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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UMKC chapter.

December is always one of my favorite months of the year, partially because it means the end of the year and mostly because of the Christmas season. This holiday season will be a bit different for me because I won’t be able to spend as many days at home with family doing our regular traditions. Despite this, I will be continuing some of my normal festivities. If you’re looking for fun ways to spend this month or even the days leading up to Christmas, here are a few ideas. 

Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas 

This has been one of my favorite things to do in December since I was in elementary school. Once December 1 hits, Freeform — formerly known as ABC Family — will play a couple of holiday classics every day for 25 days. I could honestly sit in front of the television all day long watching these movies if I wasn’t actually in school. Some of my favorite classics are “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,”“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”and Disney’s“A Christmas Carol.” 

Hot Cocoa and “The Polar Express”

How can you not watch “The Polar Express” while drinking hot chocolate? Anytime I know the movie’s coming on, I have to pause to go make a cup. This is a chill way to relax after the day with friends or relax on the couch with family while enjoying a classic. The nice thing about “The Polar Express” is that it’s an older movie, so you can pretty much find it to stream anywhere. Don’t forget the whipped cream on top of the hot cocoa. 

Drive Around to See Lights

Even cooler than putting up your own lights is going around to view others’. I’m always in awe of how far people go to light up their houses, driveways and neighborhoods. My family used to be big on putting up lights around the outside of our entire house including the trees and bushes, but nowadays we just keep it within our home. I love going to light displays and seeing the creativity people have. I 10/10 recommend finding a display near you and driving or even walking around to see. Remember to bundle up of course. If you’re in the Kansas City area, here are a couple places to see cool light displays this year. 

The holiday season is always such an enjoyable time to be with friends and family. Spice it up this year with some new, fun activities that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. I know you can find me tomorrow in front of a screen watching one of my favorite holiday classics. 

I am a third year student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City medical program. When I am not starting a new TV show, I enjoy looking at new recipes, taking pictures, and laughing with other people.