It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Morgan M.
Staff Writer

Trimming the tree, wishing for snow; Christmas is coming, only a few more days to go. For many families, Black Friday marks the official beginning of Christmas time. One of many traditions for families during this time of year is shopping, but not knowing what to get for family members and friends is a constant struggle for some. Although clothes are nice, many children see clothes as a boring and predictable gift. Freshman Logan Cordner says, “Not that clothes are a bad gift for Christmas, but this year I’d like to get something different, like an iPad or even a Kindle.” Cordner’s Christmas wish list is typical of many: the desire for new electronic devices! One thing is for sure: there is something in the air that shouts Christmas.
One of the top gifts this season is the Xbox 360 with Kinect, which costs around $325 to $400 depending on the store; an Xbox 360 is the most recent gaming device which can allow players to play multiple games, talk to their opponents on Xbox Live and personalize their own console. With the Kinect, the player becomes the controller, which allows the user to let go of the old-fashioned, handheld battery controllers. Sophomore Brandon Doles says, “For a long time now I have wanted the Xbox 360, and now with the Kinect and how I can control what happens with my body makes me really want it for Christmas even more.” Some of the popular games for Xbox 360 are Halo 4, NBA 2K13, and Kinect Star Wars.
While the gamers may be excited about a new gaming system, most everyone would be thrilled to receive the new 3D LCD/LED television. In addition to the television, buyers will have to also purchase 3D glasses. As with all televisions, prices vary greatly for the new 3D tvs; however, there are many stores that sell the TVs and the glasses for a decent price. This special type of television allows the viewers to watch their favorite movies/television shows in 3D with a high-definition quality. In addition, there is no need to turn off the lights to see the screen clearer; with the features of the LED and LCD, it is easier for viewers to watch the television in brighter rooms. Sophomore Stafford Cook says “I love going to the movie theater and watching 3D movies, but now that I have a 3D TV, I can watch almost everything in 3D!” No need to go to the movie theaters anymore, as this is a gift that the whole family can enjoy, and it serves as a fabulous entertainment feature when friends come over.
A television in 3D definitely has some cool features, but few items compare to the much-desired iPhone 5. Even though there are other good phones out there, with no surprise, Apple has once again out-shined the rest with their newest iPhone. Some of the features to the new addition to the Apple family are the fact that the screen is much larger than the other iPhones. Also, the camera is 40% faster and has the feature of taking panoramic pictures. The 16GB iPhone 5 is around $199.99 with a two year contract. Sophomore Ivey Reynolds says, “I like my iPhone, but the best thing about the new iPhone is its size; it makes the screen larger, which is great!”
The camera on the iPhone 5 is good, but those interested in photography may prefer the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, a camera that boasts many remarkable features. This camera features a 12-megapixel resolution, 24mm lens with 5x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, and a host of automatic modes and video recording. This impressive camera can be found in many stores or on Amazon for about $249.
With many popular electronics on the market, not surprisingly, the most desired item for the holidays this year is an Apple iPad 2. The new Apple iPad is smart computing right in the controller’s hands: thinner, lighter, and full of ideas; plus, with 10 hours of constant use of battery backup, it gives laptops and netbooks a run for their money. Sophomore Coleman Lansdell says, “The best thing about the new iPad is the 10 hours of battery because even my laptop top does not last that long!”
Even though some people get caught up in gifts and lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season, people need to keep in mind that it is not always about the present, it is about the thought behind the gifts and the family traditions of the season. Mr. John Bell, WHS math teacher, says, “I do not necessarily care for getting presents on Christmas. I’d much rather give gifts to my grandchildren and watch their faces light up when they unwrap their presents. I find more joy in giving present than I do when I receive something.”
This time of year may become quite hectic for many people, especially when it comes to picking out the perfect gift. However, when it comes to teenagers, the gift giver is usually safe buying an electronic, which is sure to make most teens happy.


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