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The holiday season is officially upon us. Christmas music is already being blared on the radio, the ABC 25 Days of Christmas television schedule is out, and Thanksgiving is around the corner.

Many people have been shopping for the holidays for months now, and some of us haven’t even begun to think about it.

Teenagers often lose the spirit in school because there’s still many more weeks until the well-deserved winter vacation. It seems endless sitting in class staring at the clock until the bell rings for either the next period or the end of the school day. Unfortunately, there is not much to do about the weeks leading up to the break, but there are ways to keep up your grades and holiday spirit.

When the days are long and seem impossible to get through, start making a wish list or a list of things to do for the holidays either with friends or family. After school, the last thing we want to do is do more school work, but if you power through you can have fun afterward. Help mom or dad cook dinner and add some spirit to it. Make a playlist or CD of all your favorite holiday music. Help mom or dad plan Thanksgiving dinner, or plan a party with all your friends.

Whatever it is that keeps you happy during the next few months, be sure to do it. So many people allow the holidays to spike their stress levels, which can make the holidays dreadful. Enjoy the next couple of months, and maybe hold off on the music until next month.

Alexandra Zurbrick is a sophomore at Orchard Park High School.