Christmas Facts You May Not Know

By Charlotte Lira

‘Tis the season to be jolly and full of knowledge. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and with that there is no room to be a Scrooge. To brighten your spirits for the Holiday season here are 13 facts about Christmas you may not know!

  1. Christmas’ December 25th calendar date replaced a Roman Pagan holiday called Saturnalia after the Roman Empire converted to Christianity.
  2. Prince Albert – husband to Queen Victoria of Great Britain- started the Christmas tree tradition in the 1800s.
  3. Coca-Cola is responsible for much of Santa’s modern image
  4. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song
  5. Puritans who settled Boston in the 1600s made the celebration of  Christmas illegal (wow i’m glad its not anymore)
  6. Christmas decorating sends nearly 15,000 people to the ER every year due to electrical fire hazards and falling from ladders.
  7. Santa has his own zip code in Canada for kids to write letters to
  8. The term “X-mas” dates back to the 1500s, as “Christianity” was once spelled Xianity – a translation from the original Greek term.
  9. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans ship more than 15 billion parcels of mail
  10. About 90% of Americans celebrate Christmas
  11. Many Americans will spend nearly $1,000 on Christmas gifts
  12. Candy Canes got their start in Germany as gifts to children so they would be quiet during long church services
  13. The most popular Christmas song is All I Want For Christmas by none other than Mariah Carey

Valentine’s Day!

By Clayton Vincent

              Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually throughout the world on February 14th as a day of Love. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus. However, today the tradition of Valentine’s day has changed. Now, on Valentine’s day, lovers and friends exchange candy, flowers, and gifts between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. To make Valentine’s Day a successful one, you should show compassion to your loved ones. Events that you can do on Valentine’s Day in Woodlake or Visalia are going out to dinner, watching a movie, or even taking your date dancing.  Of all days out of the year, show your loved ones some love, especially on this special holiday.  Make someone feel special.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By: Michelle Raya

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”- Martin Luther King Jr. This year on January 15, 2018, and every year since the year 2000, Martin Luther King Day has honored the life of a beautiful soul and has been celebrated throughout the states on the third January of each year. He has been one of the few people that are recognized throughout America for his courageous acts to give people with color a voice after going unrecognized for many years. He has given hope to many people without a voice solely for the color of their skin. This day is the day to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King and to learn to pass his legacy in the years to come. To this day, Martin Luther King’s teaching and words continue to positively impact the world.


Fall Destinations

By: Vanessa Meza

Having trouble figuring out where to go on a chilly October night? Maybe just a place to hangout with friends? Lucky for you there are spooky places all around. Here are just a few that you can visit throughout this month to get your fill of spooky thrill:

Hobbs Grove- located in Sanger CA, come enjoy the haunted hayride, haunted house, and the haunted forest before October ends! A new attraction this year is “The Portal”, an interactive haunted house in which you, the victim, is given a laser gun to fend off evil fiends and make your way to safety. Visit soon as prices will grow as Halloween approaches.



Vossler Farms Corn Maze- located in Visalia CA, this is the 18th year that the corn maze has been open. Try finding all 12 checkpoints as you try to maneuver your way through the maze. If you’re feeling brave, you can try their Field of Screams attraction in which a ghoul guides you through a corn maze of your worst nightmares.

vossler farms

Horror Nights at Universal- located at Universal Studios, come and enjoy all the thrills of the normal Universal Studios, but this time with the added terror of infamous horror movie villains. Come and get your socks scared off and have a great time!


Fright Fest- Six Flags Magic Mountain, come to the park and hangout with the ghouls and zombies that roam the park. Try not to get eaten as you make your way to every roller coaster, as there are monsters at every turn.

six flags

Spring Break Recap

By: Juan Sandoval & Juan Macias


Spring Break,  a time where every student forgets about the responsibility of school. A time where the weather is warm and the beach is the place to go. Here are some amazing activities the Tigers did during break!


Nikole Kimble

“During Spring Break I did many amazing activities. I went to Disneyland with my good friend and it was a blast. Towards the end of break, I also went to the beach and I got sunburn, that was definitely the highlight of my break”.


Lauren Little

“I went to San Diego! I took the bus from Hanford to Los Angeles, and from Los Angeles, I took the  Amtrak (the train) to San Diego. I spent two nights with my cousin along with Julian, then we went kayaking in the ocean and swam with the sharks”.


Jakob Bischoff

“I went to London  and I hung out with my cousins. I saw many castles and Big Ben. This trip was definitely one for the books”.

Springing into Spring Break

By Misty Stevenson

With Spring break quickly approaching, students are getting excited to have a break from school. Let us check in with some students to see what their plans are:

What are your plans for Spring Break?

IMG_9086  Kassidy Hildebrand (Grade 9): “I am going to Huntington Beach with my friends, and I also plan to go off-roading in Death Valley.”

IMG_1215 Adin Ross (Grade 10): “I’m going to Santa Barbara. I’m going to go to the beach and see a Travis Scott concert, and it’s gonna be lit.”

FullSizeRender  Juan Sandoval (Grade 11): “My friends and I are going to Mexico.”

IMG_8637Shania Finney (Grade 12): “I may go to Universal Studios, but most importantly, I plan on doing a lot of sleeping.”4581_001-page-001 Arturo Garcia (Grade 12): “I’m going to be driving a lot and spending a lot of time in Bakersfield.”
As Spring Break is approaching, kids are getting restless for a break. Be safe everyone and have a good break!

You Forgot the “e”!

By Juan Macias
3.14159265…How did someone get those numbers? “What are those numbers,” one might ask? Those randomly ordered numbers are not so random, they are actually the solution to 22/7, imagesand they go on forever. They are the digits of Pi, π and were first discovered by an Ancient Greek Mathematician of Syracuse, who gave a close estimation of what Pi is today. Pi is widely mistaken to be another subject taught in school and appears to be useless when being used in a math class, but its use is major. Pi is used in careers that make our everyday lives, si240px-Prince-of-pimple and easy, such as astronomy, physics, engineering and architecture. Without any of those jobs, life today would be impossible. So why not celebrate it? Larry Shaw, a physicist, organized the first celebration of Pi March 14, of 1988, in San Francisco, but became national on the 22nd of July 2009. Well when is Pi day? The correct guess would be 3/14 or March 14, but Pix-wide-communityonce every century people can celebrate not only the first three numbers of Pi but the first five, March 14th of –15. So readers who didn’t celebrate it this year, you’ve always got a chance next year.

Love Doctor!

By Shania Finney

It is that time of the year again! Flowers, candy, teddy bears, hugs, and more is given out. Every year on February 14th, gifts are exchanged between loved ones and this is considered a well known day such as Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air!


The reason behind how and why Valentine’s Day was created is because of a man called Saint Valentine. Valentine was a priest who was known in the third Century in Rome and served time. During that time, the Emperor, Claudius II made a rule that men who are not married, or are in any relationship with a women, were the only people who were fit to serve in war. Valentine saw injustice in this, and decided to secretly marry young couples together anyways. Soon Valentine was discovered, and Claudius ordered for him to be put to death. There are many other murky stories to why Valentine’s was considered the iconic figure to starting Valentine’s Day, such as helping Christians escape the Roman prisons. Behind all these several reasons and stories, the main thing about them was that he was well known for being a sympathetic, heroic, romantic man. Many believe that Valentine’s Day is in remembrance of Valentine’s death and it lives on every single year on the 14th of February.

Christmas Day in Ukraine

By Valeriy Khimyuk

Many Ukrainians have a day off on Christmas Day, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is an annual public holiday across Ukraine and falls on January 7.


Christmas Day celebrates the day Jesus Christ, pictured above, was born.

Christmas for many Ukrainians is an important family holiday. When Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union, Christmas Day was not a public holiday, but Christmas traditions were not forgotten. After Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, Christmas Day was made a public holiday. Many Ukrainian Christmas traditions are based on pre-Christian Pagan customs. The Ukrainian Christmas festive days according to the Julian calendar, start on 6 January, Christmas Eve, and end on 19 January, “Jordan” or Epiphany.

Svyatyi Mykolai (Saint Nicholas) – Ukrainian Santa Claus?

The image of Svyatyi Mykolai as a person who brings the Christmas gifts for children, the feast of which is marked on 19 December. It is supposed, that children should find their Christmas gifts under their pillow on that morning.

Holy Evening – time for family celebrating.

Sviata Vecherya or “Holy Supper” is the central tradition of the Christmas Eve celebrations in Ukrainian homes. The dinner table sometimes has a few wisps of hay on the embroidered table cloth as a reminder of the manger in Bethlehem.

Kutia (sweet grain pudding) is traditionally served at the Ukrainian Christmas dinner table. It is often the first dish in the traditional twelve-dish Christmas Eve supper and is rarely served at other times of the year.


Koliadky (Caroling)

At the end of the Sviata Vechera the family often sings Ukrainian Christmas carols. In many communities the ancient Ukrainian tradition of caroling is carried on by groups of young people and members of organizations and churches calling at homes and collecting donations. The Ukrainian song “Shchedryk” became the basis for the world famous Christmas Carol, “Carol of the Bells”.  Another well-known carol is Boh predvičnyj narodivsja.

Didukh (Grandfather)

When the children see the first star in the eastern evening sky, the Sviata Vecherya may begin. In farming communities, the head of the household now brings in a sheaf of wheat called the didukh which represents the importance of the ancient and rich wheat crops of Ukraine, the staff of life through the centuries. Didukh means literally “grandfather spirit” so it symbolizes the family’s ancestors. In city homes a few stalks of golden wheat in a vase are often used to decorate the table.

Christmas Day is a public holiday across Ukraine, so many businesses, schools, universities and public offices are closed.

Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine observe the Christmas Day date from the Julian calendar, which is different from the more commonly used Georgian calendar. So, while Christmas is still on December 25 in the Julian calendar, it appears on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, up until 2100. After that, the Gregorian date for Orthodox Christmas will be January 8 in 2101.

My family also has it’s own traditions for Christmas, and this time of the year is my favourite time, because all our family gather together. I like the atmosphere of Christmas, and I will miss my family at this year’s’ Christmas.   

Best Christmas Memory


By Jordan Price & Mariza Murrietta

Christmas is a holiday of joy and happiness which creates many great memories!We asked six people what their best Christmas memory was! We hope to get some interesting stories!

Dylan Mills

Q: What was your best Christmas memory?

A: “ My most memorable Christmas was when my brother got a hover board and all the family thought it would be fun to ride, later my Dad found out it wasn’t so fun… He hopped on it and ran right into the the Christmas tree, knocked it over, and broke many ornaments!”


Lauren Little

Q: What was your best Christmas memory?

A: “The greatest Christmas was when Trinity, Julian, my brother, my parents and I went to the Christmas tree farm and my brother sang Glamorous and danced with the trees.”


Julian Duran

Q: What was your best Christmas memory?

A: “One year I went up to the snow with my dad, and we filled the bed of his truck with snow. We came back to town and made a big snowman in our front yard. Ten of our neighbors came to take a picture with it.”


Genesis Gonzalez

Q: What was your best Christmas memory?

A: “When I went to decorate my house; I went on top of the roof to fix the Christmas lights and my dad scared me in a Santa Claus suit! It had frightened me so much that I fell off the roof!”


Zadie Barns

Q: What was your best Christmas memory?

A: “I was forced to go Christmas caroling with my family, and ending up being the only person getting chased by three dogs.”


Jessica Sandoval

Q: What was your best Christmas memory?

A: “ I thought I was getting a puppy for Christmas, but when I opened it, there was a rat instead. I was very scared and did not know what to do!”


It’s now the season of Christmas, and I am sure that many people will make many memories with family and friends!