Holiday Buzzed

Three Ways To Make Your Trip Home For The Holidays A Breeze

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There’s no question that Christmas is coming earlier and earlier each year. We’re just getting done with the season of ghouls and ghosts, Halloween, and I bet you you’ve already seen some instance of Christmas around you. Whether it’s a wreath around campus or an overzealous homeowner who already has their lights up, when the weather gets a little cooler, many already jump to get ready for the holiday season.

Therein lies the question: are you ready? As a college student, you might have a lot on your plate this time of year. You have to worry about picking classes for the spring semester as well as finals and projects whose deadlines are quickly approaching. It can get a little nerve-wracking to say the least. Luckily, there are things you can do now to help you stay on top of your game as you celebrate a much-needed holiday break. Here are some things to consider:

  • Start every day as if you have a purpose: In a blog post for GradGuard, the writer of the post recommends many things to help college students get organized, but one of the top things she talks about is living like a founding father, Benjamin Franklin. In the Autobiography of Ben Franklin, he wrote of the importance of waking up early and waking up with a vision in mind of what you want to do with your day. This will help you set goals and keep you organized as you try to take on the deadlines that you might have this time of year, so you can concentrate on fun.
  • Start and end your shopping online:Let me ask you a question: how much do you relish the idea of spending your days before the holidays going shopping at the mall? You’ll have to deal with lines, busy parking lots and very annoying Christmas music. I’m guessing you won’t like that very much at all. Rather than deal with these things, consider buying your gifts online. Ask your friends and family in advance what their wish lists are, so you can shop for them when you can, rather than when the mall is open.
  • Get ready for parties and get-togethers with friends: One of the best parts of going home for the holidays is getting together with friends and family to share war stories of the past semester. There’s no question that the holidays mean ample opportunities for parties. Will you be ready? One thing you’ll need is clothes. Certainly consider buying club wear if you want to go dancing, or your favorite ugly sweater if you have a few holiday parties in your future. By preparing in advance you’ll be ready to have fun when the time comes.

The holidays are coming before you know it. Although they can be a stressful time for many, the answer to enjoying them is to be ready in advance. Start today by preparing yourself with a few basic things like these, and you’ll have a head start on others, so you can enjoy the finer things – like eggnog and 24 hours of A Christmas Story.

About the author

Damon Jackson is a freelance writer from the Mid-Atlantic. He writes frequently on lifestyle topics, paying special attention to issues related to college. 

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