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5 Things to Do Over Christmas Break

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Maybe you’ve got an internship over Christmas Break, or you’re going to help a family member with a project. Maybe you’re studying for the MCAT or working on grad school applications … or catching up on some much-needed sleep.

Regardless of what’s on your schedule, Christmas Break is a great time to try something new. Here are five ways you can do just that.

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1. Release the Crafter. Crafting doesn’t have to involve expensive equipment or a multi-store quest for the perfect shade of yarn. You probably have what you need for at least a few basic crafts, right there in your house. These five-pointed origami stars make great Christmas tree ornaments, or you could glue a bunch to a piece of twine for a garland. If your dresser is getting full, try turning old sweaters or socks into something more useful.

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2. ‘Tis the season to be coding. Is it your dream to create the next hot social media site or best-selling app? Codecademy will lead you through short, engaging lessons on HTML, CSS, Java, Python, Ruby, and several other languages and projects. If you’re already a seasoned coder, Advent of Code is a great way to stretch your coding muscles.

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3. Hit the trails.  Gather a group of friends and family and head to a favorite trail — or find a new favorite with a site like TrailLink or Trails.com.

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4. Designate an offline day — or two or three. Bury your phone in your suitcase, turn off your laptop, and bring out the jigsaw puzzles and board games. You might be surprised at how relaxing it is to not be at the mercy of constant notifications.

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5. Get reacquainted with your local public library. Has it been awhile since you went to your public library? Go and see what changes they’ve made since you were there last. They might have added video games, board games, a coffee shop, and other ways to help you relax over break. If nothing else, you’re certain to find some of your old favorites — and there’s nothing better than reconnecting with a great book over a hot drink.

What’s on your agenda for Christmas Break?

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Image credits: Advent wreath from efes, coding from lmonk72, hiker from Unsplash, Settlers of Catan from dograapps, and library from klimkin on Pixabay. Paper stars from personal camera.

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