By Alyssa Seidman
Now that the breaking of bread over Thanksgiving tables across America has come to a close, it is an appropriate time to welcome winter and the rest of the joyous holidays ahead. Finals are quickly approaching, and a much needed month-long break is on the way for the LIU Post community.
How do students and faculty plan to spend the holiday season? During the winter, most people tend to stay shut in; cuddled up with hot cocoa, or some like to frolic in freshly fallen snow. Those are just two of the endless activities that winter has to offer.
I love Manhattan on any given day, but there is something unexplainably special about Christmas time in the city. New York
seems to shine brighter with breathtaking window displays, beautiful decorations adorning the city streets, and tourists from around the world taking in the spectacle of the season.
Manhattan offers a wide variety of activities at this time of year, most famously the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, a classic for the whole family to enjoy. A favorite among tourists and locals alike is taking a spin on the city’s ice-skating rinks. There are three Manhattan locations at Bryant Park, Central Park, and Rockefeller Plaza, where you can glide alongside Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree.
A new feature this season is the musical adaptation of the beloved holiday movie, “A Christmas Story,” at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. The show will run from December 11-29, and tickets can be purchased at http://achristmasstorythemusical.com.
If you are not one who craves the urban beat of the city, the possibilities are endless if you prefer hibernation. ABC Family’s “25 Days
of Christmas” lineup is enough to make anyone excited, with programming synced to the spirit of the holidays. The channel broadcasts favorites such as “The Santa Clause” franchise, “The Polar Express,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and many others. On a cold, dreary day, there is nothing better than kicking back under cozy blankets with a hot beverage and watching heart-warming holiday programming.
An underrated winter activity is doing anything at all by the fireplace. The comforting crackle of wood burning acts as the perfect background music in tandem with your lengthy holiday playlist. Activities such as making gingerbread houses (no, you’re not too old for that), baking Christmas cookies (get creative instead of buying the pre-made Pillsbury stuff; you eat all of it raw anyway), and trimming the tree can be even more enjoyable beside the fireplace.
Of course, winter break signifies that special time of year when college students can reunite with high school friends. A great way to spend time and catch up with old friends is by hosting a pot-luck dinner party. Pot-luck requires each guest to bring a food item to be shared in a sort of feast among friends. Together, the group can eat, drink, and
be merry while sharing stories from the past semester and reminiscing about the glory days.
Perhaps the greatest thing about winter’s activities is the emphasis they place on joy and goodwill. The holidays are a time for family and friends, excitement and entertainment, laughter and love—I could alliterate all day. Enjoy the season for making spirits bright, and remember to take advantage of all the wonders winter has in store. Happy Holidays!