How to get in the holiday spirit, UC Berkeley style

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The holidays are just around the corner, and regardless of whatever finals you have down the line, it’s important to get in the spirit. Just as every other December, you’ll start thinking about presents for others, hear jingles in every shop you walk into, and break out your most ridiculous holiday sweater at some point before the new year begins. But maybe you’re looking to spice up your holiday season, so we at the Clog have some recommendations on ways to do just that this December.

Invest in a plastic, plug-in tree

Christmas trees are a royal pain in the ass, just ask Jerry Seinfeld. They’re large, expensive, messy, and would probably annoy your RA bringing it in and out of your residence hall. For as little as $15, you could have a tree that you pull out every December, plug in through the month, and then put back in your closet for the next 11 months.

Or to show your Stanford hate, replace your tree with a (hopefully fake) bear

The holy trinity of UC Berkeley necessities are caffeine, memes and hating Stanford. Some are more passionate in their hatred than others, and may go as far as to not want to bring a giant tree in the same space that they live in. If you’re this kind of person who’s filled with school spirit, you may want to invest in a holiday bear – most likely a large stuffed one that you randomly spot on top shelves at grocery stores, but maybe you’re ambitious and will buy one of those bear statues from an antique store. If you’re really ambitious, maybe you’ll find a live bear that’ll be still and allow you to decorate it in lights and ornaments.

Hold a gift exchange/Secret Santa, solely with items from Daiso

Ah Daiso, the one-stop shop where you can get a notebook, a bathmat and a pack of Hi-Chew for less than 10 dollars. Given it’s affordability, close location, and wide variety of options, you could practically do all your holiday shopping there. So before you temporarily part ways with your friends at the semester, gather them all together for a Daiso-themed gift exchange/Secret Santa. You may never know how much your friend needs that laundry net.

Sing carols at the top of the Campanile

Being so caught up in our regular student lives, we sometimes forget that we are able to ride up to the top of the Campanile and enjoy one of the best Bay Area views for free. Not to mention that the hourly bell can be heard all throughout campus even in the most secluded corners of Berkeley. So as a means of spreading the holiday cheer, head to the top of the tower and belt out your favorite carol at the top of your lungs – friends and megaphones are encouraged but not required.

As the 2017 holiday season rolls around, make sure to enjoy the festivities, UC Berkeley-style.

Contact Doug Smith at [email protected].