It’s the holiday season, which means we are fast approaching the much-needed winter break. The only downside to this break is that we are home for an awfully long time with no schoolwork to do; it can become monotonous, so break up the humdrum of break with a “winter break bucket list”. Keep a list of these special things to do that will make this winter break the best ever.
For starters, you can go for the basics, including baking holiday cookies. Spending the day with a friend or maybe a significant other baking cookies is a ton of fun, not to mention you can use the cookies as gifts or party favors.
Another classic is cuddling up with a warm cup of hot chocolate and watching holiday movies. Take some time to relax and read all the books you’ve been putting off reading all semester. You can feel accomplished and finally be able to talk about the hottest reads.
If we are lucky enough to get some snow this winter, you can add all of the fun snow-related activities to your list. Take a trip to Blue Mountain for some skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. It is sure to provide a rush and take full advantage of the fluffy white snow. You could recreate the snowball fight scene from “Elf” and have a snow war with some friends.
It is the time of year to make memories and there are a few places that are must see this season. If you live closer to campus, a visit to Hershey Park is a great holiday trip. They have gone all out and deck the park in true holiday spirit. An all age, one-day ticket starts at around twelve dollars; the price increases with special add-ons. All ticket info can be found on Hershey Park’s website. Their holiday-themed park will be open from now until the end of December.
If you live closer to the Philadelphia area, check out Longwood Gardens and their holiday display which runs from now until Jan. 6. Be sure to get tickets ahead of time, otherwise you won’t be able to get in due to ticket limitations. Their display is sure to give you the wow factor you are looking for.
The major trip to try to make is to go up to New York City to see their holiday display. Get tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes perform, or maybe see a special show on Broadway. Take a trip over to the famous Rockefeller Center and skate on the rink that so many have skated on before. When it gets to New Year’s, visit Times Square and watch the famous ball drop with millions of others in the largest New Year’s Party around.
Being home for such a long break presents great opportunities to help those in need, especially near the holidays. Soup kitchens and shelters always need volunteers to help distribute food to those in need. Any help is appreciated and it’s great to add to a résumé. If you find you’re lacking in closet space, clean it out. Donate any clothing, shoes, or home goods you no longer need or want to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. It will go to the home of someone who needs it much more, and it creates more space for the influx of holiday presents.
It’s almost winter break again; maximize the time you have at home with some fun activities. Don’t forget to spend time with family and friends before you make your way back to the ‘Ville.