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By Anna Gibbs | ag836912@ohiou.edu | @annachristine38

With the Bobcats playing a bowl game Monday, many frazzled holiday shoppers are looking for quick and easy ways to cheer them on.

Sarah Lukemire, a blogger for Miss Candiquick, is sharing some of her do-it-yourself treat ideas for the upcoming game. Lukemire has been blogging about treats for almost four years

“I first made the chocolate-dipped football strawberries about two years ago and expanded from there,” Lukemire said in an email

Lukemire’s Ohio University football style treats include chocolate covered strawberries decorated to look like a football, football cake pops, cake balls with green and white frosting, football-style small snacks to add into Chex mix, and many other sporty snacks.

All of these OU and football themed treats are on Lukemire’s blog at blog.candiquik.com.

 

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl

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Anyone who knows me knows it’s no surprise when I say that I love musicals. If my large abundance of musical theater t-shirts doesn’t show it, then you know because I never stop talking about the soundtracks buzzing in my head or of my favorite Broadway peeps who I may or may not be obsessed with.

This season is my favorite of all and it’s not just because it’s the holiday time but also because it’s the holidays and the holiday musicals are in season. Sure, we all know the classic Christmas songs, such as “Here Comes Santa Claus” or “Frosty the Snowman,” but what about “Christmas Bells” from Rent or “We Need a Little Christmas” from Mame? “We Need a Little Christmas” has actually made its way onto the long list of Christmas classics but even “Christmas Bells” puts me in the holiday mood. Who doesn’t love a many-part harmony between one of the best original Broadway casts ever? Plus they make Rudolph the reindeer antlers with their middle fingers. It’s just great.

Even better than the one song within a musical, there are a few musicals and even more musical movies that are great to listen to and watch this holiday season. So in no particular order, here are the Christmas musicals you should look for on Broadway and in stores in DVD form.

1. Elf the Musical
Elf is quite possibly the best modern holiday film. Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf is hilarious, heart warming and spectacular. We were introduced to the best diet of all time and now know what Santa is not supposed to smell like — beef and cheese! So combine my love of this film with musicals and you have a surefire hit. The musical adaptation ran on Broadway in the 2010-11 and 2012-13 Christmas seasons. Can there really be anything better than a musical adaptation of a comedy hit?

2. A Christmas Story: The Musical
Another musical adaptation of a Christmas classic. You won’t be able to stop tapping your toe to “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” and laughing as Ralphie speeds his way through “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun.” This adaptation stems from the minds of composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a duo who I claim to be the best composing minds of the 21st century.

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
You can’t talk about Christmas and Broadway and not talk about the Rockettes and the Christmas Spectacular. It is celebrating its 80th birthday this year since the spectacular Spectacular began way back in 1933. Featuring dozens of incredibly talented dancers and extremely lavish sets, the Christmas Spectacular is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Watching the Rockettes for only a few minutes, you’re instantly captivated by their stunning precision and talent, so I can only assume that a 90-minute revue has to be unbelievable. If you’re in New York this holiday season, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be at Radio City Music Hall. I’d be there every year if I could.

4. Meet Me In St. Louis
Technically, this isn’t a holiday film, however it does consist of one of the best Christmas songs this world will ever know. And I’m not just saying that because Judy Garland sang it. OK, maybe I am. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is hands down one of my favorite Christmas ballads and knowing that Garland originated it makes me love it a million times more. Plus, this film is just fantastic in and of itself so meet me at the fair and pick up a copy today!

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What can be better than a film that is perfect for two holidays? Nothing. Especially when it’s the all time classic that is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The songs are magical, the animation is awe striking and the storyline is the epitome of creative genius. “This is Halloween” is perfect to get you in the mood for the frightful holiday. “What’s This?” is a perfect song to make you feel as if you’re experiencing Christmas for the very first time each time you listen to it. You should already be in love with this film so you all know what I’m talking about.

6. White Christmas
Though Holiday Inn had Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” first, you can’t beat the classic White Christmas. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, can you even dream up a better singing and dancing team? “White Christmas” will forever go down as one of the best Christmas songs in the world — and this is popular opinion, not just because I love Crosby — plus we have great comedy from Kaye all around and the “Sisters” act which is pure gold. It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a marathon of White Christmas.

Welcome back Whos! Hope you haven’t exhausted yourselves trimming trees and turkeys and other trim-able things. I’m excited to announce that I have gotten zero preparation for the holiday ready, and here’s why: I can’t stand shopping during the holidays.

Sitting in a queue waiting to get out of the Target parking lot today, I reflected on this. The holidays tend to inspire a Hunger Games-esque feeling in shoppers this time of year. Everybody is only looking out for themselves, hunting down their purchases with reckless abandon, which can lead to terrifying conditions in stores.

My mother told me a tale of two people getting in a physical altercation over a parking space today. Fa la la la la, la la la laaaa.

But really, this is the problem. Going out shopping when the malls are decorated with pretty lights and finding the perfect gift for someone in your life should be a fun experience. But unfortunately, Christmas spirit in regards to shopping is road rage in parking-lot traffic and waiting for an hour to make your purchases, all while surrounded by the exhausted and the not-so-merry.

So for now, visiting my favorite stores to find gifts elicits this reaction:

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Looks like online shopping for me (but I’ll have to shell out for express shipping. Bah humbug.)

By William Hoffman | @Wilbur_Hoffman | wh092010@ohio.edu

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Can you hear it? Sleigh bells and carolers abound as we ramp up the Christmas season with an oversaturation of Christmas songs. Yes, it’s some people’s worst nightmare but Christmas songs don’t have to be nails on a chalkboard if you have the right selections. So while your families are bickering over end of the year congressional budgets or who’s doing the dishes after the family meal, sneak off and pop some of these tunes in and celebrate the holidays the right way.

Barenaked Ladies: Barenaked For The Holidays — This is my all time favorite Christmas album. It plays non stop in my house while I’m helping my mom in the kitchen or opening presents Christmas morning. The musicality and of these talented artists really comes out with wacky arrangements and pitchperfect harmonies. It’s a poppy upbeat album in a genre of often slow and repetitive music. The best song is “Elf’s Lament,” which humorously chronicles the plight of elfs working for Santa under bad conditions, forming a union and going on strike. The album even has a number of Hanukkah songs so no one feels out of place at your ornament party.

Frank Sinatra: Christmas Songs by Sinatra — You know Frank Sinatra, he’s that guy that totally ripped off Michael Buble. These are just classic Sinatra arrangements that have become iconic for its use in numerous holiday movies and shows. His crooning voice sounds like it was recorded around a fireplace and makes for the perfect setting for any Christmas event.

Donny Hathaway: “This Christmas” — I fell in love with this song early in High School when our jazz band played it for the yearly holiday concert. It has a lot of soul and that bass grooves like no other holiday song out there. There are a lot of good versions (Chris Brown’s is not one of them) but nothing beats the original.

Lady Antebellum: On This Winter’s Night — Last year one of the brightest and most talented country bands today, Lady Antebellum, put out a great classic Christmas album. It may seem like an oxymoron to have a southern country band singing about the snow covered streets, but it is easily overlooked. There’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary on this album but it sticks to those traditional holiday tropes and makes it work well.

Bob Dylan: Christmas In The Heart — Okay this might be more for a good laugh than a serious suggestion. However, if you’ve never heard it before I highly recommend a listen. That gritty smokers voice just screams holiday cheer as Dylan struggles to hit those high notes scratching and wailing all the way. But if you’ve always wanted a religious inspired followup to his 70’s gospel records, then this is the album for you.

Various artists: Holidays Rule — This collection album features a ton of well known modern and time-honored artists such as Fun., Paul McCartney, Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Calexico, The Civil Wars and many more. It’s a good way to feature the contemporary musicians without having to put out a full CD with 90 percent crap and one good single. And with so many artists featured just about anyone will find someone they like on there.

By Anjelica Oswald | @thisisjelli | ao007510@ohio.edu

Our resident Grinch is back highlighting why Christmas isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But I feel like we need to add some balance to this and try to get her heart to grow three sizes today. Just call me the resident Cindy Lou Who.

I’m all for the holiday season and the traditions that come with it. Regardless of beliefs or holiday celebrations, the winter season has always been filled with happiness for me. From family get-togethers to decorating the house to making delicious feasts, these memories are some of the best I’ve had. I struggle to get in a bad mood from Halloween until Christmas (aside from the whole finals week in college thing. That always brings me down). I’ve made a list of my top 6 reasons for why I think Christmas time is the best time, but trust me, the list can go on.

1. Music and movies, oh my

One of the greatest parts of the holiday season is the amount of cheerful music and movies that precedes it. I’m the type of person that plays Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and I can’t say I’m sorry about it. The music always makes me happy, it makes me want to dance around, and it brings great memories back. In many places around the world, the time after Halloween is Christmas season because they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, so my habit isn’t the worst thing in the world. As for the movies, there are plenty of Christmas classics to watch every year and comedies that can make my side ache. There are also quite a few amazing movies that come out on Christmas (not at all Christmas related), and I can look forward to that.

2. Christmas trees. I love everything about Christmas trees, and not the fake ones you can buy from your nearest Wal-Mart. My whole life, we have had nothing but the real deal in our house. My dad has this old jeep from WWII, and each winter, we would ride out into our woods and cut our own pine tree down. These days, we go down the street and buy one from a local farmer, but the picking is the same. Once we get the tree up and trimmed, it’s time for decorating, and I love going through and placing ornaments around the tree, as well as lights and pearls. Okay, so I’m going to lump the whole decorating for the holidays under the tree section. Decorating everything makes me happy. My dad brings out the old ceramic tree he made when he was a teen, we bring out the Mexican ornaments my grandma sewed herself, we lay out the cabin my great-great-grandfather built—each decoration has a story and history, and it comes out once a year.

3. Food. Everything is peppermint, and the world is good. I have pumpkin everything to get me through fall, and the holiday season brings peppermint to the world. Have you ever had Mexican hot chocolate? Have some if you want to taste wonder. Ham, eggnog, gingerbread, everything but the fruit cake.

4.Time off. Finals are done, breaks are given. This time has always meant relaxation, and who doesn’t love relaxation? It’s a chance to take a breath and take it easy.

5. Christmas sweaters. All hail the glory of ugly Christmas sweaters. Whether they are covered in snow men or elves, glittery or painted, woven or knit, the ugly Christmas sweater is a sight to behold. You don’t need a party as an excuse to wear them either, most of those suckers are comfortable for daily wear.

6. Family time and traditions. That’s it. Christmas always been about spending time with the family. For starters, Christmas Eve is my dad’s birthday, so we always have that day reserved for him. We have great food and all watch a movie together. When we were younger, we left cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer before heading to bed. I discovered the truth about Santa at the age of three because I asked why Santa had the same handwriting as my dad…..so the cookies and milk soon transitioned to cookies and beer, because why not? Regardless, it’s a tradition we like to keep with. We would also write Santa thank-you notes, because it’s always great to be polite. The next morning is Christmas morning, and the day starts with the stocking. Once we open that, my dad cooks breakfast (and always cinnamon rolls). Once we finish eating, only then are we allowed to open presents. In the meantime, Looney Tunes is playing all morning long. The rest of the day is meant for relaxation and enjoying the new gifts, watching the new movies and trying on the new clothes. Nothing beats these traditions, not even growing up. You can’t ever be too old for Christmas.

Even the Grinch learned to love Christmas.

By Emily Bamforth | @EmilyMBamforth | eb104010@ohio.edu

Hey there, Whos! It’s within five days of Christmas, so it’s a perfect time for me to come in and bring down some pre-Christmas highs.

For those who don’t know me, I’m The Post’s resident Grinch (newspapers all have to have one… diversity). I’m the one who whines when the Athens streets are assaulted with Christmas carols and glares when stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

However, for this first post, I want to remind you I’m not alone! Here are some of my partners-in-crime in hating the holiday season.

Ebenezer Scrooge

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Scrooge was with me in hating Christmas until ghosts decided to stage an intervention. Cold-hearted, tight-fisted and rocking a mighty fine top hat (even in duck form), Scrooge was the glorious character who coined the “Bah, Humbug” phrase. Gotta love it.

 

Oscar the Grouch

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Oscar was always my favorite Sesame Street character and became even more so after he sung the merry tune “I Hate Christmas.” Even though he’s trapped in a trash can, that doesn’t prevent him from halting Christmas celebrations, even leaving his receptacle in a Muppet holiday special to mess up a pile of presents… a fuzzy monster after my own heart.

 

Grumpy Cat

I mentioned the Grumpy Cat Christmas memes last year, but they’re just too good to not bring back. So here’s one:

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Jack Skellington

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Let’s not forget that the bony protagonist tried to ruin Christmas and replace it with Halloween festivities (The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorites.) With his catchy tunes and talent for throwing awesome Halloween festivities, I was rooting for Jack to succeed the entire time.

 

The Grinch (the man himself)

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Or whatever species he is. Although his plan to throw off Christmas failed, he is a role model for all us Grinches out there. And although I would never try to steal Christmas, let’s not ignore the gumption and cunning required to pull off the operation. The Grinch is a pretty smart cookie, and I appreciate his efforts.

 

Look out for my posts throughout the next few days and try not to get crushed in holiday shopping crowds (more on that later.)

By Anna Gibbs | @annachristine38 | ag836912@ohio.edu

7193929456_0692d7381d_bWith it being the holiday season one dilemma is bound to come up: what kind of treats will be made for this year? You can never go wrong with cookies. One of the most popular cookie ideas, and the one most likely to melt your heart, is the melted snowman cookie.

In order to make these cookies you will need any type of cookie dough that you prefer, regular size marshmallows, white icing and various colors of gel icing.

First, bake your favorite type of cookie. Then, once they have cooled, you are ready to add the white icing. Spread the white icing so that the entire cookie is covered, spreading the icing thinner makes it have a more realistic appeal.

After icing your cookies put your marshmallows in the microwave for about five to ten seconds. After your marshmallows look slightly melted place them on your iced cookies.

Once the marshmallows are placed on your cookies, you can begin the fun, and sometimes aggravating, decorating process. Decorate your marshmallow to resemble how you think a snowman should look like with your gel icing.

These cookies are very simple to make and should be fun to do for the non-perfectionist. Whether these cookies are for Santa Clause, friends and family or just for you, enjoy these adorable, unique treats because just like actual snowmen, they’ll be gone before you know.

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