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5 Things to Do Over Winter Break


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Ah, winter break! All semester long, I pine away for your unscheduled, unstressful, due date-free bliss. Now that you have arrived, what am I going to do with you?

If you have finished your semester and your winter break is a wide open space of time, you’re in luck! I have come up with 5 important, or not-so-important, things to occupy your time over winter break, whether it be at home or elsewhere.

1. Double Feature

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That’s right! Pop some popcorn, whip up the hot chocolate, and find your most snuggle-riffic blanket and watch holiday movies all day! Here is a list of a few of my personal favorites:

  • White Christmas
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Preacher’s Wife (Oh, Whitney…)
  • Jingle All the Way

There are so many more, but I wouldn’t want to overwhelm you with my first-class collection of VHS tapes.

Or… if you want to get out of the house, plan a day with your friends or family and head to the movies. When you get there, pick out 2, yes 2, movies that you want to see! Maybe one in the morning, break for lunch, and then come back for an afternoon flick. It will be a fairly lazy day, but sometimes it is more fun to go to the movies than watch them on TV all day at home.

2. Closet Purge

Clean your closet out for the next season. If you have not worn a piece in the last year and do not see yourself wearing it, toss it. It may be difficult to part with some of your closet treasures, but it will be much easier to put together outfits when you can actually see everything in your closet without pushing things around.

3. Craft

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Remember that really cool project you pinned¬†while you were avoiding writing that paper? Well, why don’t you actually do it? I plan to make this¬†script scarf using a fabric marker. It looks easy enough and I could always use a new scarf to put in the mix! Plus, it would be a fun and unique gift for a few of my friends!

4. Plan for Spring Break & Summer Vacation

I always get really eager for summer break by the end of my winter break. Maybe it’s because by then my legs haven’t seen the light of day since November, but I tend to yearn for warm days by the pool that involve orange popsicles and snowballs early on. So dream about where you want to go, what concerts you want to attend, and events you want to go to. Who knows, it might make you feel a little warmer in these cold months!

5. Prepare for Next Semester

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The week before school starts, go ahead and go to the bookstore and get all of your books. Head to the store and get all of your school supplies, too. If you get all of this taken care of early, you can actually enjoy your last few days of freedom instead of spending it at the tire shop and orthodontist. I speak from experience when I say, do it early!


What things do you do over winter break to stay busy? What holiday movies do you like to watch? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on on December 18, 2011 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , ,

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9 Responses to “5 Things to Do Over Winter Break”

  1. 1
    December 18th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Great list! I don’t want to think about next quarter, but it would be good to start planning!

  2. 2
    December 18th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I am so glad you featured the Script Scarf in this article, because I literally just decorated one for one of my good friends! They’re super easy to make, and you can even switch things up with different colored scarves.

    Awesome article, by the way!

  3. 3
    December 18th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Dont forget to watch Love Actually! It’s the best Christmas movie!

  4. 4
    December 18th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I totally agree with Nadia! Love Actually is a Christmas must!

  5. 5
    December 19th, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Oh, definitely! I’m so glad I FINALLY have the free time I need to do all those fashion DIY’s I’ve been planning to get around to doing for weeks! And for Spring Break…I’m actually going to Italy! So excited ;)

  6. 6
    December 19th, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I have to study. My exam is on the January 3rd! So, no vacation for me.

  7. 7
    December 19th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oh man, I’m in major need of a closet purge! I’m really lucky to have a walk-in closet, but I think I’ve abused it by keeping everything for fear of wanting to wear in the future. I think it’s time to purge/sell/donate/let go of all the stuff I don’t wear.

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    December 19th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Great ideas! I’m still in high school so I’m not on break yet unfortunately but can’t wait to set some time aside for good old Christmas classics. A Christmas Story is my all time favorite holiday movie! The scene where Ralphie comes downstairs in the pink bunny costume never ceases to crack me up, lol! Can’t wait till break:)

  9. 9
    December 19th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I really love these ideas. Well love might be a strong word for the last one since I don’t want to think about next semester yet, but admittedly it’s a good idea. I have been watching Christmas movies since I got home; it’s such a nice way to spend a rainy winter day. I agree with the Love Actually suggestion above. Fantastic film. I also love spending time reading books, mainly childhood favourites like Anne of Green Gables along with any new releases that I didn’t get a chance to read during the year because of school.

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