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Get into the holiday spirit

It’s getting close to the end of the year, and we all know what that means. It’s holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the most extravagant holidays ever, and it’s easy to get caught up in the waves of cheerful madness. For some people though, such as stressed out college students, the end of the year means something different. For some it’s getting close to graduation, and for others it’s time to work extra hard to ace finals and pass those critical classes. It might be hard to get into the holiday spirit due to a stressful college life, but it’s important to enjoy yourself during the most wonderful time of the year.

Decorate

Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit more than festive décor. Depending on which holiday you want to decorate for (some people skip Thanksgiving and decorate only for Christmas), you can plan how crazy you want your decorations to be. According to Pinterest, the holiday season is the only time where it is acceptable to be as outrageous and as tacky as you want with your decorations, so don’t be afraid to go all out. If you’re decorating for Thanksgiving, then go ahead and shower your home with festive garlands, pumpkins, leaves and various shares of oranges and yellows. Do whatever you need to create the perfect Thanksgiving setting. If you’re decorating for Christmas, then you pretty much have no limit to what you can do. You can put up a tree, decorate your yard, hang lights everywhere and make your home as gaudy and Christmas-y as you can get it.

Get Creative

Gather up a bunch of your friends and do a bunch of DIY activities that cater towards the holidays. You can bake and decorate festive cookies that look like Christmas trees or snowmen. You and your friends can decorate a tree together and even make your own ornaments. Fox17 online has a tutorial for making customized snow globes. It’s a great way to push yourself into the holidays and do something fun with your friends. The sky is the limit when it comes to making your own decorations, and you can have your own personalized decorations as well.

Listen to holiday music

Listening to holiday music always gets me in the mood for the holidays. According to The Odyssey Online, Christmas and Thanksgiving music all have a certain tune that will make you think of the holidays. Listening to music can help you think of all the good holiday memories that you have made over the years, and can get you excited for the good times you’ll have during the season.

Go look at Christmas Lights

The holiday season is a time where people can show off their decorating skills by creating beautiful images with holiday lights. Go to a Christmas festival or even drive around some local neighborhoods to see all the beautiful outdoor decorations that have been created with Christmas lights. Most holiday festivals offer food, warm drinks and many other holiday activities that will get you in the mood for some festive fun.

Throw a Party

If you’re away from home, it can be kind of hard to get into the holiday spirit without having your family around. Throwing a party is an easy way to jump into the holidays.  Artofmanliness.com said that planning the food, decorations and tunes will thrust you head first into the holidays. You can throw an ugly Christmas sweater party, a pajama party or even a Christmas costume party. No matter which one, your friends and family will be there with you to enjoy the holidays. The warm atmosphere and familiar company will put you in the mood to have a happy holiday season.

There are plenty of other ways to get into the holiday spirt. But no matter what you do, the holidays are a time to enjoy yourself and surround yourself with people that you love. So, no matter what the holiday season brings, as long as you’re happy you’ll definitely feel the joy of the best time of the year.

Story and photo by Chloe Bradshaw, Staff Writer.

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