What to do during your Christmas holiday break?
As we move further into December, the holiday spirit is hard to ignore. Starting from Sinterklass and pepernoten to the sweet smell of warm glühwein (a.k.a. mulled wine). The merriness is just around the corner! As a student, especially at Wageningen University & Research, the days can get quite hectic. But come December, you are either wrapping up studies/exams for Period 2, writing your thesis or engaged in other activities. Whichever phase of studies you are in, the holiday break is definitely needed to wind down and start the new year fresh and rejuvenated.
There are many things that you can do to make this time of the year extra special. Visiting family is of course a cosy time, and one of the things that many look forward to. But even if you can’t go home to visit your family, read on to make this holiday fun for yourself and those around you!
Making DIY presents
Do it Yourself (i.e., DIY) holiday gifts can be a great way to exchange gifts with your friends and loved ones. Making a gift yourself is first and foremost thoughtful and personal which people around you will appreciate. Besides this, a DIY gift is easier in a student’s pocket. If you make a gift yourself, it will enable you to explore your creativity and gift something original to your family and friends. For example, you can make a painting, which can be a relaxing experience as well as a great idea for a present!
Are you into an active lifestyle and have a good balance? Then ice skating or going skiing around the Netherlands can be just the thing for you. If you are the sporty type, then dig out your ice skates and/or ski boots to spend a truly snowy and icy Christmas. For ice skating, there are many places around Wageningen where you can find an ice skating rink, including Amsterdam. As for skiing, the Netherlands is surrounded by top skiing destinations including France, Italy and Austria.
Visiting Christmas market
One of the advantages of living in Wageningen is that there are great Christmas markets all around. Some of the best Christmas markets in Europe are finally open in this somewhat post Covid world. There are plenty of great choices of Christmas markets around the Netherlands, Including countries like Germany, Hungary, France, Austria and more. In case of a more budget-friendly Christmas break, you can visit Christmas markets in the Netherlands. There are many great choices, such as markets in Valkenberg, Amsterdam, etc.
Baking and cooking
Another fun activity to do can be baking desserts or cooking. If you enjoy cooking and want to treat yourself and others around you, then you can organise nice dinners during this holiday break. This way you get to learn new dishes if you like experimenting, and spend a cosy evening with your friends and family.
Lastly, you can organise parties with friends or stay in, whichever one floats your boat and bring in the new year. With that have a great holiday break however you decide to spend your break. Don’t forget to relax and stay warm!