In light of Halloween weekend, one can’t help but start to get excited for the holiday season.
I mean, who isn’t already putting Christmas lights up in their dorm?
The storm of holidays is the perfect way to end the fall semester. It’s a blessing to all the UT students crawling their way to class the last two weeks, bleary-eyed and still a little jittery from last night’s caffeine high at the PCL.
This past Halloweekend was a stress reliever from all those midterms.
And the party is just getting started.
In three weeks, there will be even more incentive to pack on those extra calories at Thanksgiving. By the end of a pricey first semester in college, you’ll be more than ready to stuff your face with mom and dad’s free food.
Luckily for UT students, Austin holds an annual five-mile run through the city known as the “Turkey Trot.” Participants can go at their own pace: walking, jogging, sprinting or even actually trotting.
There’s nothing better than burning five miles’ worth of calories the morning of Thanksgiving, only to gain it all back a few hours later.
After Thanksgiving, all that’s left is one final push. Only a few more all-nighters cramming for finals, and then UT’s glorious winter break begins.
With a month off from school, there’s plenty of time to pack in a ski trip with the fam in preparation for some rocking religious holidays to come (or your family’s into that kind of stuff).
Get your stockings on and pour the eggnog, because Christmas is a-comin’.
And you know what that means… MORE FOOD. Mom’s homemade sugar cookies, second round of turkey after Thanksgiving break and endless amounts of peppermint candy canes are just a few of the things that Christmas entails.
Most importantly, Christmas is the finale of family reunions over the holiday break. It’s the time of giving and receiving, and even though Christmas may seem overwhelming, there’s nothing like snuggling up on the coach and turning on some good ol’ Elf with the loved ones.
The holiday season also means Hanukkah is rollin’ around the corner. Light the menorah and get out those nine candles, because now’s the time to get the tune, “Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay,” engrained in everyone’s minds like the 2012 catastrophe of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”.
Christian children will also be eyeing their Jewish peers that get nine days of presents instead of one day. Come on, Mom and Dad, no fair!
If you’re from a family of both Christian and Jewish values, Seth Cohen from “The. O.C.” (a.k.a. the best series of the early 2000s) created the perfect solution.
Kwanzaa, a celebration of African heritage in African-American culture, follows Christmas from December 26 to January 1. The cool thing about Kwanzaa is that it’s a little bit of all the holidays combined.
There’s a feast like on Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas is still observed by most African Americans that celebrate Kwanzaa. On top of that, families decorate their homes with bright, colorful cloth such as kente. Who wouldn’t want dope food, clothes and the gift-giving of Christmas all wrapped up in one holiday?
As the winter season is upon us, Ned Stark of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series provides some words of advice.
More like the best part of the year is coming.