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Wonderous Wintertime Things

Autumn leaves are falling and disappearing which means the holidays are just around the corner. Finals are creeping up on you and the homework is adding up. The air is frosty and the sky looks white in the morning. Winter is just around the corner and everyone can feel it! While sometimes the lack of sun and biting cold can get you down, here is a list of things to look forward to as December arrives.

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Shopping for Presents

Both a gift and a curse, and it doesn’t have to break your wallet. There are so many places to get cute, inexpensive things for the people you love (check out the dollar section at Target). You get to take an afternoon to curl ribbon, tape paper, and make beautiful packages. Then, you get to see the look on your friends and family’s faces as they open your gift.

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2. The First Snow

There are few things in this world more delicate and romantic than a snowfall. The air has been cold for weeks but finally, the little white crystals fall from the sky and, even if just for a moment, time stops. Even though it looks silly, stick out your tongue and try to catch a couple. The world will be frosted until it melts and you might even score a day off of school or work.

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3. Hot Drinks

Cider, cocoa, hot coffee, tea . . . Winter is the season of hot drinks and a time to celebrate them. It is socially acceptable to drink three mugs of hot chocolate in a day and maybe even go back for a fourth. Not only do they give you an energy boost, but they warm you up inside and out as you hold them.

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4. Time Off

Winter is the time for taking a few days off of work and spending them with people you love. Even if you’re not surrounded by your family, you still get a few days to recover and recalibrate before the coming spring. It gives you a moment to breathe and just take care of yourself even as the winter blues set in.

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5. Blankets, Lots of Blankets

There is no better excuse to cover yourself with soft, fuzzy things than a cold day. You can cover yourself in two, three, four, blankets and burrow down for a movie or to read a book. You can truly make yourself a comfortable nest to exist in,even if only for a little while.

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6. Going Home

Tis the season for seeing all of your relatives, near and far and whether that’s a blessing or a curse is for you to decide yourself. Going to your hometown or to a relative’s home can bring you a sense of community larger than yourself. Home is filled with love. Be it your blood family or your found family, there is always a place for you to go and people who want nothing more than to hug you and talk about times past with you.

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7. Decorative Lights

No matter where you live, be it a college campus, a super festive neighborhood, anywhere, there will be festive lights. Driving around at night and seeing them or checking out your local botanical gardens can be a fun winter event. Golden bulbs strung on tree branches, fairy lights in windows, glowing red and green rooftops, lights can make the world seem so much more magical than on a day to day basis.

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8.Traditions

Whatever your religion and what you celebrate, there are some things you’re bound to do every winter. Things that you and your family and friends do together or individually. Hang up your stockings, play scrabble in the kitchen, bake cookies together, anything that happens every year, or almost every year, is something wonderful to look forward to.

 

 
Hey there,  I'm an outgoing introvert at Old Dominion University. I've lived all across the globe but my hometown is Charlottesville, VA, nestled in the Shanendoah Mountains. Only on an adventure do I feel I can truly connect with the earth. Majoring in Graphic Design, writing for Her Campus, working as a Campus Ambassador, participating as a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma Service Sorority, and being part of the Civic Scholars program, I've got my hands full. When I'm not working or hiking, I'm writing or planning event nights for my friends. I love being outdoors and I spend every moment I can exploring and traveling. I watch a little too much netflix and run an independant literary-arts magazine for emerging authors and artists. Check Sincerely Magazine out and be sure to submit some of your work. I hope you enjoy my rambles because days are simply too short to be bored, Kieran Rundle
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