1. Read a new book
While your classes may have burned you out on reading for quite a bit, but reading for fun is a lot different than reading for fear of failing! Know a book that your friends have been suggesting as a good read? Use this break to turn off your brain about Business Statistics, and instead read a new best-seller!
2. Make some money!
Because we all know being a broke college student gets a bit old—use this time to earn some extra cash to break into next semester without breaking your wallet. Does your summer job need some extra help over the holidays? Do your parents or neighbors know someone looking for a babysitter? Want to make money by making your own hours? Then may we suggest doing some pre-spring cleaning and sell some of those items on either eBay, Craigslist, or even find some consignment shops for your clothing!
3. Spa Day with Mom or Game Day with Dad (or any other member of the family!)
Being able to hang out with close family members over the holidays is a great way to spend your time. Take advantage of your time off to do something with your mom or dad that you both can enjoy. Whether it’s getting your nails done together, or going to your favorite bar and grill to watch the football game; any time spent with family is time well spent in our book!
You may be dreading holiday celebrations with family because of the anxiety that comes with this question: “Have you been applying for any jobs for after graduation?” We know. We’ve been there. We have had to dodge certain family members or stammer with excuses as to why we either a) have maybe been slow to the start gate of job applications or b) just have not yet had any luck. Either way, it might be a bright idea to begin weeding through the job applications and hammering away at a few a day over break. Set mini goals for yourself in order to get them done, like: if I finish these 5 job applications by Wednesday, then I will go for a day-trip to snowboard on Saturday. Besides, you gotta start somewhere, sometime!
Sleep in, sleep during the day, go to bed early, whatever it is you need to do to catch up on some much needed Zzz’s after pulling continuous all-nighters a week before for finals.
6. Get a haircut
Now that you are home, it might be time to fix that up-do, girl (or guy!). If you always see the same stylist, now is the perfect time to give those luscious locks a touch up or tame some of the over-grown buzz!
7. Visit an old friend
The holiday season is the best time of the year to be a bit philanthropic. Show your generosity by volunteering to feed the homeless, donate non-perishable items, or give away winter clothing to the homeless.
9. Do a winter sport
Sledding, snowboarding, skiing, whatever your forte may be, take advantage of the snow!
10. Watch holiday-themed movies
Umm…ever heard of 25 Days of Christmas countdown on ABC Family?! You definitely can’t and SHOULDN’T miss any of these holiday-themed classics like: The Christmas Story, The Santa Clause (1,2 AND 3..is there a 4th?!), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life,…okay you get the point, we could go on forever!
Begin your New Year’s Resolution BEFORE the New Year!
12. Take a mini road trip
Have a friend you've been meaning to visit? OR want to get a group of old friends together to go on a mini-vaca? Now is the time!
13. Learn how to cook! (Or Bake!)
The holidays are full of cooking and baking. Learn a new recipe or cook dinner for the family one night. Is your mom in charge of bringing dessert to your holiday celebrations? Why not help her frost the cookies!
14. Do something fun in your hometown
It doesn't matter if you live in the smallest town of the Heartland, or the biggest city on the East Coast—there is probably something you have yet to try. Enjoy a new restaurant, a park waiting to be explored, winter festivals, or checking out the hockey/ice skating rink in town. Grab some of your friends or enjoy some alone time to find another reason to love where you’re from.
15. Finish an entire season of your favorite TV show…maybe in one day!
16. Eat yourself into a food coma
That’s what the holidays are for...right?
You’re on winter break. You’re back home, which typically means, all of your friends are home too. And what happens when you put a bunch of 19-22 year old's in the same room and get them reminiscing on “easier days” (aka high school)? Fun. Lot’s of it. That’s what happens!
18. Have a family pet? Spend time with him/her!
Do you have a family cat or dog that you had ever since growing up, who is still going strong?! Well they are part of the family, too, and we are sure that they miss you! Take your dog for a long walk, to a nearby park, or simply just a cuddle session on the couch. They appreciate having you home, and they will love the fact that you’re willing to hang out with them, too!
19. Go caroling
Like Will Farrell said, the best way to spread holiday cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!
20. Get ready for second semester!
Didn’t work as hard as you wanted to first semester? Wish you were a bit more organized? Well, take a breather over winter break to give the batteries a little time to re-charge so you can kill it second semester! Oh and maybe buy your eTextbooks early…shameless plug :)