Published on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I have always been enamored with the Christmas season. As a child, I was enchanted by the stories of watchful elves, dancing nutcrackers, and flying sleighs. As an adult, I still find myself charmed by these stories, but even more so, charmed by the ambiance of this season. Christmas in college is much different than Christmas as a kid, but in some very special, wonderful ways. Read below as I give my Top Five Reasons Why Christmas Is Even Better as a College Student.
5. Hello Christmas Vacation!
After a long semester of lectures, papers and the dreaded finals, getting a whole month away from school is not only deserved, but most definitely needed. Christmas break allows our minds to focus on the important stuff: work, family, and in my case, Buckeye Football! (You did hear we made the Playoffs, right?) As important as school is, it is also important for us college kids to a take break from being a student and remember what got us here in the first place.
Ok, so Buckeye Football isn't the most important thing,
but we still are going to have fun rooting for them in the Sugar Bowl!
4. What’s That Cooking in the Kitchen?
As with any holiday in my family, homemade food is a given. This is especially true when I come home for Christmas. Growing up on the farm allowed my mother, Missy, to have lots of practice making food for the field during harvest season. This talent rolled over into everyday meals too! Lucky for me, my mom is just as excited as I am to be home for the holidays. After months of eating microwavable, less-than tasty food, meal after meal of homemade cooking is great for the soul!
Helping Mom in the kitchen is always a plus too! Here we are baking snicker doodle cookies.
3. Far Away is Never Too Far for Friends - Especially At Christmas
Remember those childhood friends you just couldn’t live without? After high school, life seems to get extremely busy. This is even more true during college. The wonderful thing about Christmas break is that like you, all your friends are coming back home, too. Take the time to make that dinner reservation or score a few movie tickets for a holiday hit, because this season is all about the memories made with great friends.
Getting to spend time with my high school best friend, Colleen, is time well spent!
2. Giving Back In More Ways than One
When I was younger, I was totally that child who staked out the presents until it was time to open them. Nowadays, I get much more joy out of watching others receive their own Christmas wishes than actually receiving gifts myself. During this holiday season, find a way to give back in your family, your community, and your faith. Volunteer to help bake the cookies for Christmas Eve. Adopt a family this Christmas. Make a promise to go to church every Sunday during Advent. No matter what you choose, just find a way to be more excited about giving rather than receiving. With no classes to dictate schedules, college students have the opportunity to be unique blessings during Christmas time.
Giving back can definitely be fun too. Here my friend, Jordan, and I
are packaging food through the organization, Humana.
1. Understanding the True Meaning of Christmas
It is easy to get wrapped up in all the presents and tangible items during Christmas. As I get older, I feel like I understand the true meaning of Christmas better. Instead of wanting the latest toy or new technology, I find myself just wanting to spend more time with my family. I want to take the time to talk with my dad about the latest sports game and go Christmas shopping with my mom. I love spending time with my brothers, even if it is just to watch Home Alone on a Saturday afternoon. The biggest blessing at Christmas time however does not come in the form of presents or even time. The true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ. Midnight mass is my favorite church service of the entire year. What moves the most is all the music. There is no better celebration one can experience.
The Bennett Family Christmas Tree. The theme of our tree is Peace on Earth.
I hope your Christmas season is filled with joy and many blessings!
Author: Meghan Bennett
Categories: Intern Avenue
Tags: faith, Christmas, intern avenue, Family, College Students
Marketing Associate Intern at Beck’s Hybrids, Student at The Ohio State University, Small town girl from Southwest Ohio, AGvocate, Lover of Livestock.