By Jackie Kelly
Elm Staff Writer
The holidays are almost here, so I figured my last C-Town scoop could be a jumble of things that will help you have an awesome winter break. As great as it is to be at home, things start to get a little monotonous after a couple of weeks, but hopefully some of these suggestions will help make your time at home a little more exciting.
I know when I’m at home I take full advantage of having home-cooked meals. Home and holidays bring great food, so why not eat guilt free? Instead of sitting around on the couch all of break, go to your nearby gym and purchase a month-long gym membership. It will be the perfect amount of time, since we are home for more than a month, and many fitness centers offer discounts for students. A good workout will keep you from feeling like a sloth, and you won’t have to worry about not taking full advantage of the delicious food at home. Sounds like a win-win to me!
With all of this 60 degree weather in December, who knows if we’ll have any snow. In the event that we do, grab a group of friends and go sledding. Looking for something a little more extreme? Load in the car and find the nearest place to go skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. Check online for a place near you and make sure to check out their specials. Many times places will have discounts for students or deals such as which times of the day ticket rates are lower.
If you’re looking for something completely free, or comparatively cheaper, then find your nearest state park or hiking trails, bundle up, and grab your friends and family to join you on a hike. It’s a fun way to spend the day, especially if this spring weather keeps up, and you’re getting out of the house to help you to keep from going stir crazy.
If you are really not into snow or just feel like staying in, make a list of all of the movies you have wanted to watch this semester, but just didn’t have time because of classes and assignments. Grab food, drinks, and friends and get comfortable on the couch for a movie marathon. It’s a great way to stay warm and relaxed, but still have a blast. We’re all so busy during the semester that it seems like sometimes we don’t have time for anything else. Over break is a great time to read that new book before the movie form comes out in theatres (“The Hunger Games,” anyone?), or to start watching that show you’ve always wanted to see but it came on during the week when you were bogged down with work.
Worried about your money situation- or lack thereof? Aren’t we all? Go on a little job search while you’re home. Many times you can contact your employer from the summer to see if they have any work available for you over the winter weeks you’re home. If not, then look at somewhere like a restaurant or a coffee shop to earn a few extra bucks while you’re at home. Another great way to have money is to save money. This holiday season, give baked goods as gifts. They show that you were thinking of the person, and who doesn’t love delicious desserts?
Break is the perfect time to catch up with all of your friends that you haven’t seen in a while. Get your group together to go shopping, play a game, or just get lunch. Have a bonfire in someone’s back yard to stay warm and to bring everyone back together. Plan a fun and safe way to spend New Year’s Eve together. Volunteer at a local shelter together or flashback to your younger days by going ice-skating. The possibilities are endless.
I hope some of the ideas in the column will help add to an amazing break. Make sure to catch up on your sleep, spend plenty of time with friends and family, enjoy your holidays, and take a much-needed month of relaxation before you head back to WC in January and get back to the grind. Chestertown will miss you. Be safe and have fun. Happy Holidays!