12 Things That Everyone Looks Forward To During The Holidays

12 Things That Everyone Looks Forward To During The Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
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With finals coming to an end, school closing for winter break, and everyone racing to the airport to make their flights, everyone has one thing on their mind: winter break. Winter break is full of smiles, love and holiday spirit! What isn't there to look forward to when the most wonderful time of the year is so close?


1. Being with your family.

No one wants to celebrate the holidays alone. This means that this time of the year is the biggest traveling time of the year because everyone wants to be with his or her family and loved ones during the holidays.

2. Cooking with loved ones.

Making delicious meals for the whole family to enjoy for either Christmas or Hanukkah, the kitchen is going to be full of people cooking and the house is going to smell fantastic during this time of year. That one holiday dinner when the whole family comes together to celebrate is always the most memorable.

3. No school.

School's out for a couple weeks thanks to the holiday season! All the students out there look forward to this time of the year because not only is it a nice long break from school, but the holidays make it an even better break!

4. Shopping for holiday gifts.

For your boyfriend or girlfriend, best friends, siblings, parents or extended family, you face the crowds at the malls during the busiest shopping time of the year. Everyone is on a mission to find a perfect gift for everyone they love, and the malls are always packed. You are lucky enough if you find a parking spot even in the furthest corner of the parking lot.

5. Decorating the house.

Putting up lights to light up the whole house, decorating the fireplace for all the presents to arrive, having that holiday feel to the house is the one thing that people look forward to when it comes to decorating. Turing on lights that remind you of the holidays makes you feel all warm and happy inside knowing that the holidays are so close!

6. Presents.

Now, who doesn’t like presents? All the presents you can think of you get to open on the morning of Christmas and eight days of presents for Hanukkah? Love me some presents, am I right?

7. Holiday movies on television.

…AKA, 25 days of Christmas on ABC. Everyone looks forward to those Christmas movies that make everyone’s holiday. Whether they are old or fairly new, animated or not, each movie is so enjoyable to watch while sipping on hot chocolate.

8. Holiday desserts.

You all probably know what I am referring to here: those little square sugar cookies that represent all the holidays on each one of them. They are literally the best cookies out there and you cannot resist nibbling on the cookie dough!

9. Holiday drinks.

One word: Starbucks. The holidays are almost here and the Starbucks holiday drinks have arrived. Basically anything that has peppermint in it is a holiday drink to me.

10. Candy Cane Lane.

Driving down that one street with every house decorated is one of the most exciting way to get into the holiday spirit! Everyone is either walking down the street enjoying all the decorations or driving down the street while blasting Christmas music. These people go all out on decorating their homes to wow everyone who comes to enjoy their decorations.

11. Holiday music.

Enough said. Everyone instantly starts to sing along to all those holiday songs when they are heard. “All I Want for Christmas is You.” “Hanukkah oh Hanukkah, Come Light the Menorah…”

12. Being in the holiday spirit.

What is there to not like about the holidays? Everyone has something to look forward to during this time of year and being in that holiday spirit is the first step to enjoying this time of year.


This is the time that everyone refers to as “the best time of the year!”

Be with your family, celebrate the holidays, and share the love!

Happy holidays!

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

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