How To Get Through Being Away From Home During Christmas Time

How To Get Through Being Away From Home During Christmas Time

All the things to do to get over those holiday blues!

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For some students, Christmas break doesn't always get to be spent with loved ones. Flying or driving home during the holidays gets extremely pricey. Here are a few tips to keep your spirit merry and bright when being away from home during the Holidays.

Being stuck in a dorm room or apartment over break doesn't have to be a bad thing. Take some well-deserved time to treat yourself. Grab some popcorn and login to your Netflix or Hulu account to find all the holiday movies one could ask for. Still wishing you were home by the fireplace with friends and family? Find a ride to your local bookstore or library and dive into a good book that can help you find that warm and fuzzy feeling. If reading isn't your favorite hobby, head to the nearest Target and grab a few face masks and bath bombs for a spa night at home (this applies to you too, boys).

If being alone bothers you this is the perfect opportunity to go out and make new friends! If you live in the dorms or an apartment complex, head across the hall or down to another floor and see who else is staying over break. Plan a time to hang out in the lobby or meet up for coffee. If you have a gym nearby, go workout and introduce yourself to a few people. Go play a game of racketball or try a group fitness class.

Don't forget, that just because you might not be with your family, you can still celebrate Christmas or Friendsmas over FaceTime with them. If decorating the tree with your siblings or cooking with your mom was a ritual of yours, FaceTime them as they do these activities and you can still make those memories that mean the most. Try decorating a small tree of your own or cook your favorite dishes as your family does the same back at home. There's no need to feel left out, plan ahead and schedule a time where you can see everyone and be apart of the celebrating.

No matter how you spend your holidays, be sure to keep them happy. Remember to make the most of your time and have fun treating yourself, meeting new people, and checking in with loved ones. Not being at home over winter break doesn't mean it'll be a 'blue Christmas' this year.

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15 Reasons Why Winter Is My Favorite Season

Winter doesn't always have to be miserable and cold.
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It seems like winter weather in New York always comes quicker than we expect it to. Summer comes to an end, fall weather lasts for a brief three seconds, and then we feel the brisk air of winter coming. I've lived in New York my entire life so this is not my first rodeo and I can definitely tell you winter can suck sometimes. Most people hate the snow, the cool breeze, and the dreary winter season but it's all so much more than that! There are more reasons to love the winter season than to hate it, think about the holidays and being able to overload on carbohydrates (thanks for coming to an end bikini season). Here are my fifteen beautiful reasons on why winter is my favorite season.

1. Layering.

Winter is the only time you can layer all your favorite clothes into one outfit! Add a scarf, a sweater, a flannel, and a coat while still looking put together.

2. Winter drinks.

For all the Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts addicts, winter is the best time for hot drinks. Hot cocoa, salted caramel lattes, hot apple cider, can life get any better?

3. Snow!

How could anyone hate the prettiest part of winter? Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just enjoy the view. Sometimes getting snowed in is the best part of winter.

4. Christmas lights.

What's a better way to get into the Christmas spirit? Take a walk past Rockefeller Center in Manhattan to feel the magic around Christmas time.

5. Snuggling up next to the person you love.

What's better than snuggling and Elf?

6. Warm clothes.

Mittens, scarves, wool socks, and sweaters? I want to wear all of you. Come right this way!

7. Curling up in bed with a good magazine or book.

Just giving you another reason to be lazy and never want to get out of bed. (PS you might finish an entire series of books if you do this, I'm totally guilty of this.)

8. Holiday parties.

Everyone's favorite party of the year, the ugly Christmas sweater party! Nothing like wearing a funny, vintage, or just plain hideous ugly Christmas sweater to win some prizes. (Or just to go to the party for the free food, also guilty.)

9. Traveling.

For the winter holiday season, most people have a little bit of time off from work or school. Winter break is the perfect vacation for a cabin retreat. Visit a ski resort or a snowboarding lodge with your loved ones and relax for the weekend. Make sure you don't forget your ski's and lots of warm clothes!

10. Dogs in sweaters.

You've got to be a really evil human to not love everything about this. I'll take ten dogs in sweaters please.

11. Comfort food.

Comfort foods most popular day, Thanksgiving. The best winter holiday besides Christmas. Please pass the mashed potatoes, biscuits, stuffing, and everything that's unhealthy because I want it all.

12. Christmas!

My favorite day in winter is Christmas. Everything leading up to Christmas makes me love winter even more. Christmas carols, getting caught under the mistletoe, candy canes, ginger bread houses, stockings, and especially Christmas morning (the only morning of the year I don't mind getting up for).

13. New Years!


New Years kisses, New Years resolutions, and the change of pace for the New Year is always refreshing.

14. Giving back.

There's plenty of ways to give to people to make them have a wonderful Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is an organization to bless Christmas presents to children in need around the world. Toys for tots is also another program you can be involved in, it gives toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them presents.

15. Being grateful for what you have.

Although you should be grateful every day and not just the holiday season, winter is a reminder that home is where the heart is.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

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