What to do to bring some excitement to winter break

McKenzie Hendrix, Reporter

Winter break is quickly approaching, which means time off school. While that’s exciting, many people find it hard to find things to entertain themselves. Most people hang out with their friends or watch movies and sit around at home. There are only so many things that you can do before you get tired of it. But, there are other, more active things to spice up your winter break. 

  • Drive around and look at Christmas decorations and lights.

Many people decorate for the holiday season. Some of those people go all-out with their decorations. If you find the right neighborhood, driving around with family or friends to look at lights is a great way to spend your time. The Heritage Hills neighborhood is known for its bright lights, with the NE 28th Street  cul-de-sac showing one of the largest displays. Try adding some classic holiday music to add to the mood. 

  • Be a kid again; go outside and go sledding or build a snowman.

Get bundled up and get some friends or family to go outside with you. Building snowmen may be “for kids” to some people, but it’s a fun way to spend extra time. Find a good hill to go sledding on. The hill on 36th street, right next to Anderson Grove elementary, is ideal for fast and furious sledding. It’s a great way to bond with family and friends and is super fun.

  • Throw a holiday party. 

If you’re the type of person who loves parties and spending time with friends, throwing a holiday themed party is a fantastic way to spend the day. Think of fun activities to do with your guests: a gingerbread house station, a cookie decorating station or even a place where people can make their own ornaments. Don’t forget the Christmas classics; put on a holiday movie everyone enjoys or Christmas music people can sing along with. 

  • Have a holiday movie marathon.  

There are plenty of holiday movies you can watch. Find your favorites and make a list of all the movies you want to watch. Watch by yourself or with someone you enjoy spending time with. Get warm blankets, some snacks and your favorite holiday drink. Watching these movies can put you more in the mood for the holiday. Some holiday movies that many people enjoy are “Home Alone,” “Elf,” and “A Christmas Story.”

  • Don’t resist the urge to hibernate. 

It’s important to stay active over break, but remember not to be ashamed to take some down time for yourself. Consider reading a good book, spending time with your pets or watching your favorite show. It’s also important to remember that you need at least 20 minutes a day outdoors to stay mentally and physically healthy. 

Winter break is exciting for a lot of people. For others, it’s difficult because they don’t have things or people to entertain themselves with. If you have a friend or family member you know will be discouraged to do anything but stay in bed, try to cheer them up and convince them to have a good time with you.