1. Go to watch a Christmas tree lighting. There is something magical about going to a tree lighting surrounded by a large group of people who are in the holiday spirit.

  2. Go ice skating. When people think of a picturesque Christmas, they normally imagine ice-skating somewhere in the mix. You may live in an area where you will not get any snow, but find the nearest ice rink and imagine you are having a White Christmas.

  3. Bake cookies. Whether you indulge in eating a dozen by yourself, or give them to your friends, family, or neighbors, bake those cookies. Something about baking cookies screams Christmas break.

  4. Learn how to make your grandmother’s famous recipe. You will not regret having a “sharing the kitchen” with grandma moment. Your grandma has worked hard all these years on her famous recipe. Do yourself and the generations to come a favor and learn it.

  5. Volunteer at a homeless shelter/soup kitchen. So often we get caught in the holiday rush that we forget that there are people out there that have no home, warm clothing, or food. It is a humbling experience to go help those in need, especially during the holiday season.

  6. Read an entire book. This may sound lame, but there is nothing like curling up by the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa, and reading something that you are actually interested in.

  7. Go sledding and build a snowman. This is self-explanatory. Go be a big kid.

  8. Put down the phone and have a meaningful conversation with a family member you never talk to. Whether you never talk because this relative lives across the country or there has been a severed relationship, be the first one to reach out and mend a relationship or just catch up.

  9. Shop the After-Christmas sales. Who doesn’t love sales? Plus, you’ll have a little extra money from Christmas. 

  10. SLEEP. It has been said that we need 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but who actually is lucky enough to do that? Do yourself a favor and get caught up on sleep.

  11. Send a card or a care box to a deployed service member. Many men and women will not be home for the holidays because they will be fighting for our freedom. Let them know how much you appreciate them and send them some holiday cheer.

  12. Buy a planner for 2017 and get everything organized for the upcoming year. Getting yourself organized for the upcoming year will allow you to take on and complete 2017 successfully.

  13. Binge watch Netflix. With the fast pace of school, jobs, and life, we do not have much extra time to spend with our beloved Netflix. Take an afternoon and get caught up on House of Cards, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who, or whatever you enjoy.

  14. Create an exercise/healthy-eating plan for the new year. Next year, do not focus on the scale, but focus on the being your happiest and healthiest self. The more you take care of yourself, the better you will feel.

  15. Send thank you cards to people who have helped and encouraged you through the year. Let the people that helped you make it through 2016 know that you appreciate them.

  16. Buy the order of the person behind you in the drive-thru. Surprises are sweet. Pay for someone’s order in the drive-thru and hopefully they will pay it forward.

  17. Try out a new hobby. What is something you have wanted to try? Go try it.

  18. Make brunch for family and/or friends. There’s something special about being gathered around the table, laughing, and sharing stories with loved ones. Check out Pinterest for some great brunch ideas.

  19. Treat yourself to a professional blow-dry, manicure, and a new outfit for a Christmas party. Pamper yourself. You’ve had a crazy year and now is the time to spoil yourself.

  20. Grab your favorite blanket, snuggle on the couch, and watch Christmas movies all afternoon. Whether you prefer “White Christmas” or “Elf,” snuggle up on the couch and try to watch as many Christmas movies as you can. You never know, you may find a new favorite holiday movie.

  21. Play Secret Santa. Whether you want to be serious or funny, this is a good way to have fun and give gifts without spending a bunch of money.

  22. Get out of town. There is something that is freeing about leaving home for a while. It allows you to have a mental break from reality. Sometimes, especially after a crazy year (2016), it’s nice to get away and be a stranger in a new place.

  23. Deep clean your room/house. This is the last thing people want to do over a break, but when it is done you will feel so much better.

  24. Play tourist in your hometown. Whether you live in a big city or small town, act like a tourist and do something you have never done before.

  25. Take some time to reflect over 2016. Let’s be real here. 2016 may have given us some gray hair. Between the presidential election, school, dealing with snowflakes, and everything else, you need to reflect. Chances are you haven’t taken the chance to soak it all in. Grab a notebook and sit in the quiet for as long as you need to. Write down some great memories or some things that you have learned. 2017 is a brand new year.

 

Lauren P
FFL Cabinet Member
Lauren is a mid-west girl. She is majoring in public relations and serves as PR manager for her school's College Republicans chapter. You can find Lauren drinking coffee, watching Fox News, spreading the FFL message, or listening to music. She has a desire to travel and explore new places. She has a passion for the conservative movement and hopes to help young women realize that conservatism is empowering.

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