December 20, 2012

Preventing seasonal boredom

Holiday decor along 4th Street Live!

Holiday decor along 4th Street Live!

By Esther Lee–

The month-long holiday break is time to unwind from the semester’s exhausting workload, but there’s no reason to sit around and let those Christmas calories get the best of you. The absolute worst is realizing it’s the day after Christmas and there’s still three cold months to survive. Here are some suggestions to keep from being bored out of your mind this winter break.

1. Bake some cookes so Santa Claus will have something to eat when he drops by. Also, don’t forget the milk- if you need something last minute, you can always take some from the Ville Grill.

Clean out the chimney. Self-explanatory.

2. Oh, referring to #1, don’t forget to get something for the reindeer. Carrots or apples should suffice. Again, if you need something last minute, take some fruit from the Ville Grill.

3. Get some mistletoe. Get one just in case that cutie from class comes over. You never know! Keep your holiday spirits up! This might secure your New Year’s kiss as well.

4. Watch “Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on CBS. Warm yourself next to the fireplace with some hot chocolate and marshmallows (and maybe a Snuggie) as you sing along with the misfit toys.

5. Shopping for presents. Hopefully you took advantage of Black Friday. Good for you if you did! You just saved yourself some money and five pounds after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner by running around getting that TV from Best Buy or a LeapPad2 Explorer from Toys R Us. If not, don’t fret! Holidays  equals sales. Hit the mall, grab some German roasted nuts from the seasonal kiosk and Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, and seek out those sales.

6. Hang decorations. Beat your neighbors with the most festive lights

7. Gather up family and friends and do the Snow Dance. Wouldn’t you want to be able to make your own Frosty for the winter season?

8. Sing Christmas carols. Break out into song while all of your peers are studying at the Ekstrom Library just as if you were part of the Glee or High School Musical cast.

9. Be giving. Not everyone has enough food for the holidays, nonetheless throughout the year. At the least, don’t ignore the person standing next to the Salvation Army red kettles and ringing their bell.

10. Try fast food restaurants’ holiday items, i.e. Arby’s Peppermint Stick Swirl Shake and McDonald’s Holiday Mint McFlurry.

11. Check out the Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville MEGA Cavern. It’s 17 miles of underground passageway that is completely transformed to a holiday light display. They also play familiar holiday music, so you can sing along. I’ve gone the past two years, and it’s always been fun! Word of advice: grab a cup of coffee from Thorton’s before you go because it might get a little chilly when you crank down the windows to hear the music.

12. Make snow angels and have snow fights. You’re never too old. For efficiency, do No. 8 first.

13. Do other snow related things: sledding, skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Again for efficiency, do No. 8 first.

14. Tune to 106.9FM for holiday music. Self-explanatory.

15. Eat gingerbread cookies and drink eggnog. But not too much. You don’t want to make that New Year’s resolution to start working out and never do. Stay strong!

16. Lastly, although overstated and cliche, don’t forget the true importance of the holidays. It’s not just about presents or food or holiday music! But those things do make it more fun.

Happy holidays!

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Photo: Lara Kinne/The Louisville Cardinal

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