By Dear Addy: Jenna Lynch

It feels like just yesterday your parents were waving goodbye to you and leaving you alone at college. Within the blink of an eye, it’s the holiday season and you are about to be reunited with them.

On your ride back, a variety of emotions run through your mind. You are excited to see your family but also nervous about all of the rules and restrictions that may come along with being back at home. No more partying and staying out all night long, oh what will you do?

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time; however, it is important to not lose sight of what they are all about…family! Dinners, parties, decorating, buying gifts and more are all things that can be both good and bad.

If you are too focused on any of these things, you may potentially forget to enjoy yourself and that is no good. After all, this is your break and you should be having fun.

Coming home from college for break can also be the point in which you open your wallet and dust out the cobwebs that are inside. You realize that it’s quite empty.

I know that we all want to catch up on our lost sleep and not wake up until the afternoon, but a part-time employment opportunity may be the way to go. Looking into getting a seasonal job can help you to save up for your upcoming semester.

Whether we like it or not, gift giving is always a huge part of the holidays. It’s important to remember that we are only college students and so we may not be able to get our family and friends everything that we want to. You may feel like your mom deserves the world and yet all you can afford is a coffee mug from the dollar store.

Rather than wishing you had more money to buy better presents, remind yourself that your loved ones do not need presents to know that you love them and care about them.

Instead, think about washing the dishes for your mom. Help to set the table, stuff the turkey and run to the store to buy extra biscuits when you run out. Hang up the Christmas lights with your dad. Decorate the tree with your siblings. Remember that the holidays are about more than just giving gifts.

So, whatever holidays you and your family celebrate, make sure to take a moment to stop and appreciate the people around you. Before you know it, you will be missing your friends so much that you begin counting down the days until you get to go back to college.