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Christmas consists of many different traditions, especially putting up a Christmas tree.

There is no ‘War on Christmas’

By Parker Otto | December 18, 2021

With the holiday season upon us, there are many annual traditions Americans take part in. But one that is worthy of scorn is a bunch of egotistic schmucks proclaiming the existence of a war on Christmas. The idea behind this is that Christmas is being...

Festive events bring the holiday spirit to DeKalb

Festive events bring the holiday spirit to DeKalb

By Jacob Roushia | December 17, 2019

DeKalb - Organizations including NIU’s Supportive Professional Staff Council, the Egyptian Theatre and The DeKalb Public Library will host festive events throughout December.Supportive Professional Staff CouncilNIU’s Supportive Professional Staff...

A Charlie Brown Christmas will come to life in DeKalb

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will come to life in DeKalb

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | December 12, 2019

The classic cartoon plays on popular networks throughout the holiday season, up until Christmas, but this year “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is coming to life  7:30p.m. on Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St. Oftentimes around the holidays,...

Classic ballet comes to life at Egyptian Theatre

By Chris Plumery | December 8, 2019

DeKALB — The Egyptian Theatre was full of people of all ages who came to watch Beth Fowler’s Dance Company perform “The Nutcracker.” The performance of the Tchaikovsky ballet was shown 7 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.The...

At 1 p.m. Dec. 1, the 50th Country Music show will take place to benefit Toys for Tots at Taylor Street Plaza, 507 E. Taylor St.

Upcoming country music show to benefit Toys for Tots

By Jacob Roushia | November 24, 2019

DeKalb - The 50th Country Music Show and Toys for Tots, hosted by Gary Mullis, will take place on Dec 1. The event will involve donating toys, eating cake and listening to music. The show will start at 1 p.m. at the Taylor Street Plaza, 507 E. Taylor...

That time I… asked a girl out for the first time

By Hunter Weston | October 14, 2019

The first time I went out of my way to ask a girl out formally was my junior year of high school. My junior year was both my best and worst year of high school. My brother, who had always been at my side, had just moved in with my dad, and I was left...

Government shut down shows the presidents true priorities

Government shut down shows the president’s true priorities

By Ali Qazi | January 6, 2019

"I would build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me—and I'll build them very inexpensively; I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall," Donald Trump said in 2015 during...

‘Baby It’s Cold Outisde’ is not a song about rape

By Lisa Lillianstrom | December 17, 2018

“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” the 1944 holiday classic by Frank Loesser, never seemed to be a problem for listeners until recently when radio stations started banning the song because it was deemed controversial even though the song, which has since...

Visit a Christkindlmarket this holiday season

By Sarah Fischer | December 14, 2018

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we all have our own traditions practiced throughout the holiday season. Visiting Christkindlmarkets during the holidays is a wonderful way to learn about the ways Christmas is celebrated in other cultures, but it...

Knitting DIY: Winter Hat

By Sarah Lalond | December 14, 2018

Brace your friends against the cold DeKalb winter by crafting a cute, homemade Christmas present with a knit hat. Grab Your ToolsKnit hats are typically made with bigger, chunky stitches. Choose a skein that needs at least a nine mm needle.Walmart has...

Festive on a Budget: Christmas Holiday Table

By Sarah Lalond | December 12, 2018

There is a light at the end of the long tunnel of the semester. Exams are wrapping up, final papers are being drafted and break is almost here! Celebrate the end of the year by throwing a chic holiday bash on a budget.Sarah LaLond/Northern StarFor inexpensive...

Kurt Russell’s Santa Claus Come to Town in ‘The Christmas Chronicles’

By Sarah Lalond | December 11, 2018

Santa Claus, played by Kurt Russell, comes to town in the Netflix Original holiday movie “The Christmas Chronicles.”The movie features siblings Teddy and Kate Pierce, played by Judah Lewis and Darby Camp respectively, as they sneakily catch a ride...