It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (Did you sing it in your head too?!) No school, time to chill, and lots of food to be eaten. No matter where you’re spending the holiday break, here are the top things you must do before you start classes again in January. (P.S. These also work as ways to procrastinate studying for your exams.)
1. Make a gingerbread house
This is the best because you get to make it and you get to eat it! You can find a gingerbread house kit at any grocery store, so pick one up and check this off the bucket list! Bonus points if you make your gingerbread from scratch!
2. Do some holiday baking
What would the holidays be without some baking? If you aren’t into it or you aren’t the best baker, no worries. Need some inspiration? Check out these tasty holiday desserts from around the world.
3. Watch holiday movies
Here are some of my favourites: Elf, A Rugrats Kwanzaa, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and 8 Crazy Nights. Snuggle up with some of the wonderful holiday baking you did and a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!
4. Start researching summer jobs
I know it seems early, but if you start looking now you’ll be way less stressed in the long run. It’s never too early to start networking and making those connections.
5. Look at the pretty lights
This is one of my personal favourites. Drive or walk around and look at all the holiday lights, and if you’re feeling extra ambitious maybe snap a lit (get it?) insta pic.! Sit and enjoy the light of the candles in your Menorah or Kinara.
6. Donate to those in need
Whether you can donate some food or just some pocket change, it all helps. Local foodbanks and shelters such as Feed Nova Scotia are always in desperate need of donations.
7. Look into places to study abroad
This is the perfect time to start thinking about going on exchange next year. Depending on what you’re studying, Dal has almost 100 international exchange options available to you—everywhere from Australia to Wales—and even funding sources to help keep your costs down! The application deadline for fall 2018 and winter 2019 exchanges is Jan. 31, 2018, so start exploring!
8. Go sledding and/or skating
This is, of course, weather dependent. However, if there is snow or a skating rink where you are, we highly recommend you go for a skate or a toboggan ride. If you’re in Halifax on January 1, drop by the Emera Oval on the Commons for a big skating party to celebrate the start of Dal’s 200th anniversary!
9. Build a snowman
If there’s snow tap into your inner child and build a snowman!
10. Sing carols
This is pretty self-explanatory. It’s an awesome way to spread some cheer. If you’re feeling extra ambitious you could ask for food or monetary donations for organizations in need.
11. Catch up with friends
If you’re like me are and are not from around here, then going home for the holidays is the perfect time catch up with friends! Make some plans to get together!
12. Get ready for the winter term
Sorry to even mention it, but the break is the perfect time to get ready for the winter term. Get your agenda ready, get your class schedule finalized, book appointments with advisors or profs, and start looking into workshops and events you can check out in January (find them on the Student Events calendar in Halifax and the DASA and Student Success Centre Facebook pages in Truro)!
13. Read a book
If you’re like me and have been drowning in readings all semester, the break is the perfect time to read a book for purely for fun and enjoyment. Imagine that.
Once exams are over you don’t really have an excuse anymore, so maybe start your New Year’s resolution early and start that exercise over the break so you come back for winter term ready!
15. Get in some quality family time
Your family and friends definitely miss you when you’re in school—make sure you’re spending time with them! Break out the dreidel or the Monopoly and have a game night, or check off some of the items on this list together.
Hey, you’ve earned it! Sleep in, have a Netflix binge-watching day, and don’t get out of your pajamas until dinner. (You know you want to do it at least once!)
Is there anything we missed or anything you think it a must? Let us know in the comments below!
Kauri wants to do ALL the holiday things!