I donít know about you, but Iím officially starting to count down to the holiday
season. I love the colder weather, the warm sweaters and the Christmas carols at the mall, but I really enjoy not being in school for weeks at a time. Now, Iím a pretty decent student, but even the best and the brightest need a break from time to time, and Iím getting rather antsy to start mine.
The only problem is that Christmas (Hanukah, Kwanzaa, etcÖ) break is feels so far away, and all the tests before make it even harder. That makes it tough on those of us whoíd rather just snuggle down into warm beds on cold mornings and skip the whole yellow school bus thing all together. Fortunately, Iíve brainstormed some ways to help all of us make it through to the holidays:
Start Christmas Shopping
If youíre waiting anxiously for the Christmas spirit to start up, you can go ahead and get inspired by the festive bug now. Many stores are already stocking up for Christmas
and even are having sales. Every weekend, head out for a bit of Christmas shopping. Buy a few fun things for friends and come home to wrap them up. Make a little stack in the corner of your room with your wrapped presents and watch it grow every week. Doing just a bit of shopping at a time, over the weekends especially, will help you feel festive and bright and let you have more free time when the shops are so crowded during your actual break.
If youíre having a hard time enjoying whatever your teacher is forcing you to do in school, you can still enjoy your friends between classes and at lunch. Make things extra fun by getting your lunch table organized into a pot luck of sorts every Friday. Everyone brings a yummy food to share with the group instead of a boring lunch, it will be something to look forward to and a nice way to end the week. If the beginning of each week is making things extra tough, spend time each weekend baking a treat and then bring those brownies or cookies with you to school every Monday to share with friends and romantic interests.
Get a Purpose
Things are always more interesting when you have a purpose. Encourage your club or group of friends to start collecting food for those who canít afford Thanksgiving
or Christmas dinners. Bring old jackets and blankets to donate to those less fortunate and ask to set up a giant tree in the cafeteria.
If you have permission, you can set up the tree and then encourage students to bring gifts for children in unfortunate circumstances. Everyone likes to feel like they are doing something to help and bringing a wrapped gift labeled for a particular gender is a nice way to watch the holidays get closer and give your entire school a community focus.