5 Ways To Get Into The Holiday Spirit Despite Finals

5 Ways To Get Into The Holiday Spirit Despite Finals

'Tis the Season
50
views

Now that December has arrived it only means one thing...the holidays season! However, for those of us that are swamped with final essays and tests and projects, the holiday spirit is about as far away from our minds as possible. However, there are a bunch of ways to get yourself a little more in the spirit while still getting all your work done...

1. Decorate your dorm

Something as simple as hanging up some lights, or putting window stickers up, or buying a wreath can help spice up your room and uplift that holiday spirit in no time!

2. Listen to Christmas music

No matter what holiday you celebrate, you would be lying if you said that some good old Christmas songs DON'T get you into the holiday spirit. So put those headphones in, turn the volume up, and blast those tunes!

3. Watch a Christmas movie

Once again, regardless of religious affiliation, Christmas movies do wonders to get you in the holiday spirit. So next time you're looking to procrastinate instead of spending hours on the "weird" side of YouTube, stream a nice Christmas movie to get you in the spirit

4. Secret Santa

One of the most notable qualities of the holiday season is giving--and giving a good gift is sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy. So grab a group of friends, randomly pick names, and surprise each other when you reveal who got who what! Hey, even set a $15 price limit (we're all broke college students here).

5. Drink Hot Chocolate

As cliche as it sounds, there is something about hot chocolate that screams "holiday season". Throw in a nice peppermint flavoring, or a candy cane, and your set to go. It will make you feel warm (metaphorically and literally) and who can turn down chocolate?!

So while yes, December does mean finals, it is important to not let our age and stress steal away the holiday spirit that used to excite us so much in elementary school...HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Cover Image Credit: Pexels

Popular Right Now

Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

643
views

There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)

145
views

I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

Related Content

Facebook Comments