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❄️ December 2020 ❄️

How to Create Winter Art 🖍

How to Create a Watercolor Snowy Surprise

How to Make Crystal Twigs By: Lev K.

Do you know how to make crystal twigs? Well it is very fun and all you need is some salt, water and a dry twig. It is a very fun activity and it’s easy to make, actually very easy. Usually it takes a long time, but at the end it looks cool and beautiful.


First you get some warm water.


Then you pour some salt in.


Then you stir it until it disappears.


Then you do it again and again until you can’t make all the salt dissolve.


After that, you find a dry twig that will fit in the bowl.


Next you put your twig in the water for about two days.


Take it out and let it dry.

How to Make a Snow Globe. By: James P. and Daniel R.

How to make a snow globe.

  1. Get a four inch jar.
  2. Find a photo or a waterproof toy.
  3. Get a glue gun and glue the toy to a bottle cap.
  4. Glue the bottle cap to the jar.
  5. Now add styrofoam balls.
  6. Tada!

How to Draw a Snowman in Winter By: Aceline J.

1. First, you have to draw a small circle. Then, under the small circle draw a medium sized circle. Next, draw a large circle under the medium sized circle. (This is the body of the snowman)

2. Now, you have to draw your eyes and nose in the small circle

3. Draw a cute hat.

4. If you want, you could draw a background.

5. Hang it up for all to see!

Family Traditions 💚

Hanukkah By: Arielle F.

During the holidays we sing songs and light candles. We also dance and dance around the table. We play games and earn chocolate gold. We bake and eat jelly donuts . We eat food fried in oil to symbolize the miracle of Hanukkah. We have 8 days to celebrate and those days are super fun.

My Family Tradition By: Zoey K.

My family tradition is St. Nicholas. You leave your shoe out and St. Nicholas brings candy and toys, and puts it in your shoe. I like to use my biggest shoe. It is a tradition from Germany. St. Nick comes a few weeks before Christmas. But I do celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah too.

Sugar Cookies By: Gabrielle M.

Over the winter my family and I make delicious sugar cookies. We make sprinkle cookies, chocolate chips and sugar powder. They taste delicious. Once when someone tried the cookies, they thought we bought them. Every year we try to make them more and more delicious. I hope we accomplish that goal.

Family Traditions By: Brianna C.

One of my favorite traditions is fixing the Christmas tree by hanging the ornaments and putting the lights around the Christmas tree.

Another tradition is that we make Christmas cookies and chocolate brownies with hot cocoa and marshmallows in it.

Another tradition is that we set the Christmas lights all around the roof and the house.

Every time when it is the night before Christmas I would set a clean white plate and chocolate chip cookies with some milk on the side. This is for Santa Claus.

My Family Hanukkah Traditions By: Hadley R.


When it is Hanukkah me and my family light the Menorah and play Dreidel. My brother and I open presents and we make latkes. My dad makes the best latkes ever and when we eat them I feel like I want to eat a thousand more. We also make donuts which are one of my favorites, but I like them chocolate and my family likes cinnamon-sugar and jelly. It is a Hanukkah tradition to celebrate with our family and friends.

IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!!! By: Shane S.

A really great event happens every winter. It's the SUPERBOWL!!!! All the teams in the AFC and NFC compete all season long to get a spot in the SUPERBOWL. Tons of fans watch and cheer for their favorite team to win. The winning team gets the VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY.

In the AFC, the Steelers and the Chiefs have the best record 11-1. In the NFC the Saints have the best record 10-2. I think the Chiefs and the Saints are going to play in the SUPERBOWL. The Chiefs have the best coach, Andy Reid. They also have the strongest offense, defense and special teams. I predict the Chiefs will win the SUPERBOWL with a score of 31-24 and they will be holding the VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY.

Family Traditions on Christmas By: Phyllis P.

My family and I have so many cool and fun traditions that I have to tell you about. The first tradition is decorating the house with lots and lots of cool stuff like, snow globes, paper snowflakes, wreaths, and more. Another family tradition is putting our stocking by the fireplace and drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate and telling riddles and jokes.

Christmas Eve is my brother’s birthday. Family comes over and we put the angel on the top of the tree and light it up.


Every year my siblings and I go down into the basement and play games because Christmas is my mom’s birthday and my parents like to sleep in a little later. So, we make my mom and dad breakfast after we play.


Later on Christmas Day just our family goes across the street and celebrates with my grandparents. Then when we are done playing and eating dinner and desert, we open our presents together and we all stay up all night watching christmas movies and horror movies.


This year we will add one more treat… a new baby was born into our extended family and so in the Greek tradition, we will drizzle sugar in the shape of a cross on the baby’s head.


I’m so excited to celebrate Christmas!

Are you?

Hanukkah with the Helmans By: Dylan H.

Our holiday tradition is to celebrate Hanukkah as a family with our cousins. However, Corona is here, so we will celebrate over Zoom. Hanukkah is 8 nights. We light a candle on the menorah every night. Unless we get a really big present like a PS5, we would get a present every night. The candles are on a menorah. My mom and dad allow us to light the candles. We eat delicious latkas and donuts. We spin the dreidel, and whoever wins gets chocolate coins. I am good at spinning the dreidel.

Cookie Recipes 🍪

Mrs. Gambuzza's Italian Christmas Cookies

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Italian Christmas Cookies are soft, buttery, fluffy and melt in your mouth delicious. Flavored with a hint of vanilla and a sweet glaze, these tasty treats are a perfect holiday treat. Take them to your next cookie exchange, party or just for fun occasion!


INGREDIENTS


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract



Almond Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Christmas sprinkles for topping




INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until fluffy with the paddle attachment. Add in the ricotta cheese and eggs and mix until incorporated.


  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and powder. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and beat together until combined.


  3. Scoop the dough into teaspoons and roll into a ball. Drop on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just set. Remove onto a wire rack to let cool.



To make the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until you get the desired consistency. I like to dip the top of the cookies in the glaze and let them set on parchment paper. Sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles immediately.


Schindle S’mores By: Benjamin S.

Ingredients:

1 box Golden Graham Cereal

1 Bag Mini Marshmallows

1 Bag of Baking Chocolates

*For the Holiday You can Use Green & Red Baking Chocolates for Christmas and Blue & White Baking Chocolates for Hanukkah*

Directions:

Melt Chocolates: 3 Minutes in Microwave Dish

Cover Cookie Tray with Tin Foil

Spray Tin Foil with Pam

Mix ¾ of Box of Cereal with Melted Chocolate (One Color at a time )

Then Add About ½ Bag of Mini Marshmallows

Spread the Mix out onto the Foil- Make it Flat but not with too much space in between

Put in the Fridge for 15-20 minutes

Take it out of the Fridge and let it sit out for 5 minutes

Peel off Tin Foil

Put Smores back on Cookie Tray

Cut into Pieces & Serve

Ms. Pisano's Almond Joy Holiday Cookies

Ingredients:


1 14 oz bag sweetened coconut flakes

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup chopped lightly salted almonds

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk


Instructions:


Preheat the oven to 325F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and sweetened condensed milk.

Stir until combined.

Scoop out dough with a cookie scoop onto the prepared baking sheet.

Moisten the tips of your fingers with water and shape into discs. Pat the tops flat.

Bake cookies for 12 to 14 minutes or until tips of coconut are just starting to turn golden brown.

Let cool and then enjoy!!!!!

Classic Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies By: Logan W.

Ingredients

1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Additional granulated sugar

About 36 Hershey's Kisses Brand milk chocolates, unwrapped



Steps

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder until dough forms.


2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. On ungreased cookie sheets, place about 2 inches apart.


3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately press 1 milk chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.

https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-peanut-butter-blossom-cookies/a3563f6e-96b0-443f-ae0a-53cef4be6db6

OREO MUD CAKE RECIPE By: Julian L.

Ingredients

  • 4 OREOS

  • ¼ CUP MILK

  • 1 TBSP SUGAR

  • 1 TBSP FLOUR

  • ½ TSP BAKING POWDER

  • 1 TSP COCOA POWDER

Directions

  1. SMASH 4 OREOS WITH THE MILK

  2. STIR ALL THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER

  3. SINK 1 OREO BELOW THE MIXTURE

  4. MICROWAVE FOR 1 MINUTE

Chocolate Chip Cookies By: Jake M.



Ingredients

  • cookie mix

  • full stick of melted butter

  • one egg


Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients

  2. Make balls with the dough

  3. Place dough balls on a greased cookie sheet

  4. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees

  5. Then set a timer for about 20 to 23 minutes

  6. Finally when the timer beeps, take it out of the oven. Let it sit close to a window to cool off.

  7. Enjoy!

Other Festive Snack Ideas ❄⛄

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Popcorn Snowballs

Sweet, crunchy and gooey popcorn snowballs are a delicious snack and make great party favors or holiday treats! ❄


Prep time:

15 mins


Cook time:

5 mins


Total time:

20 mins


Yield: 12


Ingredients

  • ½ c. popcorn kernels
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 5 c. mini marshmallows
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. M&Ms
  • sprinkles or peanuts (optional)



Directions:

  1. Place a heavy bottom dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and popcorn and stir the kernels so that they are evenly coated. When the oil becomes hot and sizzles, add the sugar. Shake the pot or pan until the first few kernels pop. Place the lid on top and continue gently shaking back and forth while the remaining kernels pop. Once the popcorn stops, remove from heat and place into a large mixing bowl to cool.
  2. Next, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and add the salt and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour over the popcorn and coat evenly. Add M&Ms, sprinkles or nuts.
  4. Cover your hands with a light layer butter or coconut oil. Form the popcorn mixture into 3" balls. Set them on a piece of wax (or parchment) paper to cool completely, about 30 minutes.



Notes

-Substitute butter for coconut oil (and omit chocolate candies) to make this recipe dairy-free.

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Christmas Tree Brownies

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 35 mins

Total: 55 mins


Servings:12 servings


Brownies are a favorite chocolate treat, especially with a glass of cold milk. They're also simple to make from scratch. Sure, you can use a store-bought brownie mix for these Christmas trees, but once you see how easy the recipe is—not to mention how much better it tastes—you might forgo the mix from now on.


Because these brownies are baked flat in a large pan, they can be cut out into different fun shapes, including Christmas Trees. The simple triangles are decorated with green frosting, sprinkles, and a pretzel rod to mimic the tree trunk. They are fun Christmas treats to make with kids and are guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of your holiday guests.


Ingredients


For the Brownies:


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Decorations:


  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Decorative holiday sprinkles
  • M & Ms
  • 12 pretzel sticks


Steps to Make It:


  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F


  2. Butter and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan or line with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Be sure to leave a 2-inch overhang on at least two sides to make the brownie easy to remove from the pan.


  3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.


  4. Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring frequently. Let cool slightly and stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.


  5. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. Let the brownies cool completely before removing from the pan and use the foil or parchment overhang to help lift them out.


  6. Make two horizontal slices across the brownie, then make diagonal cuts to create the triangular tree shapes.


  7. In a small bowl, stir together the vanilla frosting and green food coloring. Start with about 5 drops of green food coloring, stir, and see if you like the shade or if you want to add a few more drops to get a deeper green color.


  8. Spoon the colored frosting into a disposable piping bag and slip off the tip. You can also use a regular kitchen zip-top plastic bag. Squeeze the frosting in a zig-zag pattern over each brownie tree.


  9. Insert a pretzel stick into the widest part of each tree to create the trunk and then top with your favorite holiday sprinkles.


Tips:


  • Although homemade from-scratch brownies taste best, you can use a boxed mix to save time and effort.
  • Pour different kinds of colorful sprinkles into individual bowls and let the kids decide how to decorate their brownie trees.

Winter Artwork 🎨

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By: Jillian L.

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By: Leo

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By: Roan C.

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By: Ilaria B.

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By: Caleb K.

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By: Benny K.

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By: Arianna G.

December-Themed Jokes 🤣

Jokes By: Gianni D.

What do you call a mouse in a cage?

A mouse in prison


What do you get when you cross a vampire and a

snowman?

Frostbite


What is brown, hairy and wears sunglasses?

A coconut on vacation.


What is a witch's favorite subject in school?

Spelling.


What kind of tree fits in your palm?

A palm tree.


Why was the baby strawberry crying?

Because her parents were in a jam


How do you talk to a giant?

Use big words.

What do you call a snowman in August? ☃️

A Puddle

Here are 8 Winter Jokes By: Jonah G.

Why shouldn't a snowman be angry?

They will have a melt down.


Why did summer split up with winter?

They had a fall.

How do you applaud with a jazzy snowman?

A cold snap.

What do you call an airplane that lands on snow? a

A jet ski.

Why was the holiday sweatshirt is sooooooo ugly?

Santa put it on the naughty list.

What is the difference between hanukkah and a dragon?

One lasts eight nights one is in brave fights.

What did the candles say when the menorah complained of getting too hot?

Whoa a talking menorah!

Knock, knock. “Who's there?” Snow day! "Snow day who?” It's snow day to go to school.

What falls in the winter, but never gets hurt? 🌧

Snow

December Themed Jokes By: Gavin J.

Why did the kids stay inside?

Because the cold was snow joke!


What is ice’s favorite movie?

Frozen!


What do you call it when a snowman throws a temper tantrum?

A meltdown!


What is a snowman's favorite snack?

Ice krispy treats!


What are snowmen babies called?

Chill-dren!


What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

Frostbite!


What’s a snowman’s favorite drink?

Iced tea!


Why are mountains always cold in the winter?

Because they have snow caps!


What is the best breakfast cereal to eat in the winter time?

Frosted flakes!


Where do snowmen like to dance?

At a snow ball!


How is the christmas alphabet different from the normal alphabet?

It has Noel!

Holiday Poems 🎁

My Christmas Poem By: Lillian Z.

I’m filled with joy.

My mom is jolly.

The tree is glowing with ornaments , tinsel’ , bows

Don’t forget the candy canes, let's go.

I smell the hot chocolate in the kitchen.

It’s getting late let’s watch a movie.

Time to go to bed or else Santa won't come.

Here is a Super Funny Song that We Sing By: Arielle F.

Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel I made it out of clay and when I tried to spin it just laughed span away . Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel I made it out of gum and when I tried to spin in it stuck right to my thumb.Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel I made it out air and when i tried to spin it it was not there.

Santa By: Zoey K.

Santa here. Santa there.

Santa flying around everywhere.

Here he comes.

Here he goes for all the children around the world.

Down the chimney down he goes to give gifts but then he goes.

Winter is Here By: Brianna S.

There are winds blowing round and the leaves on the ground will soon disappear. It’s that time of year, winter is here.

The birds will leave and start their journey south. You can go outside and see the cold coming out of your mouth.

Jack Frost will come soon so stay bundled up tight. Sip hot chocolate and keep warm all through the night.

The cold weather is coming around this time of year. Winter yes winter oh winter is here.

How to Spread Good Cheer 😊

31 Ways to Spread Good Cheer 💌

  1. Find out how you can volunteer in your community.
  2. Ask how you can help out around the house.
  3. Tell a joke.
  4. Introduce yourself to someone new.
  5. Give a compliment.
  6. Say thank you to at least one person everyday.
  7. Teach someone something new.
  8. If you see someone sitting alone, sit next to them.
  9. Clean your room.
  10. Donate clothes that don't fit you anymore.
  11. Ask the people in your house if they'd like to try what you are eating.
  12. Think of ways to raise money for charity.
  13. Laugh hard-- It's contagious!
  14. Help clean the table after dinner.
  15. Hold the door for someone.
  16. Make a card for a person you care about.
  17. Show your family how to use the mood meter.
  18. Ask to help shovel when it snows outside.
  19. Forgive someone if they apologize.
  20. Say sorry if you did something wrong.
  21. Ask the people around you how they are doing.
  22. Bake a treat for someone.
  23. Let someone else win a game.
  24. Be a good role model by being kind to yourself and others.
  25. If you hear someone being mean to someone else, stand up for that person.
  26. Greet everyone you pass in the hallway.
  27. Call someone on the phone or over video chat.
  28. Listen.
  29. Write something inspirational on a post-it, and leave it for someone to read.
  30. If you see someone having a hard time, offer to help.
  31. Smile!

And some more...

1. Send holiday cards to those serving in the military.

Through the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, kids can "Give Something That Means Something" by sending cards to active service members, veterans and their families. Unlike in previous years, there's no national Holiday Mail for Heroes Post Office Box to send cards to. Instead, the Red Cross is using community-based events for making, signing, sorting and delivering cards to fellow members of the community. Contact your local chapter for information on participating.


2. Help furry friends by making homemade dog biscuits or toys for shelter dogs.

For treats, try a seasonal variety, such as Rachael Ray's "Pupkin" dog treats, which require only four ingredients and 40 minutes. Toys can be made simply by braiding socks (new ones!) or T-shirts.


3. Show children how to share their love of sports.

Young athletes outgrow equipment quickly. Have your kids gather up their old but still usable gear and donate it to an organization such as Sports Gift, which collects and distributes used equipment to kids in need throughout the world.


4. Teach your child the importance of earning and giving.

Assign your kids chores, pay them a small amount and tell them that half of their earnings will go to the charity of their choice, even if it's not one you would choose.


5. Help a child rediscover the lost art of letter writing.

Sending a handwritten note to someone in need of a pick-me-up beats email every time.


6. Play some games.

Check out Games for Change or Free Rice, which donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program for every correct answer given on their online quizzes.

Favorite Holiday Movie Reviews 🍿

Godmothered : A Movie Review by: Ashley



This is such a fun movie. Eleanor is a "fairy godmother in training" and needs to help someone find true love before it's too late for her and the other godmothers to keep on working. They are in danger of closing because nobody seems to need or want a fairy godmother anymore. Eleanor sets out on her own to find Mackenzie, because of a letter she wrote when she was 10. The only thing is she's in her 30s or 40s now and Eleanor has no idea until they meet! The adventures and fun that happen from there should keep you smiling and laughing throughout the whole movie. Godmothered is a great new Disney + production. I really liked it and I think that you're going to like it too!

Watch Jingle Jangle: A Movie Review By: Maya D. and Lev. K.


My favorite movie is Jingle Jangle. It’s about a toy maker who has a wife and a daughter. He makes a magic toy. The magic toy talks and allows people to fly. There is Jingle Jangle’s apprentice who steals his book of inventions. The movie is about how the book of inventions is returned.

When I watched it, I thought it was amazing. I hope you can watch it too.


Happy Holidays!

Pictures of your Gingerbread Creations 🏠

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By: Joey A.

We are thankful for our "paw-some" staff! 🥰

Looking for something fun, festive and safe to do this holiday season...Try Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam in Valhalla, New York!!! It's a drive through light show and it's happening now until January 3rd!!! ❄

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Please contact us at woodglenpawpress@gmail.com for more information about how to submit a piece in next month's issue. 🐾

Published by: Ms. Jackson, Ms. Ober, and Ms. Imperial 📓

⛄Happy Holidays and a Happy, Happy New Year to all!!! ❄