Ah the Christmas holidays, that time of year when university students have absolutely nothing to do. Classes have finally ended, you’re broke from Christmas shopping, and if you head to your parents’ house for the break, well, that could get annoying once the Christmas spirit dies out and they start conning you into doing chores for them. So make the most out of your vacation and check some of these (cheap) festive inspired activities off of your list. We might not be able to help you from going broke, but we can help cure your boredom!
Build a Gingerbread House: You can buy an easy gingerbread house kit from pretty much any grocery store – typically they include all the pieces you need, including icing and candy. But if you really want to go all out – buy some extra bulk candy, turn up the Christmas carols, and feel the sugar rush all day long.
Clean Out your Closet: No one realizes that they have a hoarding problem until they look into their closet and pull out all of the things they don’t wear anymore. The Christmas break is the perfect time to get rid of those things you haven’t wore since high school, especially since the New Year is the best time to treat yourself to a brand new wardrobe! And once your closet is emptied, you’ll have the urge to deep clean all of your dresser drawers and jewelry boxes as well. As for the things you don’t want anymore – consider consigning with Unwritten to earn extra cash for your New Wardrobe Fund.
Hit the Rink: It doesn’t matter if you’ve never set foot on an ice rink before, it’s never too late to learn how to skate! Many cities offer free skating sessions over the holidays, along with offering rental skates if you don’t have your own. Not only is this a great way to get active, it also makes for the perfect date! Because what’s cuter than desperately clinging onto your hubby for balance? Use this handy website to find one of the many rinks near you; my personal fave is the world-renowned Rideau Canal in Ottawa!
Have a Themed Movie Marathon: If you’re that one person living without Netflix – consider signing up for your first free month right now. You can find every Christmas movie you’ve never heard of before (I mean, you can find them to stream for free online too, but what’s more convenient than Netflix’s ‘Holiday Favourites’ category?) Sick of everything Christmas-related? You can still have a movie marathon! Choose a theme like ‘cheesy chick flicks’, ‘movies with Ryan Gosling’, or ‘the movies you thought were horrifying when you were 13’, then get all of your friends to bring over a sweet or salty treat to share!
Volunteer your Time: It’s no secret that the Christmas holidays are frequently referred to as ‘the season of giving’, so instead of spending your holidays in bed, consider volunteering with a local charity. All it takes is a simple Google search to find plenty of opportunities with food banks, clothing drives, bake sales, and so much more. I guarantee that this is the one activity that will make all of your time off feel worthwhile.
Pamper Yourself: After the frenzy of finals season and family gatherings, it’s only natural for us university students to long for some R&R. So do yourself a favour and treat yourself to an at-home manicure and facial – you’ll feel so much more refreshed and ready to take on the next semester with pretty nails and skin! Check out some of my favourite all natural facials from Free People.
Remember that you deserve this Christmas holiday! You’ve worked your butt off since September, so make the most of your free time by relaxing and indulging in your favourite activities. You’ll feel that much more refreshed and ready for another successful term at school. Happy holidays!
Katrina Owens is a 3rd year Communications student at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She’s passionate about all things PR, and takes pride in being a young and fashionable professional who can’t live without a good yoga sesh. For more of Katrina, check out her blog trineowens.wordpress.com, and follow her on twitter at @KatrinaOwensPR.
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