Not long ago we were all operating in the Christmas mode with clear goals about what was left to be done for our family dinner or how many presents were lacking under the Christmas tree. All this fuss is over now and do you know what you are going to do for the rest of your Christmas break? Here at Booksrun we decided to suggest some ideas for your free time this winter so that you can enter the New 2019 Year full of new energy and ready for new career and academic achievements!
A little party never killed anyone, in particular, a party with your closest friends while sipping mulled wine – what can be even better? As a symbol of German Christmas markets (Christkindlmärkt), mulled wine with its spicy aroma will make your holiday time unforgettable! And do you remember that “Unforgettable” song by Nat King Cole? We suggest you the best recipe for your mulled wine party below (and don’t forget the fireplace!):
- 2 medium lemons
- 2 medium oranges
- 10 whole cloves
- 5 cardamom pods
- 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups of water
- 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
- 2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 cup of brandy
- So you peel the zest from lemons and oranges in strips avoiding the white pith. Then you squeeze lemons and oranges for juice and add it to the saucepan. You put your peeled zest to the pan as well.
- Place cloves and cardamom into a piece of cheesecloth and tie it with butcher’s twine. You add it to the saucepan as well.
- Add sugar, water, cinnamon sticks and heat the pan. Once you brought the ingredients to simmer, stir it thoroughly and reduce the heat to cook it for about 20 minutes more. The mixture should reduce by 1/3.
- Add the red wine and brandy, stir well to combine the ingredients and bring them to simmer without boiling. Remove the spice bundle and the mulled wine is ready for serving.
Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow
Have you seen those atmospheric pictures on Pinterest with festive mugs full of hot chocolate and decorated with marshmallows and caramel? Well, nothing prevents you from doing this yourself, adding extra layers of chocolate on top of it! It is super-easy, lots of fun and tastes amazingly well!
Get a New Christmas Sweater
You should consider investing in a new sweater with those lovely reindeers, Christmas trees and snowflakes! It looks cool and it will make you the King or Queen of any winter celebration you might wish to come over to!
Improve your CV
While you might want to concentrate on catching up with sleep and your friends during this winter break, we advise you to dedicate some time to revamping your CV and adding those extra experiences and courses you did over the first semester! This will make you stand out among the crowd of other applicants and help find better jobs once the Christmas is over!
Check Next Semester’s Classes
It can be a good idea to check the timetable for the second semester and familiarise yourself with the new modules you will find yourself doing in a couple of weeks’ time! You can think of deciding on which subjects you should prioritize more due to your future career aspirations and personal interests and which subjects you can study at the last minute! This will save you time for any extracurricular activities and should relieve stress in the long run as well.
Look for Scholarships
If you are deciding on your graduate school, you can use this time to research any scholarships and grants at the universities that interest you. In such a way you will make sure you can follow your dream at an affordable cost! You can start with university websites, charity foundations that specialize in academic endowments as well as government programs for student exchange programs. You might find a free graduate program in Europe next year and do some traveling at the same time!
Write a List of Next Year Goals
Here at Booksrun we always write New Year Resolutions and you can do it as well! It should help you to understand better where you should apply your efforts and where you would like to find yourself next year. Maybe you want to earn more money? Maybe you want to lose weight or start eating healthier? Maybe you want to dedicate more time to your family and friends? Write it down and start thinking about the steps to achieving these goals!
Do Some Exercise
You should never forget about your health and well-being. That is why hitting the gym around Christmas time, doing some swimming sessions or jogging with your dog will help you to relieve stress, get new energy as well as keep fit! It is the best thing you can do before the start of the New 2019 Year!