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25 Days Until Christmas

It’s finally that time of year! Fall semester is coming to an end, it’s cold and rainy outside, and the countdown to Christmas has begun. Only 25 more days, but so much to do!


With the winter season comes so many special activities and holiday festivities. Whether you plan on staying home all of break relaxing, hanging out with friends you haven’t seen, or going out and exploring, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare for Christmas.


For the people who like to stay home and relax with family watching movies by the fire, here are some things you can do to get into the holiday spirit. Find some Christmas recipes for cookies, brownies, or cakes. The holidays are all about the sweets so baking with or for your family is a great way to spread the Christmas cheer.


If you plan on staying in Berkeley for the winter break or nearby, my number one recommendation is to visit Union Square. One of the most beautiful places, with some of the best Christmas decorations. You can feel the magic in the air when you get there, with the beautiful ice skating rink and huge Christmas tree. Grab some hot chocolate, go shopping, and make a stop at the Cheesecake Factory for some peppermint cheesecake.


Need plans with friends? Check out the christmas lights around your town, make a gingerbread house, plan a Christmas movie marathon PJ party, or have a karaoke night singing your favorite Christmas music. The options are endless, get in touch with your creativity and you’ll have a great time!


Now for those who want to go above and beyond to spread the holiday cheer… volunteer!

Although the holidays are a fun time of being with family and receiving gifts, remember that not everyone is as fortunate. There are some people who can’t afford gifts, a dinner, or have nobody to celebrate with. There are so many people who are in need, but the holidays are also about giving, so give back to those who need it most. Volunteer at a toy drive and help get gifts to all the children who deserve them, but might not get them otherwise. Go to a homeless shelter and bring supplies or help out in the kitchen to feed those who are hungry. Donate canned foods to a local food bank. All of these are great ways to get involved and help those in your community. There are plenty of other ways to spread the cheer as well, so if you are willing and able, find a volunteer opportunity you’re interested in and get out there. Most importantly, be kind and remember that the holidays are a time of love and happiness so share that love and happiness with those around you.


Follow the links below to get involved:

Donate toys


Donate to your local food bank


Homeless shelters and food pantries in the Bay Area


More holiday volunteer opportunities


Arianna Ruiz

UC Berkeley '19

I am a graduating senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies. I'm passionate about journalism, and interested in both print and broadcast. I enjoy music festivals, Disneyland and binge watching my favorite movies/Netflix shows.
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