holidays

The past of the Titanic Day

This is the Titanic on the water, before it sank.

This is the Titanic on the water, before it sank.

The Titanic was a ship that hit an iceberg. I think we should honor and remember the Titanic because it had two layers on the bottom and most ships only had one, but it sank anyway on its first try. The Titanic had four smokestacks. The one at the end was fake, just to improve the look of the ship.

The Titanic hit the iceberg like this: one of the lookouts saw the iceberg, and yelled “Iceberg!” The ship tried to turn but it scraped the edge of the iceberg. A few minutes later, the ship started to fill with water. Then eventually, the ship sank.

Only some people survived. Some people survived by getting on lifeboats as fast as they could. What is amazing about it is that it sank in the middle of the ocean, and lots of people rowed back to land for almost two days, with no food and no water.

The Titanic began sinking overnight on April 14 and into the morning on April 15, 1912. We should celebrate this day on April 14th and 15th every year.  We all go to West Hartford Center and sing in a circle, songs about history. We drink tea and wear hats. We eat chicken, eggs, fish, pudding, and pastry foods which was what they ate on the Titanic. The end.

-Edie Kitzman

Giving back, when your mind and bank account are depleted

My invented holiday is “Pave-the-Way Wednesday”. It happens every year, on the Wednesday after “Give-back Tuesday”, “Cyber Monday”, “Shop Small Saturday”, and “Black Friday”. Luckily, this holiday doesn't require you to spend any money, which is a relief because you most likely don’t have any left given all the previous days of extreme cash depletion.

By Wednesday, you’re burnt-out on shopping, online marketing campaigns, people, holiday music and life. Also, you probably feel a little guilty for caving into all of that marketing/commercialization bull-crap.

Send them a tweet, a text, a card, an e-mail or perhaps even a phone call if you have that kind of energy left.

“Pave-the-Way Wednesday” is about reaching out to someone who helped you get to where you are today. You can send them a tweet, a text, a card, an e-mail or perhaps even a phone call if you have that kind of energy left. Let them know you appreciate them, and how they’ve helped you. Keep it simple.

Lastly, reach out to someone that you can help. A younger cousin, a struggling neighbor, anyone. You don’t need to help that on that day, just let them know that you care about them and can assist in some small way in the future.

You won’t have spent any money (aside from a postage stamp, perhaps) and you’ll have all that positive energy, lost on the previous days, come right back to you just in time to carry through the remainder of the holiday season.

Shopping in Brooklyn is fun, but thanking people is actually fulfilling.

Shopping in Brooklyn is fun, but thanking people is actually fulfilling.

-Ashley Rigby