How to feel holly jolly without being homesick
Going on an exchange for a couple of months is all fun and games, until the holiday season sets off. Then you might start to feel blue – especially when it’s not safe to visit your home country or to invite lots of people over for a smashing Christmas party. But don’t you worry: STAN is here to help you get through your Christmas break without missing home (too much).
1 Buy your family Christmas presents
Even though you’re probably not driving home for Christmas this year, buying your family and friends gifts will remind you of their personalities, of what they enjoy and what they mean to you. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right? (Well, and receiving, of course…). Plus, you’ll have some great souvenirs to surprise your loved ones with when you return home. And also: it’s a fun way to distract yourself whenever you feel lonely. Win-win!
2 Host a (virtual) students-only Christmas dinner
Who says you can’t enjoy a fabulous Christmas dinner without your family? Just invite a few of your friends over or – if you want to host a bigger party – host a covid-safe, students-only online Christmas dinner. Ask everyone who’s participating to prepare a nice home-cooked meal for themselves, pop open a nice bottle of vino and light up some cosy candles. Play some games, watch a Christmas movie together (ever heard of Teleparty?!) or listen to Wham!’s Greatest Hits all night long. Be as creative as you like and you’ll probably forget all about those awesome dishes your granny usually makes for Christmas Eve.
3 Study, study, study
4 Volunteer at a charity
Whatever you decide to do, STAN wants to wish you an incredible Christmas. Stay safe, stay healthy, and see you soon!