What to Do For Winter Break

 Seattle in the winter can be quite depressing. It’s the middle of the school year, moods get pretty low, and the weather never helps anything (sometimes walking outside on a dark, stormy afternoon can even make you more depressed). But thankfully, the Seattle school administration gives us a two weak hiatus from the tedium and monotony. It’s called ‘winter break.’

 Some people are content to spend their two weeks eating Christmas cookies and sleeping in until noon. But for those of us who start to hate the taste of royal icing (for me, that usually happens after the sixteenth cookie) and can’t physically sleep past sunrise, there are a lot of other things to do beside sleep and eat.

You can catch up on some school reading—I know I have to read Sometimes a Great Notion—or you can pick up something fun from the library. Some of my favorite books to read in the winter are The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (actually, the entire His Dark Materials trilogy, for that matter) and, oddly, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. I think The English Patient reminds me of winter because I read it on a school trip to Iceland. Whatever the reason, it’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it—fair warning, however, it made me cry (but then, so did The Golden Compass). Scary books are also really fun to read when it’s cold and miserable outside. There’s something about Bram Stoker’s Dracula that’s seriously chilling.

If you need something else to do besides read, go to a museum! The Seattle Art Museum is always heated, and when you walk through the African Art exhibit, you can imagine you’re on safari with the African sun warming your face.

Or, you can head for the stores and do some after-Christmas sale shopping. You can buy that military-inspired pea coat for 50% of the price and show it off to all your friends. Which reminds me: still bored after all that shopping, museum-hopping and reading? Hang out with your friends! If it snows, grab a sled and head for the steepest hill around and if it doesn’t, go see TRON: Legacy or Gwyneth Paltrow’s new movie Country Strong. And if you haven’t seen HP7 yet, for some strange reason, do it. I highly recommend the IMAX version.

Make the most of your winter break and, basically, do whatever sounds fun (within reason)! 

 Post by Erin, teen blogger

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