How Does Santa Come in Without a Chimney? — Christmas Traditions and Where They Came From

This holiday season, millions of American families will be partaking in their annual Christmas traditions. These traditions are passed down from generation to generation and their symbolism and purpose is often lost as the years pass. Here are three of the most common and ancient Christmas traditions that are hardly ever thought twice about. Continue reading “How Does Santa Come in Without a Chimney? — Christmas Traditions and Where They Came From”

Good Eats at Christmastime! Yum, Cornflake Cookies

cookies_7483c      Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Part of that is the fond memories I have of baking Christmas cookies with my mom and sisters every year. Many times we used family recipes that were passed down from my grandma.

This year I’d like to share a bit of that nostalgia with all of the readers of the Chieftain. Continue reading “Good Eats at Christmastime! Yum, Cornflake Cookies”

Thankful for Thanksgiving and so much more

Student Life packed the Hawk’s Nest for another successful – and delicious – Thanksgiving Feast. Hy-Vee catered the event, serving up turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and of course, pumpkin pie. Staff and faculty donated baskets for a silent auction that was held, with proceeds going to United Way. Students waiting in line had an opportunity to view items in the baskets, write down their bids, and hope, with a thankful heart, to be the highest bidder. Continue reading “Thankful for Thanksgiving and so much more”

A time to give thanks, a time to give back

This is the time of year where many people look forward to the feast of Thanksgiving, the gathering of family, and the holiday sales that follow. Families are busy planning how best to cook their turkey, who will make the best cranberries, stuffing, or pumpkin pie, and where everyone should sit when they invade your home on Thanksgiving. But what about the families who can’t afford such a feast? Continue reading “A time to give thanks, a time to give back”

Haunted Halloween Fun

What to expect at Factory of Fear

Factory of Fear is the local favorite that has been shocking and terrifying Quad City residents for twenty years. This attraction is the Quad’s largest indoor haunted attraction. Creepy stalkers, psychotic murderers, and helpless victims are a few of the characters that take residence at the Factory of Fear. Continue reading “Haunted Halloween Fun”

Good Eats! Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

It’s that time of year again – the time for consuming as many pumpkin flavored foods and drinks as possible. Here is a great recipe for individual pumpkin pies. These are perfect for Halloween parties or for keeping in the fridge for those late-night cravings. Continue reading “Good Eats! Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe”

The Ancient Origins of Halloween and Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is likely one of the most popular holidays in the United States. According to, it is estimated that nearly 90% of children wear costumes and participate in Halloween traditions each year. In terms of nation-wide spending, Halloween is second only to Christmas. Continue reading “The Ancient Origins of Halloween and Pumpkin Carving”