Isle of the Misfit Christmas Gifts

By Jamila Dawkins

It’s finally Christmas time, Lourdeans!  It’s the season when you don’t have to compromise comfort for style, or style for comfort, because everything is comfortable and comfortable things can be stylish! It’s the one season in which teenaged girls can swim in their sweaters and pull the shoe equivalent of fuzzy socks—Uggs—over their unpainted toes (Unpainted! Because the only time your feet make an appearance between November and February is during the brief moment when you take off one pair of fuzzy socks to replace them with another pair!) and still be appreciated by the fashion world. However, not all comfy staples of the winter season are treated with this joy and anticipation. In this time of giving and receiving, many people have a problem with the receiving—specifically, with the receiving of Christmas gifts such as socks and ugly sweaters.

Every 25th of December, the Christmas-celebrating world vibrates with the collective groan of those who rip open their red-and-green-wrapped presents to find socks. It’s a timeless tradition, and many of us perfect our “Oh wow, thank you so much Aunt Mary!” faces by age eight. However, I have never understood this ungrateful attitude towards socks. They may not be game consoles or Apple Music gift cards, but socks are undeniably more important. When January strikes and you’re forced to shovel the driveway every other weekend, will your Xbox keep your feet warm? When the house is freezing and your parent refuses to budge the thermostat even just one degree warmer, will you wrap your gift cards around your flash-frozen toes? No—you’ll tear off the paper tag, struggle with that plastic cord that goes through the sock toes and always rips the fabric, and pull those gift-socks over your ungrateful, shivering feet.

Similarly, ugly Christmas sweaters are a popular internal-groan-inducing Christmas present choice. But once again, those sweaters can be extremely warm and always serve as a great last resort on laundry day. Can they be itchy? Maybe. Are they pretty much restricted to one month of the year, and stuffed in the back of a drawer for the remaining eleven? Admittedly, yes. However, don’t tell me that when you put your ugly Christmas sweater on in December you don’t get an immediate dose of Christmas spirit.

In short, respect your clothing Christmas gifts, even if at first glance they seem like the bane of your existence. And next year, try to thank Aunt Mary for those socks with a real smile on your face.


The Perfect Christmas Cookies

By: Kaitlin LaRosa in creative collaboration with Geneva Ng

As the year comes to a close, we prepare to enter into the most wonderful time of the year— Christmas season. Most avid Christmas fanatics can agree that a successful Christmas celebration includes at least one of the following things: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, Christmas lights, or classic cut-out sugar cookies. While each family has their own unique recipe that has passed through the family for generations, I took it upon myself to go on the hunt to find the BEST Christmas sugar cookie recipe the internet has to offer. This is what happened.

First, I took to Google, searched through the thousands of options and settled on the most reliable source that came up for my sugar cookie request— allrecipes.com. Now that I had found a worthy recipe, it was time to put it to the test. This was the process.

STEP 1: Combine 3 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt into a bowl and sift.

Add butter and sugar

Add butter and sugar

STEP 2: Cream 1 ½ cups of white sugar and 1 cup of softened margarine together.

STEP 3:  Add 2 eggs, 1 egg at a time, and mix until light and fluffy. Then add 2     

              teaspoons of vanilla extract.

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STEP 4: Gradually blend in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated

Blend in dry ingredients

Blend in dry ingredients

STEP 5: Let dough sit in refrigerator for two hours.

Roll the dough evenly

Roll the dough evenly

STEP 6: On a clean floured surface, roll out chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness.

Use fun shapes to cut the dough

Use fun shapes to cut the dough

STEP 7: Cut out dough using cookie-cutters

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STEP 8: Place cookies on non-stick sheet and bake in the oven at a toasty four-hundred for

6-8 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.

Author’s Note: (In Justin Bieber’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!) [Duet with Mariah Carey]”, Justin adds a little something to the neoclassical Christmas hymn that you didn’t know you wanted. Here, the cookie represents Mariah and the sprinkles, Justin. Add the sprinkles wherever your soul feels they’re needed.)

STEP 9: Enjoy the delicious cookies you just had the joy of creating.

After much deliberation, and many a taste-testing, I can confidently say this is truly the best sugar cookie recipe the internet has to offer. To try the recipe out for yourself this Christmas season, you can find it at https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/10110/soft-christmas-cookies/.