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‘Tis the season…I just don’t feel ready!

Only 13 days until Christmas! Yay!!! Ahh, but I still have homework, finals, projects to complete, chores to do and Christmas shopping to finish! How will I ever be ready for the holidays?

This year, Christmas falls on a Sunday, only three days after finals finish up on December 22. Holidays are a time for cheer and thankfulness, but sometimes it can be hard to get in the holiday spirit when there is so much to do, only a few days before Christmas! I can definitely relate to this. I didn’t even feel ready for Christmas last year, and we even had more time in between school and the holiday. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I want to be prepared.

If you are like me in this regard, I want to present you with a few things you can do to get yourself prepped for the holidays, even though the majority of your lives are probably very busy right now with school, work, sports, etc.

  1. The first thing I recommend to help you get in the holiday spirit would be to watch a Christmas movie/show. You might be wondering how you are going to fit this in because it takes time, but let me remind you, some holiday shows are as short as half an hour, and there are several that have a viewing time of well under an hour. A Charlie Brown Christmas is 25 minutes long, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is only 26 minutes long, Frosty the Snowman is 40 minutes long and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is also just 52 minutes in running time. Sure, there are several other longer holiday movies, but if you are pressed for time, watching a short little animated film might help you to feel refreshed and more ready for the arrival of the holidays.
  2. Take one night between now and December 25th to make yourself some hot chocolate, and go drive around to look at Christmas lights. What better way is there to get yourself in the holiday spirit than to see fun decorations: from snowmen, to manger scenes, to Santa Claus, to just multi-color icicle lights. Plus, it’s super cool to see some of the houses that are totally decked out in fun Christmas stuff!
  3. Listen to Christmas music in your car! Driving is an everyday part of people’s lives, so why not get into the holiday spirit while heading from one place to another? Kosi 101.1 and Way FM 101.9 tend to play lots of Christmas music, not to mention you can totally go down to any Target or Walmart and pick yourself up a Christmas CD for as little as $5. Also, don’t be afraid to sing along as you drive. Belting out Christmas tunes in your car can certainly help you feel more festive.
  4. Bake yourself some holiday cookies or brownies. Yes, these also take time, but the majority of the time spent baking is just waiting for the baked goods to cook in the oven. You can always work on homework or study for finals while your treat is baking. Wreath cookies, peppermint candy cane cookies and fudge are common holiday treats that are easy to make. You can find hundreds of recipes online.

There are many more ways you can get in the holiday spirit. Yes, this is a very busy time of year with finals and school finishing up, but you can still have fun and enjoy the holidays. My final piece of advice to you is this: do your homework, study hard for your finals, and the moment that bell rings on Thursday afternoon, go home and don’t even think about school until after Christmas, or whichever holiday you celebrate. These holidays only come around once a year, so be sure to savor each moment.