Monday November 30, 2015

The Holiday Spirit

By Noelle Jacobs

October 18, 2015. This was the day that my friends and I decided to put up the mini-Christmas tree in my room. Because of this, the holiday spirit came quite early. Every night, my roommate and I had our Christmas tree lit, and a couple of times, we had Christmas movie watch parties, equipped with hot cocoa and all. Needless to say, we love the holidays and couldn’t wait for the actual celebrations to come.

With Thanksgiving approaching last week, I was excited and eager to head to my dad’s to spend time with him and my brother for the holiday. Unfortunately, I had two tests the days before break and therefore couldn’t relax much, but on the flip side, with all the stress of studying and getting prepared while packing for my trip to my dad’s, the time flew, and I was soon on my way to the airport.

The break turned out to be exactly what I needed. Spending time with family, laying around watching television, going to see a movie, and just relaxing was a nice change of scenery from the stresses of school. Thanksgiving day was great as I got to see my dad’s side of the family and spend time with them while eating delicious food. Not only was I able to eat more in one hour than I had in the entire week prior, but prompted by the question of what I wanted for Christmas, I was also able to reflect on that next big holiday when I would get to be with my family again.

There’s a lot standing between me and the next break- tests, studying, and finals. With all of these things, it’s sometimes hard to get into the Christmas spirit, that for me has tried to creep its way into my mind since we put up our mini tree. After reflecting on Thanksgiving break, I’m much more able to get excited for the spirited festivities remaining this year. Thinking of the relaxing time spent with family that have always characterized my holidays is something that will definitely motivate me through these next few weeks.

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