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All I want for Christmas is Christmas Eve



You see, I’m a serious Christmas person. Like a listening-to-Christmas-music-in-September, Costco-pack-of-candy-canes, where’s-my-reversible-reindeer-sweater Christmas person.

I get an adrenaline rush when I catch a glimpse of the cheery red and white pattern of Starbucks holiday cups, and I force my dad to spend hours cruising around town looking for even a flicker of holiday lights.

However, Christmas Day? Kind of a letdown.

Imagine it’s Christmas Day. You wake up just as the sunrise streaks the sky, trampoline on your parents’ bed until they wake up, groggy and mumbling about “you crazy kids,” and sprint down the stairs, skipping the last one. After a race to the tree, you tear through every present in sight.

And then…

Post-Christmas letdown (a scientific term for that awful sinking feeling you get in the pit of your cookie-filled belly the minute you’ve unwrapped your last giftcard) sets in almost immediately. The cure has yet to be found.

Christmas Eve has all the fun.

You’re cocooned in the cloying sweet smell of baking cookies, the Beatles Christmas album has you rocking around the tree and you spend the entire day drenched in Christmas spirit.

Christmas Eve is the day I live for.

It’s like someone took all of the best moments of the Christmas season, froze them in time, and set them out on the kitchen table as a snowglobe.

Christmas Eve is when you give each one a shake.

Merry Christmas Eve to all, and to all a good night!

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Cadence Neenan, Web Managing Editor
By the age of 18, most kids have not yet chosen their favorite word. In fact, most teenagers have never even thought about such a question. Perhaps a few have been asked on a “Getting to Know You” sheet handed out by English teachers on the first day of school. But in that case, most probably just mindlessly scribbled words onto their sheets such as “literally,” or “totally,” or “dude.” Cadence Neenan ’15, on the other hand, has thought about this deeply. Her favorite word is “loquacious.” Neenan grew up in a home that fostered a love for all things English. With her mom as a former Staples High School English teacher and her dad as a librarian, Neenan was destined for a love affair with vocabulary, grammar, and reading. “My mom always used to read to me ever since I was little,” she said. “I love to read because I was raised to be a good reader.” In school, Neenan has opted to create a heavy course load that reflects her love of English and reading. AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Euro, and AP Gov are just a few of the difficult classes Neenan has chosen to take on. For Neenan, however, much of the learning and “fun with English” goes on outside the class material. “The other night, I was reading a poem during English class,” Neenan said. “I really liked it, so I brought it home and showed my mom. We spent the whole 45 minutes at dinner rhetorically analyzing it and talking about the devices the author used. It was so fun.” Alongside typical English classes, Neenan has also become a part of Inklings to exercise her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism, she fell in love with newspaper writing and, since then, has proven herself to be an essential Inklings player, as she is now the Web Managing Editor. “When I found out that I got Web Managing I had a panic attack because I was so happy,” Neenan said. “I like being a managing editor because I love the freedom the web gives me to be creative with my ideas.” Neenan also plans to use her journalism and writing skills in college and, later, in her career. “In college I want to study political science, but I am considering using that to go into journalism,” Neenan said. “Going into journalism with a focus on politics is what I am really interested in.”

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