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- Posted on 12/20/2013 by Rachel1016
Throughout the month of December, you crafted along as we added festive decorations to our official TeenNick Holiday Tree! And now that the holidays are right around the corner, we finally have a finished product!
We made final touches to the body of the tree with Degrassi ornaments and topped it off (literally) with a replica of Angelica's iconic Cynthia doll from Rugrats! We want you to take creative control with these crafts, so feel free to add your personal touches, but if you're looking for a little inspiration, check out our ideas below!
Start off with some different colored construction paper, scissors, and glue!
Cut out small photos of your favorite Degrassi characters!
Play around with different colors and shapes. We decided to create a few abstract designs, a snowflake collage, and some snowmen!
And the crowning achievement of our entire holiday tree... Angelica's very special and totally not demented doll, Cynthia! All it took was one Barbie, a little glue, a red Sharpie, and some felt. Isn't she stunning?
We hope you had as much fun as we did creating these silly crafts! From all of us here at TeenNick, have a happy and safe holiday!
- Posted on 12/18/2013 by Rachel1016
Last week we brought you the Ultimate Classic Holiday Playlist, a collection of tunes that have become standards in the holiday music canon. And even though these cherished songs only come around once a year, one could argue that by mid-December they get a little stale. (YEAH. WE SAID IT.)
So, if you're in the mood for a little Yuletide refresher, here are some holiday tunes that you maybe haven't heard before! Including both heartfelt renditions of classics and original compositions, some are fun, some are somber, and some are straight-up weird! But we're pretty confident that all of them are going to bring you a healthy dose of not-at-all-ironic holiday cheer. This isn't your grandmother's playlist, guys! (But we're pretty sure she'd actually love it anyway.)
That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! - Sufjan Stevens
Alright! Starting it off with a party! The not-so-holly-jolly subject matter aside, this Sufjan original is an example of the songwriter's unique talent for pairing earnest stories with compelling, catchy melodies.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - She & Him
It is pretty much known fact that Zooey Deschanel is indie rock's #1 diva, so we'd be terribly remiss to not include her and M. Ward's cover of this wistful classic.
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - Alvin & The Chipmunks
Chances are, you've actually heard this one before. Grab your helium balloons and sing along, y'all!
Getting Ready For Christmas Day - Paul Simon
You'd have no idea this tune was a Christmas song if it weren't for the lyrics. Laid over Paul Simon's signature buoyant, campfire-like instrumentation, the song features a sample of the gospel singer and preacher, The Revered J.M. Gates and is about a son returning from Iraq for the holidays.
Christmas Lights - Coldplay
Even though the holidays seem to insist that the universe be super cheerful for an entire month, this time of year can actually be really tough. Coldplay know know feeling, and they put on their best melancholy for a story of Christmas longing.
Feliz Navidad - Sea of Bees
This delicate folk version of Jos� Feliciano's classic is totally surprising and really delightful.
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
Brooding vocals + grungy garage textures + Danish roots = Automatic Indie Cool.
Ho Ho Hopefully - The Maine
Who doesn't love a little pop-punk take on romance during the holidays? Or a Santa pun? I mean…come on, guys!
Valley Winter Song - Fountains of Wayne
You might know Fountains of Wayne because of their famous ode to "Stacy's Mom," but the band actually have a nice little collection of other great songs in their arsenal. This little number is one of them.
Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
Indie heavy-hitters The Shins don't stray too far from the classic tune's original arrangement, but The Shins can sort of do whatever they want.
- Posted on 12/13/2013 by Rachel1016
Last week, we showed you how to make a colorful felt garland perfect for draping around any holiday tree. This week, we're adding a little something sparkly: pipe cleaner snowflakes! This craft is a perfect way to add a unique, but classically elegant ornament to your tree!
1. Gather your materials. For this project, you'll need five pipe cleaners per snowflake and a pair of scissors.
2. Cut each of the five pipe cleaners in half so you have a total of ten pieces.
3. Take three of the smaller pieces, fold them in half around each other to make a six-point star.
4. With the remaining seven pieces, cut two-thirds of the length of each piece. You should now have seven longer pieces and seven shorter pieces.
5. Take one of the longer pieces and fold about half way down each stem. Repeat for each of the remaining five stems on the snowflake. (You will have one extra piece in case you mess up!)
6. Repeat step five with the smaller pieces at the top of each stem. Again, you will have one extra piece!
Feel free to mix and match colors, or add embellishments to your snowflakes! After all, no two snowflakes are exactly the same.
Check in with us next week for our final phase of decorations! It may or may not involve Degrassi. (Hint: it most definitely will).
- Posted on 12/12/2013 by Rachel1016 + ChrisMcPherson
What would the holiday season be without a soundtrack? You know, collection of songs to accompany every cup of hot chocolate, every snow angel, every mistletoe moment? There's no feeling quite like revisiting those holiday standards when, each December, you realize that they're just as special as when you first heard them.
And even though we're aware that at this point in the season holiday music is mildly inescapable, we decided to assemble our classic holiday favorites into one grand (but not absolute) playlist! Here are some of the tunes that have found their way into our living rooms for over five decades!
Silent Night - Bing Crosby
This peaceful, soothing standard reminds us that Christmas isn't only about inflatable Santas and sugar comas: there's a story to be remembered and celebrated! And although Bing Crosby's iconic crooning will never be matched, you can softly whisper the lyrics with friends without anyone discovering your true vocal chops (or lack thereof).
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
Now, this sing-a-long favorite falls on the other side of the karaoke spectrum. Feel free to belt these lyrics whenever you… feel free! We can hear the debaucherous chorus now: "Laughing all the way, HA HA HA."
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey reigns as Queen of Christmas (after Mrs. Clause, of course), so it's only right that her mega-hit, ''All I Want For Christmas is You'' makes the list as a classic. The slow build in the intro, the glorious choir's backing vocals, that incomparable whistle tone; Mariah just brings us that the warm fuzzy feeling every time this song plays.
Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Jackson 5
Although "he sees you when you're sleeping" may not be the most comforting line, it's a reminder to always be nice. No one wants to be on the naughty list when Santa arrives.
Last Christmas - Wham!
Heartbreak is tough, especially during the holidays. But this song shows that you're not alone! This year, to save you from tears (and to save you from spending too much $$$ on a remote control helicopter), give your heart to someone special.
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
It's completely normal to wish for extravagant gifts this holiday season. You never know, Santa may hook you up with some goodies.
Do You Hear What I Hear? - Bing Crosby
Do you hear what I hear? A beautiful story of miracles, new beginnings, and peace on earth? Thought so. Plus, bell sounds.
O Holy Night - Nat King Cole
Ok, this song. THIS SONG. The stars brightly shining, baby Jesus, the soft, captivating melody that builds to an explosive release when you get to the last ''O night, DIVIIIIINE!'' Boom. *Drops mic*
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jackson 5
Spoiler alert! Mom wasn't really kissing Santa. Just your average Christmas misunderstanding.
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Elvis Presley
Fun fact: this song is sung from the point of view of WWII soldier who was excited to reunite with his family for the holidays. Which is also sort of relevant since Elvis served in the United States Army for two years (not during WWII, though)! #history #supportthetroops
- Posted on 12/06/2013 by Rachel1016
Undeniable fact: one of the best parts of the holidays is getting to put up decorations. It's the one time of year where it's acceptable to transform any and every normal surface into a gilded, tinsellated, sparkly winter wonderland! And while some people go for the ~classy~ holiday look (you know, the ones inspired by Pinterest Boards with streamlined color palettes that somehow incorporate Mason jars...), here at TeenNick we like to think of holiday decorating as an excuse to incite a full-on color EXPLOSION.
Over the next couple of weeks, we're going to be adding custom decorations to our very special TeenNick Holiday Tree. Not only will we document the process, but we'll include how-to guides for each craft so you can decorate your own festive fir!
Our first tree decoration: a multi-colored felt garland. This craft is definitely easiest with a group, so gather your friends and get in the SPIRIT!
1. Gather your materials. For this project, you'll need different colored felt (the more, the better!), scissors, and some black yarn.
2. Cut the felt into small rectangular pieces. Each piece should be roughly 3 inches tall and 1/2 inch wide.
3. Cut black string into twelve 24-inch pieces. Use the string to tie a knot around the middle of each felt piece. Leave about 1/2 inch space in between each piece. Make sure you order the colors so they don't repeat, and leave enough string at the end to eventually tie each piece together.
4. Take two full strings and wrap them around each other to make the garland full.
5. Finally, tie each large piece together to make the garland long!
VOILA! What a merry beaut. (And to think we've only just begun...)
Check in with us next week for our second phase of decorations! And while you're getting crafty, be sure to check out TeenNick's Best Holidays Ever! For the next three Saturdays at 1pm ET, we're going to be marathoning special holiday episodes of your favorite TeenNick shows. This weekend we start with Zoey 101, followed by Victorious and Big Time Rush!
- Posted on 12/04/2013 by Dixie Laite
Well, the holidays are here, and while we'd like to be all comfort and joy-ish and nothing you dismay-y about it, there IS a little something we dismay. In fact, it's dismaying us a LOT.
Gift-giving is kind of…a pain. What do we get the person who has everything? And even more importantly, what do you give when you're super broke? Or super cheap.
Problem sooooo solved! Get that special (or not-so-special) someone on your list an on-air shout-out! (And did we mention it's free?) Mixtape Monday is back, and now's your chance to give '90s Nick fans a chance to hear their names on TV when you dedicate a favorite '90s Nick clip in their honor.
It's easy � just check out the featured episodes below. Tweet us a Vine or InstaVid of you showing your love for or dedicating a particular '90s fave, include #Nick90sParty, and watch for it on-air! Our last installment of Mixtape Monday featured some awesome vids; check them out here for inspiration!
Just pick one of the clips below and tweet us your Vine or Instavid showing your love for your friend/ex/frenemy/cousin/sibling using #90sNickHoliday. We'll be airing these sweet and generous (and did we mention free?) video dedications on TeenNick's special holiday Mixtape Monday, December 16th, between midnight and 4am ET!
Rugrats: "A Rugrats Kwanzaa"
CatDog: "A Very Merry CatDog Christmas"
Rocko's Modern Life: "Rocko's Modern Christmas"
Hey Arnold: 020 Arnold's Christmas
- Posted on 12/24/2011 by Lisa
I couldn't decide if you'd rather see a new photo of Jake using a hammer or one of Eli looking thoughtful, so I did the only sensible thing -- I posted both.
Hey, Eli... whatcha thinking about?
Hey, Jake... whatcha workin' on?
- Posted on 12/23/2011 by Lisa
It's Christmas Eve Eve, and here's a sneak peek picture of three of the new niners!
Zig, Tristan, and Tori. They all look so happy in this pic, but we all know high school is never easy -- especially if you're enrolled at Degrassi.
- Posted on 12/23/2011 by Lisa
We wrapped Owen up as a holiday gift for you. Doesn't he look the huggable-est in all that football padding?
When Owen first showed up on Degrassi, I didn't like him at all. (Homophobia = not cute.) Lately, though, he's growing on me. Maybe his feelings for Anya sort of forced him to grow up a little? I'm curious what he'll be like without her around.
- Posted on 12/21/2011 by Lisa
I have no idea what Drew and Dave are talking about in this sneak peek picture from the 2012 Degrassi episodes, but it looks serious.
I like Dave's stripey purple tie a lot.