It is that time of year again, folks. Hot chocolate, snow, the scent of evergreen. I am SO EXCITED y’all you have no idea. Christmas is my favorite time of year, without a doubt. There’s something about being with your family, fireplaces and cozy blankets, and the feeling that for a few weeks, the whole world is at peace (even though I know that isn’t always the case).
Unfortunately, as a college student, there are some drawbacks when it comes to getting ready for Christmas. Mainly, I won’t be done with exams until December 15th. That means that there are roughly 22 days of Christmas decorating, activities, and fun that UNC students at least can’t fully partake in.
Here’s my guide for being as Christmas-y as possible while you’re stuck at school (featuring the dorm room of Yours Truly).
Mini Christmas trees are perhaps the best way to bring festivity into your living space. Mine has tiny ornaments, and golden star tinsel!
I’m a sucker for good wall art, and I actually made this one for my sister! It’s based on a video from my favorite YouTuber, Bethany Mota, and all I did was use Reindeer head outlines to guide where the gold paint went, and used red and burgundy nail polish for the noses. I’m obsessed with it.
(Here's a link to Bethany's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGVlvWgDPbk)
I think decorating is all in the details, so I have a few trinkets that I place around my room. I've got a green and red plaid blanket and a Christmas throw pillow for my bed, and a picture frame and little stocking to help fill the room with all-around ~merriment~
I love baking cookies, my favorite of which are sugar cookies with a Chai tea packet emptied into the dough. It adds a nice flavor, without being too overwhelming. Hot tea, hot chocolate, and reading always feel so cozy and lovely to me.
I'm a crafty person, and it's great because not only is it therapeutic, but you get a cool product out of it! Every year, I make at least one present for everyone in my immediate family. I love how personal it is.
A plethora of Christmas movies awaits you on Netflix and even your local library. I’ve always loved 'White Christmas', 'Eloise at Christmastime', and 'Elf'. You can also see if there are any Christmas events on campus, or if there's somewhere nearby to go ice skating!
I hope this helped you get into a holiday mood! Merry Christmas!
I am a September baby, which may be the root of my love for fall. I love dark chocolate, popcorn, and I do actually like brussel sprouts. I'm the kind of person that listens to a Christmas song in September. (But only one. I don't want to ruin the ~magic~).