy Caiola, Reporter
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

The holidays are a time for family — a time for love, community, tradition and memories. So, if you’re a significant other being brought into the clan for the first time, it’s easy to feel out of place. But never fear: I’ve got some tried and true advice on how to make a smash impression when...

All Morty wants for Christmas is bowl win, BLT

Tom Meyer, Development Editor
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

As the holidays approach, Northwestern students are busy avoiding finals by demanding expensive items from their parents. As part of his effort to reach out to the student body, University President Morton Schapiro has also probably spent the last few weeks compiling his holiday gift list. Since...

Rapada: Make attainable resolutions for New Year

Manuel Rapada, Assistant City Editor
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

After we prove the 2012 conspiracy theorists wrong and share some good times and food with our family and friends, let the countdown to 2013 begin. Say whatever you want about the “New Year,” sappy metaphors included, but plenty of people take time to reflect on the past year, think about what...

Break offers time for friends, family and catching up on the TV you haven’t watched for three months

Joseph Diebold, Forum Editor
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

We're all familiar with the phenomenon. You finally finish that last Friday final, grab your suitcases as fast as possible, say goodbye to your roommate who you don’t like that much anyway but will miss in that weird love-hate kind of way and hop in a cab to Midway for your flight home, excited...

Caruba: Peppermint mocha key to holiday spirit

Lauren Caruba, Assistant Campus Editor
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

Last month, as the weather turned brisker and the first of November approached, I anxiously awaited for the Starbucks cups to turn red in anticipation of my favorite seasonal drink. Everyone has a preference when it comes to holiday coffee beverages. Some like a little eggnog with their coffee, wh...

Find the perfect holiday drink

Paulina Firozi, Campus Editor
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

Over Thanksgiving break, I had a conversation with a few friends about when exactly the "holiday season" begins. After Halloween? After Thanksgiving? Dec. 1? On Christmas Day or the first day of Hanukkah? Whatever holiday you observe, we can all agree corporate America brings out tinsel as soon as it's...

Letzter: There is no such thing as a holiday tree

Rafi Letzter, Assistant Photo Editor
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

Everything you think you know about Hanukkah is wrong. It is not at all like Christmas. Lumping them together under the banner of “The Holidays” is a mistake. As I understand it from an outsider’s perspective, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. Although of course for many secular...

6 easy ways to diffuse awkward conversations at family parties

Stephanie Haines, Reporter
December 6
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

It is a Hollywood myth that families reaffirm their love for each other during the holiday season. If you are at all a normal person, spending the holidays with your family should make you want to stick candy canes in your eyeballs or stick your head in a gas oven. Here are a few phrases that may...

Off to Jacksonville: Planning your trip to Gator Bowl

Josh Walfish, Gameday Editor
November 30
Filed under Holiday Guide 2012

So you're upset Northwestern isn't going to Orlando or Tampa for its bowl game and instead wound up in Jacksonville. I understand the frustration, but that doesn't mean you can't come down and support the Wildcats in the Gator Bowl. You're all, for the most part, college students, and even if you're...