Winter Break: What to do when Homework is Done

For most college students, winter break is a chance to relax, enjoy quality time with the family and finally get some good, homecooked food. This is wonderful…for about 2 weeks. Then you start to miss the life you have while away at college, the friends, the social life, and maybe even homework. As someone on Twitter stated, “college makes you thankful for home, but home makes you thankful for college” and that could not be more true. For those of us who are waiting patiently to return to Golden, here are a few holiday activities that will keep you from boredom as you await your return.

When it comes to the holidays, you cannot go wrong with the classic pastimes. For those who are lucky enough to have snow over the break, making a snowman is a must-do. If you have not had the opportunity to build a snowman and do not know how, or in other words, happened to not have had a childhood, there are tutorials online to help.

Once your snowman is completed, and your fingers and toes are thoroughly frozen, a cup of hot chocolate is the perfect way to keep the spirit while warming up. If you happen to live in a place with no snow, you can build a sandman on the beach and pretend it is snowing.

Another classic, one that you can keep your pajamas on for, is building a gingerbread house. The process of building a gingerbread house has been expedited thanks to the kits that are sold at your nearest grocery store or Walmart, which include the foundation for your house as well as all of the construction tools you could use to create a beautiful, candy decorated house.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can also make your own gingerbread dough and begin the construction process from scratch. Making the building and decorating a competition between family members or friends makes the building into a wonderful bonding activity as well as a boredom killer. If you are not in the mood for building, there are tons, of classic holiday movies that are perfect for a lazy day. There are the true, poorly animated classics that our generation grew up with: Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. But, there are a few new classics that are family favorites- Elf, The Santa Clause 1-3, A Christmas Carol and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- that are quickly becoming holiday must-watch movies.

Winter break is a fun, festive time of the year where you get to spend time with the family and friends you have been apart from for most of the semester, but it can also be a time where you are anticipating your return to the college life. If you are one of the students eager to return, hopefully these activities will keep you busy until the day comes to return to Golden.

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