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Merry Christmas! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, every person can agree: Christmas has officially arrived. Unfortunately, school has not received the memo that we are ready for Christmas, so class is still in session. Let’s take this holiday season into our own hands and spread Christmas cheer! Here are four ways to make your last few weeks this semester at college merry and bright.


Buy a tiny Christmas tree for your desk! Target has several good options. I bought mine for $5, but they have bigger options for under $20. There are tinsel-covered options as well. Fairy lights are $5, and tiny ornaments are $3. You can decorate your tiny tree with lights and ornaments and make your room a winter wonderland! Cutting out paper snowflakes is another fun and inexpensive way to decorate your dorm for the holiday season. Look on YouTube or TikTok for intricate designs to follow and create a blizzard!

Movie Night

Watch holiday movies with your roommates. Try to create a healthy balance with your movie selections. Of course, there are Christmas comedies like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Home Alone, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Some of my favorite classic movies include White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Don’t forget to watch some nostalgic cartoons like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Polar Express, or A Charlie Brown Christmas. Maybe even watch some non-traditional Christmas movies, like Die Hard. Regardless of your holiday film of choice, gathering people you love together will make your night a merry one.

Bake Cookies

Time to break out the trusty pre-made cookie dough! Cookies are a staple of the Christmas season, and even though you aren’t at home, you can still make a bunch for your friends! There are three options for cookie perfection. First, you can bake your own from scratch. This method is a sure-fire way to make your friends love you forever. Next, you can buy pre-made cookie dough and bake them to share. Lastly, If you aren’t a baker or don’t have an oven, you can still buy pre-made cookies to share with your friends. Maybe even bring them to your holiday movie night!


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” – Buddy the Elf. Create several Christmas playlists to listen to all day long. Make one instrumental playlist for studying and another lyrical playlist for whenever you feel Christmas spirit! Streaming services have a variety of curated playlists if you would rather choose from their options. Regardless of your preferred method, Christmas music is essential to holiday ambiance, so get moving on your music!

Despite being at college, Christmas time is still on track! If you can’t help but count down the days until you get to go home, make a paper chain to add to your cozy dorm decorations. So what are you waiting for? Make a cup of hot chocolate, grab a candy cane, and get to work decorating! Make this Christmas season the best yet, and spread joy to everyone around you!

Hi! I'm Abrielle. I'm a freshman at GCU studying Communications.
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