Wonders of Winter

Written by  Sera Sajeev (Grade 12)

The hot summer days are over and it’s the start of winter. The greenery will soon be gone and our backyards will be filled with bundles of snow!! The cold Iced-Caps turn into nice warm hot chocolates. With the snow we are able to do a variety of fun activities like skiing, sledding, or even snowboarding. We can also have fun with our friends and families in our own backyard through the creation of an awesome snowman!! Or even through a snow fight!! Are you scared of the snow? Then you must be Chionophobic. There are also a few celebrations or festivals that take place during this season. We have Christmas, the Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. We have New Year, which is the beginning of a calendar year. And also the Chinese New Year, which is the Chinese festival marking the start of the New Year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.

Here are some facts about this season:

• The tallest snowman was 113 feet 7 inches tall.

• The largest snowflake recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records fell in Montana and was 15 wide.

• The coldest temperature ever recorded in the world was -128 degrees Celsius, in Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983. (That’s freezing cold!!)

• We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Did you know a scientist took 400,000 to prove it?

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About J.V. Tomas

| Pray | Love | Study | Travel | Adventure | Blog | Photography | That's JV's life! Juliver Tomas completed his final year as a full International Baccalaureate student at McNally High School this year (2014). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the official student publication of his previous school, Dorganda High School, back in the Philippines. However, they used "Filipino" as the main medium of their publication that is why expect grammatical errors or "carabao English" on this blog (He is improving his vocab tho). He was also the Editor-in-chief of the school magazine of McNally High School - the McNally Tiger Magazine. He attended various press conferences and competitions. He won the Journalist of the Year award at their school and was the Valedictorian of his class (Class of 2012). He is looking forward to be a Doctor someday and is planning to take a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta next fall. He is currently a World Vision Ambassador and a part of the Red Cross Youth Leaders (RCYL) in Edmonton. He is really engaged in any activities. He loves Sciences, Journalism and Social Justice/Human Rights. He believes in the saying that "Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork"

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