today officially marks my first day of christmas break. i had my last day of second term of grad school completed (yay!) on december 7th. since then i have felt much better and less stress. i didn’t realize how much of my mental capacity was taken up by school. now that i am aware of it, i look forward to strategizing a plan to have a more free mind winter term. my last day of work was yesterday, and it was a very full and festive day at the middle school. tons of students were served hot cocoa in a brand new mug that they got to take home. it was the best. i fully enjoyed it, and probably enjoyed wearing the reindeer ears a little too much :) today i plan on being festive myself. watch a christmas movie, make sugar cookies, wrap presents, do a little shopping, and diffuse some christmas smells. i hope everyone has a very happy and blessed holiday season. i want to completely embrace all this christmas has to offer, and i plan on doing so by enjoying every moment spent with family and friends and remembering all the joys of this celebration. cheers to the most wonderful time of the year!