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Don't Celebrate Christmas? How to Spend December 25

For students who don't celebrate Christmas, it can be tough having such an anti-climactic December 25. Here are some ways to make the most of the day.

For most Americans, December 25 is a special day. The entire month is dedicated to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album, sparkly ornaments, and peppermint-flavored everything. However, for some students, December 25 is like any other day. We do not wake up to intricately wrapped presents placed under a tree. We don’t look forward to a turkey dinner or gift-filled stockings. It can be tough having such an anti-climactic December 25, so here are some ways to make the most of the day.

Go out to eat

Just because you aren’t celebrating a religious holiday doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself with delicious food. Many restaurants are open on Christmas Day, including fast food and Mediterranean restaurants. While others sit around a dinner table with ham and fig pudding, you can stuff your face with hummus and pita.

Go to a park or other open attraction

While most fun places are closed on December 25, some are not. Find local parks or beaches that are open all of the time, if the weather is manageable. It’s nice to spend time outdoors, especially when the trees are covered in twinkly lights. 

Catch up on some TV or reading

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, December 25 is the perfect day to binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix or read that book you haven’t had time to pick up last semester. Most of your friends from school will be home for the holidays or spending time with their families, so no one will be trying to make plans. You can spend the whole day cuddled up on the couch with some hot chocolate and Aziz Ansari’s Master of None

Hang out with your other friends who don’t celebrate Christmas

Gather friends who don’t observe the holiday and celebrate in your own special way. It can be a bonding experience to spend time with people who have something in common with you. Whether you avoid Christmas activities or decide to bake a gingerbread house, you can make it fun in whatever way you choose. (And be sure to tell your other friends to stop by if they can’t make it home for Christmas or need a break from their families!)

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About Saima Choudhury

Saima is a Desi Muslim high school student and amateur enchilada taste-tester. She's a lover of dark chocolate, late-night comedy, and alternative rock. She's just your average lazy, procrastinating teenage girl, save for the fact that she doesn't see the big deal about Starbucks, doesn't have an Instagram (or Twitter, or Tumblr, or Facebook), and wouldn’t be caught dead in Uggs or leggings as pants. She's also really interested in science and international relations.


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