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Elizabeth Felchlin

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Winter is a season that has several unique holidays and celebrations that many people celebrate. No student is alike, though, and many have different family traditions. You may be familiar with Christmas where you open presents on Christmas morning that you found under the tree you previously decorated. But some other holidays, like Tet, aren’t as common.

Tet is the Vietnamese New Year, like with the American New Year on January 1st. It is like a time of ending and renewal. Unlike American New Year, Tet has a different date every year, because it follows the Lunar Calendar. The upcoming one will be on February 16, 2018, a Friday. It will be filled with events like burning fake money and giving out Red Envelopes, which also contain real money.

The majority of students at AdVenture celebrate Christmas, one of the most common holidays associated with winter time. But, collectively, the students celebrate many different holidays, such as: Chanukah (Hanukkah) and Tet. At the school, the students and staff are celebrating Christmas, because it is one of the most celebrated holidays during this time. But, there are also many other holidays that the students celebrate in their homes.

Chanukkah is directly translated to The Festival of Light”

— Eliana Stahl

A Jewish AdVenture student, Eliana Stahl, celebrates both Chanukkah and Christmas. She has given us the full story behind the Jewish holiday. It is about a time when the Jews were at war. A general, Judiah Macabee trained soldiers, who were called the Macabees, to fight. They managed to drive the invaders out, but their temples were damaged. There was only an oil lamp for light, and the oil would run out in two days time. But, they prayed to their G-d and the oil lasted eight days, which was how long it took for them to get more oil.

Though there are many different religions, holidays and family traditions, it is universally agreed that holidays are a time of celebrating, family, and joy. These traits may bring us apart, but that one similarity is so strong that it brings us together, making the holidays a happier time for everyone, even if you celebrate it differently.

About the Writer
Elizabeth Felchlin, Reporter
Elizabeth is currently a 13 year old student at AdVENTURE STEM whose favorite subjects are math and PE. She likes the AdVenture program because they use tech in all their classes (except for PE) and work in groups often. Working in groups helps Elizabeth form closer bonds with other classmates and get used to working...
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8 Responses to “Winter Holidays at AdVenture”

  1. Eli Stahl on January 17th, 2018 9:33 AM

    This is great! I love how you told the story of Hanukkah accurately, along with the description of Tet.

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  2. Angelina Ongolea on January 17th, 2018 9:41 AM

    I did not know that there was a holiday called Tet. Good Job

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  3. Logan Perry on January 17th, 2018 9:45 AM

    Great Article! I didn’t know that there was so many different holidays.

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  4. Izabelle Larson on January 17th, 2018 9:47 AM

    I like how you really go into detail, but what I would change is the structure because it is kind of confusing when you talk about the majority, then one specific holiday, and then the majority again.

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  5. Brandon Vincze on January 17th, 2018 9:49 AM

    Very good and informal. There is nothing to add and is is not too short or too long of a story.

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  6. Hannah Nguyen on January 17th, 2018 9:53 AM

    Great article! I liked how you expressed your feelings.

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  7. Ethan Garcia on January 17th, 2018 9:54 AM

    Very interesting.

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  8. Michael Wilkinson on January 17th, 2018 9:56 AM

    The article was great I like how you put a story about Hanukkah in the article.

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