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  • Cate Goodin

Activities to Make the Most of December

Hi, everyone! I hope you are enjoying the last of our warm days and getting ready to bundle up for December! November seemed to fly by, and what’s even crazier is that December marks the end of 2020. It’s a great month to enjoy where you are and reflect on all of the goals you have for 2021. As with Thanksgiving, the holidays that fall in December are definitely not going to feel normal, and your usual activities may change. Even though this year has not gone as expected, I still think there are many creative ways that we can still have fun! I have some ideas for what you can do to either add a little fun to your school week or fill the time over winter break. I’d love to know if you have any other ideas, so please comment if you do!

1. Go ice skating! I love doing this activity in the winter because it reminds me of being a little kid! Although my skating skills are probably not much better from when I was eight, I still have such a fun time going to an ice rink. I was a little nervous that this year that I wouldn’t get the chance, but I found a “Washingtonian” article with six different options! Just make sure to follow Covid precautions. Some places that might be easy to get to are: Color Burst Ice Rink, Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating and Rockville Outdoor Ice Skating.

2. Watch some holiday movies! Alex put together a great list in an article a few weeks ago, so I recommend checking it out. I’m pretty bad about watching movies at other times of the year because I never know what to watch, but it's so much easier in December because the holiday ones always make me feel good. My personal favorite is “Home Alone.”

3. Make hot chocolate! I’ve seen a trend going around of making a hot chocolate bar, and it sounds like so much fun! You can use packets (Swiss Miss is always a go to), or be extra fancy and make it homemade. Then lay out all of the toppings from marshmallows to whipped cream. The best part about hot chocolate is that you can have it any time of day! Wake up craving something sweet? Need something cozy in the middle of the school day? Want a treat while you’re watching a holiday movie? Hot chocolate is always the answer!

4. Have a virtual cookie decorating party! This activity is definitely modified from years past but can still be a lot of fun. You can pick a time to FaceTime with friends, or maybe you have some cousins you haven’t talked to in a while. You can even just have some time with your family, or do it solo. I love activities that leave me with a sweet treat! First you can pick some plain cookies out from the grocery store, or make them from scratch. Then you can go two routes: use food coloring for vanilla icing, or buy colored icing. I think I’m partial to the vanilla route because it gives me a little more room in making the perfect color. Then I would get all different types of sprinkles, from snowflakes to multicolored, and let your mind make a masterpiece!

I hope you can incorporate some of my suggestions into having the best December yet!

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