December is finally here, bringing with it all the joys of the holiday season. The streets glow with beautiful lights and Christmas music fills the air, putting everyone in a jolly mood — until suddenly reality hits and college students at EC realize that finals are looming ahead. Here are The Leader’s suggestions to keep a little bit of the holiday spirit with you in your dorm room as you study.
Christmas lights are relatively inexpensive — Walmart sells some strands for about $6 —but they instantly brighten up a room. They can go anywhere: windows, doors, the ceiling, a mirror or a bunk bed. For those who do not like peeling tape off of walls, place the lights in a jar for a beautiful holiday lantern.
Wrapping paper is a great decorating tool because it is both cheap and versatile. Use a roll to wrap your door, a bulletin board (complete with bow) or get a roll covered with little characters — such as soda-drinking Santas — and cut the figures out to use as decorations or ornaments.
Music might not seem like a decoration, but no Christmas scene is complete without Bing Crosby crooning in the background or Elvis Presley singing about the Christmas blues. WLIT-FM on 93.9 FM plays Christmas music 24/7, although the songs do tend to get a little repetitive. Spotify and Pandora are good choices too, as they tend play a wider variety of songs than 93.9 does.
Scented candles are a favorite room decoration no matter what time of year it is, but Christmas is the time when they really shine. Depending on where they are from, candles range from around $6 (Walmart) to $20 (Bed Bath & Beyond or Bath and Body Works).
Most stores will sell candles with festive scents such as “Christmas Pine” or “Winter Wonderland.” However, for those who want something a little more unique or who might be feeling a little homesick as the holidays draw near, Homesick Candles offers candles that smell like each of the 50 states. They are a bit pricey — $30 per candle — but as the song goes, “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” and the next best thing to being at home is imagining you are already there.