It’s Basically Christmas: Six Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit (for those who celebrate the holiday)

  1. Clear your schedule for Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Freeform, previously ABC Family, continues its annual tradition of back-to-back screenings of almost all the Christmas movies you can possibly think of. Everything from The Santa Clause movies to those weird Mickey Mouse holiday movies that you vaguely remember from your childhood. With finals taking up the half of the best month of the year, flipping the channel onto Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas is a great way to take a much needed study break.

  1. Start blasting your Mariah Carey
OMG! It’s Mariah Carey with Santa Claus!

With Christmas right around the festively decorated corner, it’s Mariah Carey’s most popular time of the year. There is nothing like blasting your favorite holiday tunes and basking in all the Christmas joy. Your sweet sweet Christmas tunes can brighten up any car ride… or fifteen hour study session… or a party… basically anywhere and everywhere. Bonus points if you sing along.

  1. Decorate EVERYTHING
I’m just down right impressed.

Put up your snowmen, your Santa’s, your snowflakes, your lights. Go get yourself a tree and cover it in ornaments until you can’t even see the tree anymore. Cover your outer world with jolly and merriment, and your inner one should follow in suit.

  1. Get to the Baking

It is a scientific fact that everyone’s baking ability increases by one thousand percent around Christmas time! There’s not way to go wrong with baking. There are cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, and lots of other yummy deliciousness. Plus, learning some family holiday recipes is a fun way to bond with your family. And if baking isn’t your thing, you can sample what everyone else is making. Plus, who doesn’t love building their own gingerbread house?

  1. Get Crafty
So cute!

This is the time to explore your artistic ability. Everyone loves a homemade gift from the heart, and it is especially great gift to give if you are a college student on the precipice of bankruptcy. It can be therapeutic to make something with your hands (and cheap).This is also a good tip for when you are decorating. A few pieces of construction paper, some scissors, a little elbow grease, and VIOLA… your room is Santa approved!

  1. Check out the events going on in the area
Oh, heck yeah!

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than surrounding yourself with it. There are plenty events to check out in the College Station area before you head home for the holidays. First and foremost, there is a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater at 5:30 PM on Friday (11/17). December 1st through the 3rd, Christmas in the Park will be taking place from Stephen C. Beachy Central Park from 6-10 PM. There will be numerous free activities: lights absolutely everywhere, cookies and hot coco, hayrides, and the option to take pictures with Santa Claus ($5 for a professional photo). There’s plenty more going on, including Santa’s Wonderland and the Nutcracker Ballet at Rudder.

-Abigail Mitchell

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