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It’s Debatable: Christmas in the sand vs. snow
December 20, 2018
Christmas in the snow is the way to go
“Walking in a winter wonderland” is just one of the ways that many spend the holiday season, and it happens to be the best way. Spending the Winter months in a snowy place provides endless activities and enjoyment.
Some activities include skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, ice hockey and snowball fights. These activities offer a fun alternative form of exercise than what is available during the warmer months of the year.
According to The Odyssey, during the snowy holiday season is the best time to rediscover your town and look at the changing landscape around as it is now covered in snow.
Spending the winter holiday in the snow offers a beautiful change in landscape views as the ground, trees, the roofs on houses, and everything is covered in a gorgeous blanket of snow.
With the Christmas season comes many Christmas movies; almost all well-known Christmas movies are set in the snow. Movies such as Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus one through three, Santa Claus is Comin’ to town and How the Grinch Stole Christmas all contain a landscape of snow and ice as they are set in the Winter.
If spending Christmas in the snow wasn’t the best way, then many beloved classic holiday movies and songs wouldn’t include talking about or be set in the snow.
From songs like “Let it Snow” and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Cold December Night”, Christmas songs also revolve around the fluffy white snow.
Chilling in the snow is by far the way to go for Christmas. Whether trying a winter activity or watching a holiday classic, the best way to spend this Christmas is in the snow.
Winter break should be spent in a warm climate
Laying out on a beach chair, feet in the sand, while holding a fruity drink with an umbrella is the only way to spend winter break. Catching a flight to a warm vacation spot allows for increased happiness and the chance to escape some of the holiday stress.
Hightailing it out of Michigan and vacationing to a place where temperatures are comfortable enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt is very beneficial. It allows people to get outside, and, according to healthline.com, exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. There is no better way to end the year than increasing happiness levels on a beach.
Although winter break is supposed to time set aside to unwind, according to the New York Post, 38 percent of people actually see an increase in stress during the holidays. The pressure to have a “perfect Christmas” also takes its toll on 41 percent of people, who confess to working “too hard” to achieve it.
Vacationing to a sunny area away from home gives many the opportunity to escape pressure-filled family dinners, along with the stress of cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and hoping every family member gets along.
Despite what many Christmas songs imply, the cold and snow are not necessary to have a great time during the holidays. Christmas spirit can be found anywhere, as joy and Noel follows one wherever they travel to. It is the perfect year to experience a palm tree wrapped in Christmas lights somewhere on a beach.