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8 Cheap Things for Teens to Do During Winter Break

Fun Ideas for Your Winter Vacations

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The last thing you want to do during winter vacation is sleep through it and wonder where the time went. If you're not lucky enough to be taking a real vacation, though, it can be hard to figure out what to do. Let this list of fun, cheap winter vacation activities be your guide.

1. Host a Holiday Movie Marathon

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Prepare a spread of some holiday snacks (like these easy-to-make chocolate-covered candy canes & pretzels), pick up some holiday movies and veg out in front of the TV with some friends. You can get ideas for movies from this list of fun holiday classics and this list of Christmas comedies. (Though as far as I'm concerned, no holiday movie marathon would be complete without A Charlie Brown Christmas.)

2. Have a Snowman-Building Party

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Pull together a pile of old winter accessories, buttons and carrots (for decorating, of course). Then invite over all the friends (or siblings, or neighbors) you can, pair up and build some snowmen! Hand out awards for the biggest, the funniest and the most original snowmen. (Be sure to take lots of photos!) Cap it all off with some hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies.

3. Hang Out With School-Only Friends

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I'm talking about the friendly people in your classes whom you haven't gotten around to hanging out with outside of school. With your main pals on vacation, winter break is the perfect time to bring a couple of new friends into the fold. Make some low-pressure plans like holiday shopping at the mall or going out for brunch.

4. Volunteer

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Why not? Thanks to the holidays, you'll already be in the giving spirit - and with school out, you have no excuse not to give a little love to your community. Get some inspiration from this list of community service ideas.

5. See Santa

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This one's for the teens who aren't afraid to dork out a little. But seriously, how fun would it be to tell Santa what you want for Christmas for old time's sake (and get a picture to prove it)? If you're too embarrassed to see him at your regular mall, trek to the mall two towns over.

6. Take On a Two-Week Creative Project

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You know what feels darn good? Making something - and actually finishing it. How about making an old-school zine, making a YouTube video set to your favorite song, painting your bedroom (with your parents' permission, of course) or sewing a new tote bag?

7. See How Strong You Can Get

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Try doing these easy strength-building exercises, or these slightly harder ones, every other day of winter vacation. Balance it out with some jogging, some walking around - really, anything besides sleeping or hanging around the house in your pajamas. By the time school starts again, you'll feel great!

8. Make a Gingerbread House

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And then eat it. Bonus points if you make it with your mom or dad. Double-bonus points if you sing along to holiday music while you work. (You don't have anything against getting into the holiday spirit, do you?)
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