Get your stuffing ready and prepare to watch the Macy’s Day Parade because Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is not too early to get your skis and snowboards out too considering we did not really get an Indian summer.

Your pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay bale decorations at home are still usable luckily, so don’t get rid of them yet. However, no holiday would be complete without the turkey, gravy, and holiday themed cookies.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reconnect with relatives you may have lost touch with since you came to college, so take advantage of the opportunity to spend some quality time with your family over the holiday break. If you are planning on vacationing away from home for the Thanksgiving or winter break, make sure you are going to a place where you can have the most fun.

Be picky when choosing your hotel or motel to stay while on vacation. One way to save money on a vacation is staying with someone you know. So if you have not seen a friend in a while who moved away, don’t hesitate to ask them to hang out over break, this way you get to travel a little bit and reconnect with a friend.

Beware while on vacation, however, because while relaxing and having a good time, people generally don’t tend to watch what they eat. You could gain the “freshman 15” while on vacation and not at college!

If you are planning on staying home this winter and not really traveling, here are some fun things to do: you could go ice skating on a local pond, build a snowman, and make a snow angel in the yard.

Winter is one of the best times to roast marshmallows around a fire and even have a barbecue in the middle of a snowstorm. Speaking of building snowmen, you could have a contest, and whoever makes the best snowman gets a cup of hot chocolate.

Don’t forget to create a snow fort and challenge your nearby neighbors to a snowball fight. Take your dogs out to enjoy the weather too, most love the snow and rolling around in it.

Make sure to just relax one day and watch the snow fall; it can be surprisingly comforting. It might sound crazy, but put on suntan lotion one day in the middle of winter; your friends will thank you, and it will remind you of fun summer days.

Take a trip to the Poconos and toboggan down the slopes, surf with your snowboard, and ski like there’s no tomorrow. Create your own Winter Olympics. Get a bunch of your buds together and have them rate the tricks you can do on your snowboard or sled down the hill.

It is possible to have fun while it is freezing cold outside! Another contest in your own Winter Olympics could be building snow furniture and then it is great to relax on later.

Most importantly bundle up this winter, because it will be our coldest yet and we are already seeing the signs. Not everyone will be able to do that this winter, unfortunately, so the Salvation Army is taking used coats.

If you, or anyone you know, has an old coat they do not want or need anymore, get them to donate it because there are people out there who really need a coat this winter.

In addition, if you want to donate your current coat to a consignment shop while looking for a new one, they are always taking coats, and they will give you money toward a new one. Have an awesome holiday break!