Holiday Favorites

by Mae

The holidays are upon us; and that means everyone is getting into the spirit with their favorite holiday traditions.  One of my personal favorite things to kick off winter cheer is to use my “Peppermint Bark Lip Shine” from Philosophy.  It smells like deep peppermint with a touch of dark chocolate.

Swiss Miss Marshmallow Lover’s hot chocolate also gets me into the ho-ho-holidays.  It comes with so many marshmallows, one pouch can’t keep all the gooey goodness contained.  The mix comes in one packet, and marshmallows in another.  This is truly a delicious winter time drink.

My final holiday favorite is “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris.  It’s a book containing a collection of six Christmas themed short stories.  The story that had me laughing was”Christmas Means Giving. “  It’s about an extremely wealthy family who are the envy of the whole neighborhood until the Cottinghams roll into town.  The Cottinghams quickly try to one up their outrageously rich neighbors.  First it starts with little things like pre-Columbian sofa bed collections and 10,000 flip flops.  Eventually the two families get into a big fight about whose family Christmas card is the most meaningful.  Then, as you can guess, it becomes a race to see who can create a holiday card leaving their rich neighbors Oooooing and Awwwing at their family’s generosity.  I was giggling through the whole story, so over all Christmas Means Giving could not have been a more perfect ending to this short story collection.

I wish you and your friends and family a happy, healthy and safe holiday as well as a new year full of exciting opportunities and love.

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Four-Wheeler Riding

By Jesse F.

Picture by Jennifer Leigh

A favorite past time of mine is riding four-wheelers. I think that riding is a lot of fun, and it helps me calm down after a bad day. I first started riding when I was around seven years old. As time progressed I moved up to bigger, better, and faster machines.

My first four-wheeler was a little 125 Honda which contented me for a while but then I began to lose interest in it, so I looked for something faster. My next advancement was a 350 Fourtrax Honda, but just like my first four-wheeler I eventually needed something better because I have a need for speed. Recently, I was generously given a TRx 400ex for my birthday. So, on most days I can be seen riding around my yard just doing what I do.

Every Memorial Day my family and I go to my grandmother’s for our annual picnic. We always bring our four-wheelers because after we sleep out under the stars on the trampoline we wake up and spend the morning riding. Being out in the morning enables me to smell the fresh scents of nature and exhaust mixed together. I really enjoy four-wheeler riding. It is something that I don’t think I will ever lose my passion for.

Jesse F. is a Teen Advisory Board Member at the Mary S. Biesecker Public library.