5 Christmas Break Activities That Are Must-Dos

5 Christmas Break Activities That Are Must-Dos

Because college students are always looking for something to do.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially because we get a break from school and don't have to worry about assignments.

While binge-watching all of your favorite shows on Netflix is a solid way to spend the break, if you want to get out of the house there are plenty of things for you to do. The holiday season creates lots of new events that don't usually happen during the rest of the year, like parades or tree lightings.

If you're looking to make your Christmas break memorable, use these five activities to have fun with your friends and family!

1. Ice Skating

This is especially fun for Southerners, like me, who do not typically get snow during the winter. Grab some of your friends and go ice skating and get hot chocolate or coffee after!!!

2. Baking

You don't even have to leave your house for this one. You could make sugar cookies and ice them or you could make a gingerbread house.

3. Go to the movies.

There are so many new movies being released during this season. Whether it's the 2018 version of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" or "The Return Of Mary Poppins," you're bound to find something worth watching. You could even go watch the Nutcracker ballet.

4. Go see Christmas lights.

Driving around your neighborhood to see the lights is fun, especially with your favorite Christmas music. You could also go somewhere like Saluda Shoals where they have tons of Christmas lights for you to enjoy.

5. Throw an ugly sweater party!

What are the holidays without an ugly sweater party? Get all of your friends together to watch Christmas movies and eat good food all while wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. Don't forget to take Instagram pictures!

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The Last Weeks Of The Semester

Are they relieving or terrifying? Probably both.
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It's the beginning of December so we all know what that means: the semester is almost over. Whether it's two, three, or four weeks left, the end (of the semester that is) is nigh. Students are crying, whether it's from joy or stress, we're not really sure.

The very near end brings many hopes. We can finally sleep in again, not have to do homework, and actually spend time with friends. These moments of freedom can make us want to cry tears of joy. The mere thought of not being in school, even if it's just for a little bit, is like getting a small glimpse into Heaven. Except for the poor souls who have to take a winter class, we get to cherish in a well deserved break from schoolwork.

On the other hand, the last couple weeks also means finals. Projects, papers, cumulative tests, the whole plethora of "it's finals week, help me." This also brings on tears, however, these are not happy tears. They are lack of sleep, piles of essays and hours of studying hysteria tears. Getting through these last weeks, especially the last one, requires a lot of coffee and a whole lot of focus. As tempting as sleeping instead studying is, the threat of failing a final or the class, always prevails.

So to all my fellow college students, we can get through these last couple of weeks without dying. And in true Hunger Games fashion, "May the odds be ever in your favor."

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Fun Things To Do When The Winter Cold Traps You Indoors

"My favorite thing about winter? When it's over."

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The days are getting colder by the minute, and with the polar vortex threatening the month of February, it's hard to find things to do every day besides simply sitting around doing nothing. In order to combat this, I've come up with a list of activities that may be able to help with the boredom of winter and the awful cold weather.

One of the best things to do on a rainy, cold or gross day is watch movies. Get a group of friends together and pick out your favorite movie series or set of movies of a certain genre. Make popcorn, buy snacks and set up a comfy couch with blankets and pillows. It's an easy, inexpensive and fun way to spend the day with friends as well as enjoy your favorite movies together.

In relation to a movie day, you could have a game day. Whether you choose video games or board games, setting up a fun little gameday with your friends or family is a great way to spend the day inside. If you want to challenge yourself, you could choose games like "Monopoly" or "Scrabble" so you have to put a little more thought into it. Or, you could choose fun games like "Cards Against Humanity" or "Mario Kart" in order to feel more relaxed.

Another fun activity for a cold day is making crafts and decorations for your room or house. There are so many cute "do-it-yourself" projects on Pinterest, Google and YouTube. Painting canvases is a super easy and fun DIY project that doesn't take much effort but leaves a room looking completely re-done. You can easily find a new project for the day and create something to spice up your space. Along with that, it would also be fun to look up recipes on the same sites and learn about new foods. Whether you like to bake or cook, there are so many delicious recipes you can try.

The last set of activities is definitely relaxing and all about self-care. Sometimes, being at home all day for days on end can cause you to feel extremely lazy and all-around gross. Setting up a spa day in order to refresh yourself is something that's so easy and fun. Find a friend, buy a facemask and paint your nails. Feeling rejuvenated after weeks of cold weather can not only be a benefit for your skin but your mentality as well. In relation to that, if you want something a little more upbeat, you could always do an "at-home-workout," which can be found anywhere and everywhere on the web. Even if it's something as simple as a no-weight workout or some type of yoga, getting yourself up and moving is bound to make you feel a lot better about the past days of laziness.

The best part about all of these activities is that they're so versatile – you can do them with your friends, family or alone if you want. Whatever you choose to do inside on the cold days ahead, make it worth your while and be sure to do something that you enjoy.

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