– If you don’t like a gift, by all means exchange it. But if you can’t exchange it, take it those in need instead of tossing into a closet thinking you might use it in the future. There are plenty of people who would appreciate and love the gifts you got as duplicates or things you don’t really like. And while you’re taking those weird gifts to the local charity, scoop up the clothing and room items you’ve cleaned out as well to take those along to others who can put them to good use. Encourage other family members to do the same.
Spend Time as a Family
– The holidays
bring out the best and worst of families. Now that the stress and fun of the actual holiday is over, make it a point to sit down with your family and invite some friends over to watch the movies you collected in your stocking. If you’re like me, you easily got three or four new movies. If your friends and siblings all bring their new movies, too, your family will have plenty to watch and your parents might just understand you a bit better at the end of the movie marathon.Get Back in Touch with Others
– In a perfect scenario, you wrote lovely Christmas cards to all of your friends and family members. But if you’re like the other 99% of us out there, you can now use this week to send a thank you over for a gift or just a late card to catch up. Personally, I prefer writing a short message on a wall or sending emails, but snail mail does have a rather special feel to it if you have enough time, stationary and stamps to make an impact on your friends you haven’t seen in a while.
Make Some Plans – As the year winds down, start making plans for the next year. Why not dream big? And when you get done dreaming, pick up the homework you need to finish up before the holiday are over so that you’re starting the next year on the right foot academically at least.