Whether you celebrate Kwanza, Hanukah, Christmas, or something else, it’s finally the holiday season! 2021 is basically over, and we have some exciting posts lined up for you!

Cooking column:

Looking for the perfect delicious yet unique recipe? Look no further, for we have found the recipe for you!

Chocolate Peppermint Swiss Roll by Pandachef

Entertainment column:

We are certainly getting into the holiday spirit, for we have a “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” movie review for you!

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” | Movie Review by idk

Gaming column:

Out of the many, many video games, there are some incredible ones that we think deserve sequels!

The BEST Video Games that Deserve Sequels by Rishab Jain

Art column:

Learn about Cubism, a revolutionary way of representing reality in the early 1900s with some artists whose names you are sure to recognize!

Cubism by kreativekavya

We also are announcing the winner of our Story Contest. Congratulations to Fruit Dragon for winning our Winter writing competition! You can find the story below:

It was a cold, chilly night, the kind of cold where I felt it to the bone. There were snowflakes falling all around me, as I walked from factory to factory, carrying toys here and there for Santa. Suddenly, I heard a bell ring, three times, and that only can mean one thing; there’s an emergency somewhere in Santa’s workshop!

Shivering, I slung my sack of toys over my shoulder and darted into the nearest workshop: the Paint Workshop. When the warmth of the workshop washed over me, I sighed in relief, then dropped my sack by the door and ran to the control room.

In the control room, a red light was flashing on the desktop. I quickly shut down the alarm in the Paint Workshop, then navigated to the home screen. A bright red alert popped up:

Gift Machine in the Paint Workshop Clogged. Need Elf to Do Routine Maintenance.

Relieved that it wasn’t anything more serious, I immediately turned to the service door and opened it, then opened the hatch in the closet-sized room. From here on out, the machine was going to be fairly dark, so I grabbed a lantern from a hanger. Then I swung myself onto the ladder and descended.

Once I reached the bottom, I switched on the lantern, and spied a door leading to the Gift Machine Maintenance map. I opened the door into a well-lit room, the light spilling into the dark hallway. The map was lit up on the opposite wall, a red dot a few tunnels away indicating the clog. I recorded the information in my mind, and shut the door quietly.

At a fast clip, I turned down several tunnels and saw the blockage: a conveyor belt was stuck with several gifts piled up. I pulled the gifts off the conveyor, and one by one put them back on as the conveyor started up again.

When all the gifts were gone, I heard a loud clapping noise up above. Confused, I shined my light on the rungs of a ladder disappearing into a hole in the ceiling. I grabbed the first rung, and hauled myself up.

Once at the top, I pushed open a hatch and hauled myself through. I closed the hatch behind me and quietly opened up the maintenance door into a dark room.

Suddenly, the lights flicked on and a loud shout made me jump so high I nearly touched the ceiling.

“Happy birthday, Elvira!”

I took in the dozen elves surrounding a cake, and in the corner stood Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. “You remembered!”

Ginger, my best friend, stepped forward. “Of course we would, Elvira!” She clasped a hand on her chest, doing her best to act indignant. “You didn’t think we’d forgotten, did you?”

“I kind of did. Nobody wished me until now, after all. Also, how’d you know I’d be here?”

Santa raised his hand sheepishly. “The malfunction was kind of… staged?”

I shook my head, a wide grin splitting my face. “Well, I can’t thank you enough!”

“Of course you can!” Ginger said, reaching forward and grabbing my wrist. “Just eat the cake and have fun with us!” She dragged me forward.

Laughing, I took a plate as Mrs. Claus sliced into the cake.

Let us know in the comments if we should host another writing competition!

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue. See you next year!

Happy Holidays,

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