Every day, we wake up, we go to school, work, homework, and it gets tiring. There’s no reason for the holidays and our winter break to be redundant and boring as well. Get out of your comfort zone this year, whether that means breaking out the craft glue, or warming up the teakettle, this holiday season will be unique and special. I will share with you some of my favorite ideas to do over the break.
Challenge your friends to a stocking decorating contest, or gingerbread-building tournament. It’s simple and fun: break out the craft glue, buy some plush stockings at the dollar store, then get creative. My family does this every year. We try to have a theme with our stockings that represents something significant from that year. For example, when I got a kitten, I painted my stocking with cats and of course the phrase, “Have a purrrfect Christmas.”
Gingerbread building is great. I make one for the birds since I don’t like the taste of gingerbread. Decked out with birdseed and constructed with peanut butter, the birds determine the winner by popular vote out on our back porch.
While everyone is getting boozy with his or her eggnog, now is your chance to try some spiced chi holiday tea. The hardest part might be choosing which flavor to try, so I suggest getting a variety pack sampler. Flavors such as peppermint or lemon might seem cringe-worthy… until you try them. Moreover, coming in from the cold, the warmth of a cup of tea is soothing and relaxing.
Impress your friends and family with your creativity and start working on all those pins you have been pinning. Whether it be decorating cupcakes, or whipping up a batch of brownies, baking is a great (and yummy!) way to reduce stress over the holidays.
Holidays are a time to take off school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn. If you are as curious as I am, countless semesters of college will not satisfy your hunger for knowledge. Over the holiday break it’s great to dedicate some time to leisure reading, or start working on your self-study German, all the things that you are too busy to do throughout the semester.
Everyone says the holidays are a time for giving, but giving money is extremely hard for college students who can barely afford anything past their tuition and textbooks. So, if you are feeling generous this holiday season, but strapped for cash, I encourage you to give your time. Your time is always appreciated. My favorite place to volunteer is the local animal shelter because I know by cleaning the cat cages or taking dogs on walks, they are having a better holiday as well. Not to mention going out on dog walks is a good excuse to get some fresh air and exercise.
This coming holiday break I encourage you to try something new. Don’t let that daily grind of school and work wear into your holidays. Whether you are challenging your friends to a gingerbread birdhouse competition, trying chai tea, baking a fresh batch of brownies, reading that book you’ve been dying to get to, or volunteering in your community- this holiday season is a time to get creative.
Share your holiday experiences with your Pearson Student family. Post your pictures in Instagram to @PearsonStudent with the #GetCreative so we can share our unique and inspiring ideas this holiday!!!
Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.