BY SHREE JAYAKRISHNA '25
As the stress of the test-filled environment before break begins to wind down, it is the perfect time to enjoy the frosty winter weather, and get into the spirit of the holiday season with some winter-themed activities! Whether you are bored over vacation because you're not traveling, or want a new activity to try with your friends, winter has many opportunities to offer.
Naturally, the first category of activities is holiday fun. With both Christmas and New Year’s lingering through all of the winter months there are so many new things to try. Baking Christmas cookies and experimenting with new recipes can be a great way to bond with family.
If you're not super handy in the kitchen there are a variety of holiday activities that are simpler! Simple crafts like paper snowflakes are really easy and can spruce up your place with some winter spirit. On a more New years theme, if you want to make some changes to your routine or goals in 2024, now is the time to start brainstorming! What do you want to change in the new year? Do you have any personal goals you really want to reach? All of these are great places to start when thinking of resolutions. A resolution may seem intimidating, but the best way to reach your goals in the new year is most definitely planning ahead.
If you are not super big on the holidays, don’t worry, there are other ways to spend your time in the upcoming months. If you are more of a digital person, a winter rom-com or any new TV and Movie releases that normally come out in winter can be a great way to fill time. If you are more of a reader (like myself), this winter of 2023 has been filled with new book releases. From popular fantasy to contemporary mystery, the new book rollout in the 2023-2024 season is amazing!
If all these options sound a little mundane for all you adrenaline seekers, there are tons of thrilling winter activities as well. Skiing is a super popular option, and if that’s your thing there are tons of great options nearby like Wachusett and Nashoba, the same opportunities are available to all you snowboarders! If you are looking for an outdoor experience that takes less effort and materials, sledding can be a great option for an enjoyable time with friends or family. A lot of us here in Acton have grown up sledding down Nara Park and going back can be a nostalgic moment that we all need after a stressful month of school. Indoor sports are also winter-friendly as we have ice skating pretty locally at the Colonial Figure Skating Rink in Boxborough!
Although the frosty environment in winter, both literally and metaphorically when it comes to school, can easily get you down, remember to get out and have fun! Enjoy everything winter has to offer, and maybe you’ll even get the chance to try out these activities on a lucky snow day or late start!