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McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenrys ShamROCKs the Fox festival takes place this weekend over three days and includes a 5K, live music, food trucks, a parade and dying the Fox River green.

Annual ShamROCKS the Fox festival to be held at Miller Point

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

On March 17, 18 and 19, the annual ShamROCKS festival for St. Patrick’s Day is going to be held at Miller Point by the McHenry Riverwalk. The ShamROCKS Festival is and event that will that throughout...

Because of MCHSs student volunteers this holiday season, including those from Key Club and other service organizations, many children in the community will receive Christmas presents that might not have otherwise.

Santa’s helpers

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor December 22, 2022

Junior Kristin Anderson stands in front of Jewel Osco, ringing a bell in front of a Salvation Army donation kettle — a sign the holiday season has begun. She embraces the holiday spirit, knowing she’s...

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, released in  1989, is the perfect family film to watch this holiday season — and a classic in its own right.

Review: We’re gonna have the happiest Christmas

Preston Boysen, Staff Writer December 20, 2022

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a humorous throwback that’s perfect to watch with family and friends this holiday season. The movie stars big names such as Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo,...

Students participate in Ugly Holiday Weather Day on Dec. 9 during the last day of spirit week at the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Winter spirit week

Alexis Velazquez, Staff Writer December 11, 2021

As the holidays and end of the semester approach, the Student Council has created Winter Spirit Week to increase student and staff morale. During spirit week, each day has a corresponding theme for...

The holidays are usually a joyful time of year, they also can cause stress to people who dont celebrate, have lost family or that are struggling financially.

Opinion: We take the holidays too seriously

Beth Brackmann, Contributing Writer December 9, 2021

Someone walks into a store, just a few days into November and everything is already holiday related. They begin to feel an overbearing feeling of stress as they realise that the holidays are getting close....

Debris litters the street at a crime scene on Nov. 21 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more.

Five dead, 48 injured in holiday parade tragedy

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

WAUKESHA, WIS. — On Nov. 21, an annual holiday celebration turned deadly when a man drove his SUV through a parade, killing five and injuring more than forty.  Sunday evening, Darrell E. Brooks drove...

Popularized on the TV show Parks and Recreation, Galentines Day honors friendships between women more than romantic relationships and become an affirming alternative to Valentines Day.

A day for the girls

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

In a month characterized by sentimental Instagram posts, the corniest romance movies, and the loneliest of the lonely eating too many heart shaped chocolates, comes a holiday the ladies get to look forward...

Twas the Night is filled with crazy antics, a con artist santa claus, and terrible acting for all viewers to enjoy over winter break.

“Twas the Night”

December 17, 2020

“Twas the Night” is a hilariously bad holiday movie that originally aired on Disney Channel in December 2001. Directed by Nick Castle, who has led dozens of other productions including the 1991 classic...

Holiday recipes shouldnt be just for professionals, bloggers, or your crazy aunt who bakes a thousand cookies each December. These recipes are easy for bakers at every level.

Easy holiday recipes to celebrate the season

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 16, 2020

It’s the holiday season! With Christmas coming up quick people are excited to enjoy many festive activities. We all know the best part of any holiday is the treats, so here are four of my favorite easy...

Winter break during a global pandemic can only mean one thing: Down time. Here are twelve movies you can watch each day during break to keep yourself sane and happy during the holidays.

Groovy Movies: 12 days of movies

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 14, 2020

There may still be a global pandemic keeping us inside and cooped up, but that’s no reason to let it dampen our spirits! This list of 12 festive and fun movies will keep your spirits up this holiday...

Halloween vs Christmas op-ed

Point-counterpoint: Christmas in November

November 19, 2020

Every year one of the biggest debates comes around after Halloween: does Christmas start in November? Many people begin setting up Christmas decorations, listening to Christmas music, and drinking their...

Right as the Halloween decorations come down, it only makes sense to put up Christmas decorations. Why not make the most wonderful time of year a little longer?

Pro: The Christmas season begins November 1

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director November 19, 2020

Time to break out the Christmas Spotify playlist! What could be better than getting ready for the most wonderful time of year? When it’s November 1, Halloween is old news and it’s time to prepare. Some...

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