Home Over Winter Break? 5 Not Boring Activities to Do

By Kaitlin Hurtado on December 26, 2021

After a tiring and stressful semester at college, it’s finally time for your long-awaited winter break. For some college students, this may mean it’s time to go on their carefully planned vacations. For many college students, this means leaving behind their college dorms or apartments for a couple of weeks to travel back to their homes to spend winter breaks with family. While you may have plans for the day of major holidays or have time set aside to spend with family, you are going to have plenty of time to yourself over the course of your winter break back home.

Want to make the most of your winter break and avoid complete boredom? Keep reading for some not boring activities to do this winter break.

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1. Call up your friends from back home

You are likely not going to be the only one from your group of high school friends bored back at home during their winter break. With that being said, being back at home during winter break is the perfect opportunity to round up your old friends from high school and reconnect.

Your friends may already have the perfect get-together in mind already, saving you the trouble of having to plan a hangout when the hard work is already done for you.

2. Do a virtual meetup with your college friends 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and you may be realizing you miss your college friends way more than you thought you would during winter break. Set aside time to have a video call with your friends as a makeshift hangout.

You can always sit and talk to spend time over video, but you can also plan different activities you can do over the call. For example, if everyone is back home and staying in their childhood bedrooms, have everyone do their own show-and-tell of their childhood bedroom, bringing anything from kid photos to school projects to light during a room tour.

Or, have everyone create their own PowerPoint presentations to share with the group via screen share. Everyone can choose their own theme or topic to cover, from “favorite group memories from college” to “every friend as a character from ‘X’ TV show.”

3. Visit your favorite hometown spots again

Depending on how long you have been away from your hometown, it has likely been a long time since you have last spent time at your favorite spots around town. Whether it’s a local park or your favorite diner or cafe, there is just something about these hometown spots that you cannot find back at your college. These are things that make home “home” to you, and you should definitely treat yourself to some time at these spots this winter break.

Gather some of your friends, or go on your own, to these spots. You may be finding yourself with a brand new appreciation or experience you haven’t gotten before, and some new memories to take back with you to college.

4. Pick up a new hobby

If the pandemic and quarantine times taught us anything, it’s that it is never the wrong time to pick up a new hobby. Hours on end spent on your own indoors meant that there was no hobby too strange or obscure to pick up when you had all the time in the world. If you are back home for winter break, you may not have plenty of options when it comes to places to go or people to spend time with. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a new hobby you didn’t get to during quarantine or were too busy to try during the past semester at college.

Some hobbies to consider trying out during winter break:

- Painting (watercolor or acrylic)

- Ceramics

- Jewelry-making

- Knitting

You will never know what hobby you will end up loving until you try it — it can end up being the perfect activity you fall back on back at college when you want some time to yourself to destress and relax. Or, the fruits of your labor can end up being the perfect Christmas gift to a loved one.

5. Take a staycation 

When it comes to winter break, you may not have the budget or time to put together a dream winter getaway this year. That doesn’t mean you have to stay in the confines of your childhood home, however. Plan a staycation, helping you get out of the house without breaking your budget or eating up time spent traveling further away.

The beauty of a staycation is that you can stay somewhere a mere hour’s drive away from your home and still enjoy the perks of a vacation — a hotel room or Airbnb, a trip to local spots like a zoo or amusement park, and the ability to explore a new, local scene.

Make the most out of your well-earned winter break with any of these ideas in mind – Happy Holidays!

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