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How to Get into the Christmas Spirit While You’re Drowning in School Work

by Katie Kras


While Christmas trees are being lit and parents holiday shop, college students are slowly approaching the end of a semester full of final projects, exams, and a lot of stress.

A survey by Stop Procrastinating found that 64 percent of students worry that exam stress is negatively affecting their grades and academic performance.

Because of this, it may be difficult for students to share in the excitement of the holiday season. Since no one wants to be a Scrooge, here are some tips even the busiest student can do to get in the Christmas mood.


Decorate Your Dorm Room or Apartment

The easiest way to get into the spirit is to surround yourself with holiday decorations. Target offers holiday décor for any budget.

Just a simple tabletop tree and a couple strands of lights can turn any room into a winter wonderland.



Get Tickets to a Christmas Show

Living in Chicago gives you access to some of the best theaters in the country.

Go with friends one night to see a live show or save some money and see a matinee performance instead.

  • A Christmas Carol, Goodman Theatre. Running Nov. 19- Dec. 31. Tickets can be found here.
  • Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical, The Chicago Theatre. Running Nov. 17- Nov. 20. Tickets can be found here.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas, Broadway Playhouse. Running Nov. 11- Jan. 8. Tickets can be found here.



Go Shopping

Nothing is better than retail therapy to help reduce stress. Take a long break from studying and head down to State Street to see the famous Macy’s windows decorated for Christmas.

If you want to get Christmas shopping done early, check out the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza.

There are vendors selling ornaments, jewelry, nutcrackers, and much more. The market also sells traditional German food and drinks.

Its open from Nov. 18-Dec. 24. More information can be found here.



Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movie (or Two)

Take a break from studying to watch a festive movie. Whether it be a comedy like Elf, feel-good favorite like It’s a Wonderful Life, or a cartoon from your childhood like Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, there is a holiday film out there for everyone.

A variety of holiday films are available to rent for free from the Loyola Library. Search here to see if they have your favorite.



Go Ice Skating

Exercise has many health benefits including reducing stress. One exercise exclusive to winter is ice skating.

Chicago offers two outdoor rinks to get your sweat on in the winter chill.

  • Millennium Park, Skating opens Nov. 19. $12 Skate Rental
  • Maggie Daley Park, Skating opens Nov. 25, $12 Skate Rental, Mon.-Thurs. & $14 Rental, Fri-Sun. and Holidays



Listen to Christmas Music While Studying

Instead of classical music, switch it up and listen to some holiday tunes instead. Stream playlists through apps such as Spotify and Pandora, or check out the local station 9.39 myFM, who plays Christmas music 24/7 until December 26th.

Here’s my go-to Christmas playlist.



Eat and Drink Holiday Snacks

If you need caffeine to keep you awake after a long night of studying, opt for one of Starbuck’s Holiday drinks instead of an everyday coffee.

A Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulée Latte, Egg Nog Latte, or Gingerbread Latte will certainly give you the caffeine you need with a Christmas touch.




Photo by: Chelsea Ann Harding

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  • written by Kaitlyn Kras on November 29th, 2016
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