The Daily Northwestern presents: Holiday Guide 2018

December 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Guide

Welcome to The Daily’s annual Holiday Guide! Pick up our print issue on newsstands or read it online.

Holiday Guide Stories:

International students talk about their favorite New Year’s traditions from abroad
With different cultures on campus, students talk about different ways they celebrate the new year. Read about international students’ experiences here.

As temperatures continue to drop, Evanston communities are working on providing emergency shelter for the homeless
With temperatures dropping below 20 Fahrenheit at night, Interfaith Action of Evanston has opened their shelters twice so far this year. In an effort to better serve the community, these emergency overnight shelters open when the temperature dips below 20 degrees, an increase from 15 degrees last year, executive director Sue Murphy said. Read about the steps Interfaith Action is taking to help Evanston’s homeless population here.

Northwestern Jewish organizations light ice sculpture menorah to kick off Hanukkah

Students and Evanston community members came together Sunday evening in the rain to carve and light an ice menorah and celebrate the first night of Hanukkah in front of Deering Library.

Brian Meng/Daily Senior Staffer
The ice menorah outside Deering Library.

Spiced coffee for the collegiate soul: pumpkin spice drinks to brighten up your holiday season
During December in Evanston, coffee shops are pushing new fangled holiday flavors onto their menus and decorating their storefronts with red and green shrubbery. Along with a good friend and a trusty cell phone voice memos app to record initial thoughts, a reporter sets out to find the three best pumpkin spice flavored drinks in Evanston that work on a student budget. Read the article here.

Self-care tips to beat the holiday blues
Whether you’re dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder or stressed over the demands of the holiday season, an easy first step to beating the holiday blues starts with you and self-care. Here are some tips to develop your own self-care ritual this holiday season to keep warm on cold nights.

Brussels sprouts are the best winter vegetable. Let me convince you.
They’re green, round and nearly ubiquitous at many holiday meals. Seemingly unassuming, they manage to divide the masses like none other. Yes, I am talking about the humble brussels sprout. And yes, I think they’re the best winter vegetable out there. And though I know many of you will disagree, let me tell you why I love this winter vegetable.

Gift-giving tips and cautionary tales:

A budget-friendly holiday gift guide from The Daily
Are you a college student on a tight budget? Looking for some bargain gift ideas that won’t break your bank? Here are eight tips on how to save money on while fulfilling your necessary gift-giving obligations this holiday break.

Students share stories about the worst presents they’ve ever received
With Christmas just around the corner, families around the world are getting ready for the season of hypercommercialism and over-spending on all holiday gifts. The perfect present can be tricky to nail, but some gifts are simply excusable. Here you’ll find a compiled list of some of the worst presents Northwestern students have ever received.

How to help victims of California wildfires this holiday season
Both the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire caused severe damage to Southern and Northern California respectively, with the Camp Fire now considered the most destructive in the state’s history. Here are organizations to donate to that assist those who have been affected by the wildfires during the holiday season.


A primer for the rest of ‘Survivor: David vs. Goliath’ this holiday season
You’re probably looking to catch up on the current season of “Survivor” over holiday break. As fans prepare to ring in the 38th iteration of the smash hit in just a few months, The Daily’s Fall Quarter managing editors reflect on “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” and provide an outlook on the show as the competition nears the end this holiday season.


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