Christmas is the season of giving, yet it is the time of year when we take most from the environment. I see it as a shame that such a joyous time becomes so taxing on our Earth. While it would perhaps be best to ditch Christmas gifts, fairy lights, open fires, and wrapping paper entirely, there is a way to celebrate the holidays with less impact on our planet. Below is some advice on where to shop, how to wrap, and what to gift if you want to celebrate Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa in a more eco-friendly way. In my opinion, these are great Christmas gift ideas (regardless if you’re trying to save the environment or not) because they involve a little more care and thought than your average gift.
To be honest, Christmas, when you’ve got exams, can be a bit bittersweet – on the one hand, it’s really nice to have a break from lessons where the teachers are going at full speed to get through the syllabus before Easter, but the flip side of that is that you know that when you go back to school you’ll have one/two weeks of back to back exams. Is there a way to strike a balance? Can you have fun and be productive? The answer is yes! Obviously, you’re going to have to do some work, so it’s not going to be as much fun as usual, but don’t let exams get in the way of some downtime – you need to recharge so you can hit those mocks with the full force of your intellect. So, here are my top tips for a productive AND relaxing Christmas holiday.
Christmas is well on its way, and with it, some of the best tunes ever. For your entertainment in this last week of school (so nearly there!) I will give my opinions on some carols in ascending order of banger-ness:
Feminism: The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Santa Claus: A legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve.
What do these two things have in common, you may think?
Outside the classroom before any big test or before a big deadline, it is not uncommon to hear joking or complaining phrases such as: ‘I haven’t slept all week’ or ‘I was up until 3am revising’ or ‘lol sleep is for the weak’. We also hear these comments around the common room (particularly if you stand near the coffee machine) or in our first period lessons. In fact, I don’t think I go a day without somebody commenting on how tired they are, or how little sleep they’ve been getting.