Josh and Sam Top 5

         By Josh Park and     Sam Goodman

 

You see bright and festive holiday lights go up on houses around the neighborhood and you can  feel the temperature drop (even though we live in a seasonless LA). You can suddenly smell the gingerbread baking in the warm and toasty oven and hear cheerful and upbeat christmas songs pop up on the radio. You can feel the stress of finals looming over your head, yet, simultaneously,the excitement of a break beckoning. This can only mean one thing: It’s Winter time and with 12 shopping days left until Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza, Sam Goodman and Josh Park are here to bring you their Winter Break Top Five!

 
 Photo provided by Marisa Groch

Photo provided by Marisa Groch

 Photo provided by Jason Goodman

Photo provided by Jason Goodman


Activity

Walking in the Grove and looking at the Christmas decorations

Ah yes, the season of overpriced presents that one is forced to buy for their loved one and the inevitable mayhem that comes with the holidays. And so, my answer shouldn’t be walking around the Grove in Los Angeles while avoiding the long line of kids waiting for a picture with Santa. But, when I see the 100-foot tall Christmas tree and Santa decorations all over, it’s all worth it. The decorations are beautiful (not to mention the life-sized plastic gingerbread house), and everyone is smiling. The Grove goes all out with their decorations, so it’s worth walking around the stores and exploring the winter wonderland.

—Josh Park

 

Food

Starbucks’ London Fog Tea Latte

When you think of holiday foods you might think of candy canes, pumpkin pie, or gingerbread cookies, but, when I think of the holiday season I immediately think of this warm and inviting drink. While it might seem like a basic holiday drink, this perfect blend of earl grey tea and milk instantly calls to me. Not only does it make me want to curl up next to a fireplace, but, this drink immediately transports me to the cold and snowy weather that we all love. So, If you’re looking for the classic holiday flavor infused into an easily accessible drink, I highly recommend the London Fog Tea Latte.

—Sam Goodman

 

Song

White Christmas by Michael Buble

Think about old, cozy Christmas songs plus modern day pop, and you’ll find that White Christmas by Michael Buble is that perfect blend. Just like a nice cup of coffee, this song warms you up, and makes you want to start putting decorations up everywhere. Buble’s smooth voice gives a new life to this old song, and makes it a song that you’ll want to put on repeat until December 25.

—Josh Park

 

Movies

How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

This wacky and feel-good film is sure to bring the holiday cheer to your living room. Portraying the quintessential Dr. Seuss story we all know and love, this movie perfectly represents the colorful decorations, gift giving, and joyful feeling in the air that we look forward to every year. So, gather around the TV, snuggle up under a warm blanket by the fireplace, and watch this classic Christmas movie that is sure to transport you straight to the snow capped hills and pine tree forested landscape of Seuss’s Whoville.

—Sam Goodman

 

Fashion

A nice flannel or a puffy sweater. 

Even in California’s winter, a flannel is my go-to closet grab when dressing for both the sunny and cold days. It’s versatility makes it so useful in all types of weathers. Forget the hipster flannel use for accessory: I’m grabbing a flannel because it feels like warm hug on a cold winter day.

—Josh Park

 

It’s time to break out your best (and ugliest) holiday sweater’s in order to fit into this season’s trends. Weather it’s decorated with dreidels for Hanukkah, a tree for Christmas, a snowy Winter scene, or just the classic holiday plaid, with your sweater you’re bound to fit into any event. I know sweaters are my comfiest thing to wear during the holidays and I’m sure to be busting out my favorites this season, and you should too!

—Sam Goodman