7 After Christmas Activities

7 After Christmas Activities

Feeling down? Turn that frown upside down!
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December 26th is, for me, the most depressing day of the year. If you celebrate Christmas then you know- the excitement is over, all the presents are unwrapped, and you kind of want to cry. However, it doesn't have to be all bad! Here's 10 activities to keep the holiday spirit alive!


1. Eat Your Feelings

For real, eat them. Calories don't count during the holiday's and Christmas leftovers are THE BEST. Wake up early and chow down!

2. Drink Your Feelings

Mixed drinks and Hallmark movies, am I right?!

3. Have a Spa Day

Paint your toenails, take a bath, relax!

4. Harry Potter Marathon

You know you want to. Harry Potter cures everything! Cuddle up with someone special- whether that's a person or your mound of leftovers- and re-live the best movie series ever.

5. Go Shopping

There's nothing like a little retail therapy. Take those gift cards and catch the after-Christmas sales!

6. Go Sledding

Haven't been in a while? Well, why not??

7. Pretend it isn't over and have Christmas, part 2.

Just keep on celebrating like it hasn't ended! Besides, the nightmare that has been 2016 will soon be over! That's something to celebrate!




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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.
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Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.


1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.


So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

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Don't Like New Year's Resolutions? Choose A Word Of The Year To Define Your 2019

My word of the year is 'productive.'

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I've never been one to follow New Year's resolutions. I make them very specific — I usually end up creating too many, and in the end it's difficult for me to stick to them. Overall, they just don't work for me.

For this year, I've decided to try something new. Instead of making resolutions, I've selected a word that I want to act as my focus for the year. My mom told me about this idea after she watched a video about it on YouTube. I liked the idea, and decided to go with it and give it a try.

My word of the year is 'productive.' I find that I waste a lot of my spare time engaging in activities that aren't productive, such as watching silly videos on YouTube for hours, napping after class, binge watching a show on Netflix, or messing with apps on my phone — and I want to change that. I want to spend my time being more productive, whether it be reading, writing and developing my craft, researching about grad school, or applying for scholarships.

Of course I still need down time to relax and work on self-care — everyone needs that. But I want it to be productive self-care, such as meditating, organizing a drawer in my desk, or writing notes in my calendar journal.

My mom chose the word 'positive.' She wants to focus on having a positive outlook on life. She wants to take in and accept the joyful aspects, rather than focusing on the negative ones, even when she gets stuck in a rut.

If you're like me and New Year's resolutions aren't quite your jam, try finding a word that resonates with you on how you want to focus on self-improvement this year.

There are plenty of words to select from. A couple other ones that come to mind include 'focus' and 'appreciate.' See? There's a word for everyone.

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