Creative Christmas Break Ideas

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Merry Christmas everyone! It's Elizabeth here, offering creative insight into cool things you can do over Christmas break. 

I don't know about you, but I always have the best intentions to do cool stuff over the break. But then sleeping late, Netflix, and PJ's happen and--BAM--January.  

Don't get me wrong, it's okay to have a few Netflix and PJ days during Christmas break. Actually, it's absolutely necessary. But it's also necessary to not waste the time we always want but never have. The time is now! You have a whole break. So do cool things. 

What cool things, you ask? Well that's up to you. But I just so happened to brainstorm some ideas. Take your pick! 

1. Explore your hometown. It's easy to get bored with our hometowns because we think we've done and seen everything there is to do and see. But no matter how many times you've been around the block, there will always be some hidden gem in that town of yours, waiting to be discovered. It may be a new coffee shop, an unexplored row of books in the public library, random garage sales, or a hole in the wall restaurant. I checked out a newly refurbished coffee shop the last time I was home, and it turned out to be a refreshing addition to the city of Ruston and my entire visit.  

2. Hike to the highest point (within a manageable radius). Now, I'm from Louisiana, and it'd be really easy for me to skip over this one with the excuse that there are no "highest points" in the flat, farmland of Louisiana, but I beg to differ. Last Christmas, my brothers and I did some research, and we found Mt. Driscoll: 20 minutes from my house and a whopping 535 feet. It took about 15 minutes to hike to the top, but once we reached the summit there was a guest book and everything! So google the highest point around you and start hiking. It could be fun and you might see some nature. 

3. Make a reading list. I'll be honest, this is my favorite. I love compiling a list of all the books I've wanted to read for years, curling up by the fire, and plowing through that list one check-mark at a time. Not a huge reader? No worries, just do the same with movies, video games, or online articles. Whatever your medium of choice, make a list of items you want to add to your repertoire and start checking them off! Once I read the entire Harry Potter series over Christmas break and simultaneously watched all the movies. It was one of the most magical breaks ever.

4. Apply to MC! Yes, people, yes. Christmas break is a perfect time to apply to all of those colleges and scholarships you've been putting off--so why not MC? The online application is quick and easy, and it's a good idea to have lots of options. So clickity click right here and get started!  

5. Catch up with friends. Maybe you're not as close to your high school friends as you once were. No problem. That's normal. But it's always fun to have a mini-reunion with your group of friends you used to chill with in high school. I had a group of girlfriends in high school that were all in the same small group and ate at the same lunch table. Even though, four years later, I don't personally keep up with all of them, we still enjoy getting together to watch a movie or look at Christmas lights and reminisce old memories. 

6. Go on a mini-road trip. Once my friend and I just started driving with no plan and no idea where we were going. It was a blast and we ended up seeing some pretty sweet places that we wouldn't have explored otherwise. Make sure you have a fully charged phone and google maps on hand, just in case. Just start driving and see where the road takes you! 

7. Make up some random fun. Maybe you're not the most creative person. That's okay, but what's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never did? Well, if it's within your means and your budget, why not go for it? I've always wanted to make funny "For Narnia" videos with my brother. And you know what, I think I'm going to do it. The possibilities are endless: make a podcast with your friend, plan a progressive dinner, make snow angels in the sand box. Dream big and make sure you have photo evidence. 

Well that's all for today folks. I'm sure there's many more great ideas out there waiting to be discovered! So make time for lazy Netflix and PJ's days, but also make time to do the big things--the fun, completely random things (pics or it didn't happen). Make it a Christmas break to remember! 

Wishing you the merriest Christmas, 

Elizabeth "For Narnia" Moore

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