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Non-Lame Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Break

Non-Lame Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Break

It’s not often you have two blissful (if all too brief) weeks away from school. You could spend the time rewatching all of Gilmore Girls–and we’re not telling you not to do that, because you could spend 145 hours in much worse ways. Or, you could make the absolute most of it. Here are a few ways to do just that.

Read that extra long book you've been meaning to
A novel that’s any longer than 400 pages can be daunting, especially when you have lit class assignments and textbooks—so many textbooks!—to worry about. But winter break gives you an all-too-rare opportunity to read that 5-pound masterpiece that’s been taking up room on your bookshelf for months. Reading The Luminaries (848 pages), The Goldfinch (784 pages), A Little Life (720 pages), or any of the last four Harry Potter books is not unlike bingeing a TV show—a commitment, sure, but the satisfaction is huge. Especially if there's snow in the forecast and a fireplace and/or cocoa on hand.

Do something (anything!) creative
Whether you consider yourself a capital-C creative or not, people who do creative things live happier, more fulfilled, and generally superior-in-every-aspect lives. So, like, what do you have to lose? There’s nothing stopping you from *being* one of those people.

Sit down and write for an hour
Grab a notebook—or your laptop, we’re not here to judge—and put some words on paper. You can write about anything; all that matters is that you write something. It’s cathartic and therapeutic and all those other good-for-you feelings that you need when holiday stress kicks in. You don’t have to go all dear diary on a journal or anything (unless you want to!); if you’re not into being ~confessional~, try fiction or poetry.

Finally try meditation
No matter how many times we—or so called self-help experts—promise that meditation shouldn’t be intimidating, sometimes it just is. We get it. But since you suddenly have an embarrassment of free time on your hands, toss your phone out of said hand, and spend 10 minutes deep-breathing with your eyes closed. No, seriously, we’ll wait. That was easy, right? Congrats, you just meditated. (Or if it wasn't that easy, check out Headspace.)

Watch a holiday movie that's older than your grandparents
Home Alone will forever remain a flawless movie that’s worth watching at minimum every December (we’ve been known to put it on repeat on Christmas Eve…). But don’t let your love for Kevin McCallister blind you from worthy Christmas movies starring fair-isle sweater bedecked protagonists who are over the age of 8. Try Meet Me in St. Louis (with Wizard of Oz's wiz kid Judy Garland), White Christmas (with George Clooney's famous-before-he-was-born aunt Rosemary), and—duh—A Christmas Story (with some of the best circa-'40s fashion of any movie made).

Volunteer...but seriously
Feeling overwhelmed with all the family time? Get out of the house, grab a friend (or don't!), and head to a soup kitchen, an animal shelter, a nursing home, or literally anywhere else that can use an extra hand. "Tis the season, after all.

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