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Not going home for Christmas? We've got you!

By JordanBrowzer 12 Dec 2018

Christmas should be full of holiday cheer.

That could mean stuffing your face with mince pies or wearing that itchy reindeer jumper your grandma knitted just for you...

BUT if you’re not going home for the holidays, this shouldn't mean missing out on the festivities and turning into a Grinch. There are tons of Christmassy things that you can get stuck into!

1. Put up some decorations

Turn your halls into a winter wonderland by making your own Christmas wreath and decorating a tree that Buddy the Elf would be proud of. The sky is the limit with decorations, so don’t be afraid to go over the top.

Will Ferrell Elf GIF

2. Visit a Christmas market

No one is too young to hop on a carousel, or try the Big Wheel so get down to the Sheffield Christmas market and give it a whirl. It’s a fab opportunity to buy all kinds of Christmas gifts, and even give German cuisine a try. Don’t miss out on this experience, otherwise, you’ll have to wait another year.

Merry Go Round Carousel GIF by Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

3. Bake some Christmas goodies

If you’re planning on gorging sweets all Christmas, then get the oven mitts out and get baking. They make perfect Christmas presents for students on a budget too.

Cute Christmas Cookies GIF by Best Friends Animal Society

4. Have Christmas dinner

Since you’re technically an adult now, it’s time you get used to adulting, which involves perfecting the craft of cooking a Christmas dinner. Seen as it might be just you eating it, it doesn’t need to be perfect, and once you master getting everything on the plate at the same temperature, you’ve smashed it!

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5. Wear an ugly Christmas jumper

It might be itchy, ugly and jingly but everyone at some point wears an ugly Christmas jumper. This is the time to take pride in your woolies and really capture the spirit of Christmas. Why not challenge your friends to see who has the worst fluffy jumper?

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6. Do some volunteering

Some people aren’t as fortunate over Christmas, and it can be a difficult time for them. Giving back to others is not only easy to do but also puts a smile on their face. Help out at a homeless shelter or do some Christmas related fundraising to lift spirits. There's also plenty of volunteering opportunities available through Hallam Union.

Merry Christmas Yes GIF by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans

7. Wrap your presents

Wrapping gifts for your loved ones should be treated as an art, and they don’t deserve presents wrapped up in tin foil. Treat them to fancy paper, and if you’re feeling like a true master, wrap it all up in a bow. Being apart isn't nice, but receiving your gift will put a smile on their face.

Present Christmas GIF by Asda

8. Build a snowman

Good luck finding any snow in the UK BUT if we do get a white Christmas, get outside and build a snowman! You're never too old and it's great fun. Until he melts away that is.

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It’s not all doom and gloom staying at uni over the hols, it’s a great opportunity to divulge in everything to do with Santa and co.

Let’s make this the best Christmas yet, and most importantly:  Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!

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