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December Baby

by Conner on December 16, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Well, that’s it. The Fall Semester is officially over. I had a few difficult finals and a rough week (39 hour all-nighter included), but what’s done is done. Now it’s time to celebrate!

The month of December is one that is celebratory for everyone every year, but for myself especially. December brings winter break, Christmas, holiday festivities, my birthday, and my roommate’s birthday! What more fun could a girl ask for? This year both my roommate and I are turning the big 2-1, and are having a joint birthday celebration to celebrate. We’re going all out with invitations, a cake, and an “End of Prohibition” theme.

With the celebration of winter break is the art of relaxation, or a little more sleep and a little less stress. I’m hoping to have some quality “me” time before the spring semester begins. I plan on getting a pedicure, shopping, going to the zoo, and seeing Christmas lights. I’m spending most of winter break at school working, so it will be my first official December in St. Louis. I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

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Our Christmas break is coming! For me, the meaningful of Christmas is love, joy, blessings, and happiness. I’m wishing that all my blog readers and your family have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas from Penny!


Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers.

A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped with cookie batter baked in a cupcake wrapper.  The brownies are best prepared “fudge” style and the cookies are best prepared as chocolate chip cookies.

Red Hots are simply sugar cookies topped with red hot candies.  My grandmother loved red hot candies so her cookies were basically 80% red hot candies and 20% cookie whereas mine are usually the opposite.

Smuckers are a wonderful cookie!  They are like mini pies!  And so delicious!  This is something that my family has been making each year since long before I was even thought of.  The cookie is more of a cream cheese based cookie, I guess it could be a sugar cookie but the cream cheese gives it a nice tart base to the sweet Smucker’s preservatives inside.  There is one base cookie where you dollop a small amount of Smucker’s preserves (we prefer Strawberry) then an egg sealer and top it will another cookie.  This creates a wonderful little pie.

These are our family cookies, what types of baking traditions does your family have?


Alumni Posts


by Alumni Posts on December 10, 2013

in Extracurricular

This week, I was going to talk about finals and give you guys some of my best tips on how to master them.  I was going to say that it’s better to study a little every day instead of cramming, to organize your notes into main ideas, to highlight main concepts, to give your brain a break every once in a while, to read to yourself aloud so you can both see and hear the information…

But then we had two snow days.  And I’ve been Christmas shopping and watching movies and thinking about sledding.  And, honestly, I’m sick of school by now.  So instead of thinking about how I should be studying, I am going to ask you about your holiday traditions.  In my family, we don’t have very many traditions.  We celebrate Christmas, but because my parents are divorced, we trade off Christmas Eve and Christmas between the two of them.  Every other year we are in a different place, and we haven’t established many traditions ourselves.

We do have one tradition that is fairly regular each year.  The weekend after Christmas, usually around New Year’s Eve, my brothers, mom, stepdad and I drive up to the far edge of Iowa to visit my mother’s side of the family.  We stay at my grandparents’ farmhouse once we arrive (after eight long hours in the car) and my aunts, uncles and cousins arrive the next day.  My grandparents live near a tiny town in western Iowa; the town consists of a hardware store, a Casey’s gas station, and a local restaurant.

Needless to say, there isn’t much to do there but visit with family.   When I was little, my cousins and I would play while the grown-ups talked about how their lives had been for the past year.  We’d sneak into the huge upstairs coat closet and play school or house.  With several older cousins, I always had to be the baby or student; I remember being given stickers for completing fabricated homework sheets.  I also remember stomping into the living room because I was tired of those homework sheets.  Once, I was allowed to play truth or dare with my older girl cousins.  While I felt accepted and important for being permitted to participate, my five-year-old life wasn’t romantic enough to provide much interest.

Although we are older now, our traditions are still about spending time together.  We eat a Christmas dinner together and open presents, like most people do.  Instead of buying gifts for everyone (and becoming very broke) we have a gift exchange. Typically, this includes a game involving choosing presents and stealing them from each other.  We also play card games together.  Or, I watch everyone play card games, keeping a close eye on my grandpa (a major cheater).  My attention span is not long enough to last through a game of cards, but I still like to be with everyone.

Even though I have a few traditions for the holidays, we are always with family.  I am grateful that I have people to go home to and be with for Christmas; not everyone has that luxury.   Making special traditions is something I look forward to doing with my future family.  Do you have any favorite traditions in your family?


Snow!! Wished I had classes.

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

On Friday Fontbonne was closed due to the snow we had on Thrusday night.  While most of the Fontbonne students went back to sleep after receiving the cancellation notice.  I was up and awake at 5:30 am in order to go to my internship.  By 6:30 am I was eating my breakfast.  I decided to […]

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Holiday Traditions

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

I have always found the Holidays very stressful!  At first it was because my mom, dad, sister and I lived out of state so instead of a time of relaxing and celebration we were baking, packing, traveling, and living from a suitcase.  It was never relaxing or fun.  Now that we are back in-state, the […]

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12 Hours of Christmas

by Alumni Posts December 4, 2013

For the Fontbonne community, yesterday was a fun day. The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities hosted an event called the 12 hours of Christmas. This event consisted of 12 hours of fun filled activities. It began at 9 am with the Christmas Coffee House where Owen Pye sang Christmas Carols and there were […]

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12 Hours of Christmas

by Carlyn December 4, 2013

Since it’s after Thanksgiving, it’s time to officially start celebrating Christmas. Fontbonne did so by hosting 12 Hours of Christmas. All of campus is decorated inside and out to get in the spirit. This was a day full of fun holiday events. The lineup of each hour is as follows. 9 a.m. – Coffee house: […]

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It’s the Holiday Season

by Conner November 25, 2013

It’s that time of year again. We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving, a month from Christmas, then my birthday, and New Year’s! With these holidays come breaks from school, or times I usually think to be associated with relaxation and a lot less stress. I have a feeling this year will be different. […]

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One Month

by Alumni Posts November 15, 2013

We basically have a month until exams are over, thereby indicating the end of the fall 2013 semester and the beginning of Christmas break. What’s weird is that Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year, was just over two weeks ago! Earlier today, my mom and I went shopping at Gravois Bluffs, a nice complex […]

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