While this time of year is often filled with joy and excitement, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. As you are preparing for finals and planning your holiday activities, whether it’s a trip home or staying, learning how to deal with these stresses will help you have a more enjoyable holiday.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress this holiday season:
Let your family know about your plans and preferences for the holiday before you arrive home. Listen to their preferences and plans as well.
Make certain your plans include your family in some way. Think of some things you have in common with them or things you enjoy doing with them and request to do those things. Include your parents in the planning and scheduling of these activities.
Discuss with your parents regarding changes, i.e. curfew. Negotiation may need to occur.
Be prepared for the endless questions from family. How was this semester for you? What’s your GPA? What’s your major again? What are you going to do with that? Have you met any new friends? What clubs have you joined? Why did you choose that one? There are literally infinite questions that your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and just about everybody else in your family can and will ask. Be completely prepared to feel like you’re being interviewed for a job based on how well this semester went.
Have a lot of tasks to complete? Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
Gift exchanges! Enjoy the present and try not to worry about what may be lacking.
Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
Learn to say no. It’s OK not to do everything.
Renew your lease! Reduce stress down the road and renew your lease before the holidays!
Spending Thanksgiving with your family is an amazing day full of love, laughs and food comas. Wash, rinse, repeat. However, the celebration of thanksgiving with all of your closest friends all in the same room surrounded by mounds food, drinks, music, games and FUN! Now that’s something magical! Imagine all the laughs, cheers, and memories you are only a few days from experiencing. Gear up because Friendsgiving is coming to town and all of James Madison is getting excited!
Whether you can’t make it home and you’re here in Harrisonburg for the holiday or you just want to host a Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite Dukes, Friendsgivings can be a blast!
Tips for Hosting a Stellar Friendsgiving:
Host makes the Turkey
Every kind of potato you can think of…
Dress up like pilgrims (but really it would be hilarious!)
Designate a table to desserts… they are their own food group afterall
Create your own hashtag
Add a personalized snapchat filter
Photo booth anyone?!
For more Friendsgiving advice check out the article below!
The Fall is a memorable season across college campuses because of HOMECOMING. While rivalries may run deep, we are all united under the umbrella of a weekend full of tradition and celebration. It is a time of shared experiences with current, past, and future students, and their families. The below outlines 9 Fun Facts about the origination of homecoming sourced by: https://www.active.com/football/articles/10-fun-facts-about-homecoming-8...
The History of Homecoming
The NCAA credits the University of Missouri with the first ever homecoming event. In 1911 Mizzou's Athletic Director Chester Brewer invited alumni to come home for a game against the University of Kansas. The event drew over 10,000 individuals for a weekend of speeches, rallies, dances and a parade, with the big game as the weekend's center point.
Football Takes Center Stage
As the popularity of football grew on campuses across the U.S., school started to center the weekend around football to capitalize on attendance. Often times, the coronation of a new football field or a big rival game was highlighted to focus homecoming celebrations.
One for the History Books
The University of Illinois claims to have the longest running homecoming tradition, starting in 1910 and only skipping one year—1918.
The Homecoming Court is Born
The homecoming court has its origins in the 1930s. Originally the queen was chosen based on a composite of the float she was riding and the person herself, later queens and kings were nominated and ultimately chosen based on their qualities as an individual.
Adding of the Bonfire
One of the earliest instances of the homecoming bonfire was on the campus of Baylor University in 1909. Freshmen maintained overnight fires to safeguard the Baylor campus against raids from cross-town rival Texas Christian University.
Mums the Word
Mums are short for chrysanthemums--the fall flower largely associated with homecoming. The exchanging of mums has evolved in the southwestern U.S. into corsages and garters exchanged by high school students. As long as three feet and weighing up to 12 pounds, mums are elaborately decorated with chrysanthemum blossoms, ribbons, bells and trinkets denoting name, class and special interests.
The tailgate party has emerged as the pre-eminent event for homecoming week celebrations. Alumni, students and fans will travel from all over the world to attend the festivities taking place in the parking lot outside of a stadium. Many tailgaters don't even have tickets for the game--they're just there for the party.
Everyone Loves a Parade
The modern homecoming parade includes the school's marching band, the homecoming court, a variety of floats based upon a chosen theme and a leader of the parade--usually the school's grand marshal. Parades may take place on the school campus or run the length of a town's main street, inviting the majority of the town's citizens and businesses to take part.
Catch the Spirit
Spirit days or dress-up days are most popular during high school homecoming week. Different themes designated throughout the week invite students to dress in costumes or school colors to show their school spirit. Common themes include toga day, geek week and school spirit day.