8 Cheap Things for Teens to Do During Winter Break

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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, trying to figure out what to do can be a drag. Here's a list of fun, cheap winter vacation activities to guide you.

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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 and 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 holiday classics and these Christmas comedies. (Though no holiday movie marathon would be complete without A Charlie Brown Christmas.)

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Have a Snowman-Building Party

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

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Hang Out With School-Only Friends

Check in with the 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 grabbing some pizza.

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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. Remember, giving actually feels much better than receiving! Get some inspiration from this list of community service ideas.

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See Santa

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. Get a picture to prove it to add to your parents' collection.

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Take on a Two-Week Creative Project

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 (don't paint it black without your parents' permission!) or sewing a new tote bag?

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See How Strong You Can Get

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

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Make a Gingerbread House

And then eat it. Bonus points if you make it with mom or dad. Sing along to holiday music while you work.