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Winter retreat

Drinking isn’t the only indoor activity available over a Halifax winter. (Amanda Rolfe photo)
Drinking isn’t the only indoor activity available over a Halifax winter. (Amanda Rolfe photo)

You’re in Halifax when you wake up and see the extremes of weather outside your window. Do you stay inside buried under blankets watching TV and wishing you could find something to do? Or do you just stick to your homework all day long? Whatever you do, don’t let the weather get you down. Here are five things you can do when winter wonderland—or perhaps one of those rainy, blustery days—arrives.

ONE Holiday karaoke! With all of those wonderful holiday songs, what better way to get in the spirit than to sing to your heart’s content? Grab some friends, hook up that karaoke machine and sing along to your favourite winter tunes.

TWO Instead of sitting around watching TV, get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Go to the mall, walk around, look at the amazing decorations that the stores have on display and search out gifts for your friends and family. While you’re there, maybe get that pumpkin spice latte you’ve been craving since September.

THREE One of the greatest things about the holidays is food. This is the one time it is acceptable to bake to your heart’s content. On the weekend, stop by a farmer’s market and check out their amazing holiday foods and crafts.  On the way back home, pop by the grocery store and pick out the ingredients for a seasonal baking party. Get your friends together, listen to Christmas music and stir that cookie dough. Lots of fun, cheaper than beer, and your place will smell wonderfully of baked goods to accent the season.

FOUR Bundle up! The snow is coming along with the cold weather and that means that skating on the Oval will be opening soon. On that Saturday afternoon, get up, grab the skates and get some outdoor air. Don’t forget the beaver tails, it wouldn’t be a great Oval experience without them.

FIVE Exams are happening, of course, but a person needs a break from all that studying. Have a holiday movie marathon with the classics like The Grinch, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, and Miracle on 34th Street—whatever your preference. The break will ease the stress and put you back in a better mood for studying.

You can’t escape that special spirit that comes with the start of the holidays. The lights, the carolers and the decorations set up in store windows all add to the warmth felt during the holiday season. It’s a time to spend with friends and family. This is a time where we can be a kid again. Build a snowman, sing with friends down Spring Garden Road, and curl up to watch those classic movies. Study up, but take a few festive breaks in between.

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