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Holiday decorations are essential for this chilly time of year! Just because you live in a dorm doesn't mean you can't get festive. Whether you celebrate a holiday or just want to live in a winter wonderland, there are plenty of decor options for you. Here are a few ways to make your room look cozy and bright!

1. Winter-Themed Window Clings

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Also known as "gel stickers", winter or holiday window clings can be found at dollar stores and supermarkets. There are plenty of different variations, from snowflakes to reindeers and ornaments. Since they're reusable and sticky, you can also put them on the mirrors in your dorm if you don't have enough window space.

2. Greenery

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Pine branches and mistletoe are easy to find at your local grocer's and are fairly affordable. You can make them even more festive by intertwining some fairy lights if your residence hall allows it.

3. Cinnamon Brooms 

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One of my favorite (and very affordable) winter decor items are scented brooms. Grocers sell scented brooms in all different sizes and flavors, and cinnamon or apple cider are perfect for this time of year.

4. Candles and Lights (the safe kind)!

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Battery operated candles set up in your window will look add a cozy look to those passing by! Don't forget to pick up colored fairy lights, light white and blue or red and green, from the store for a more over the top lighting situation.

5. A Treat Bowl

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I love sharing the festivities of the season with my dorm neighbors, and there's no better way to celebrate the than with sweets! Check with your resident's assistant if it's okay that you set up a candy bowl outside your door or pin a little sack of treats to your door.

6. Snow! 

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Fake snow can add a lot of seasonal fun to your room and it comes in a few different forms. Paper cut-out snowflakes, tissue paper fans, and fake snow that you can find at fabric stores are all great options.

7. Ambiance 

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Decorations don't always have to be physical. Tune into pre-made holiday playlists on music streaming platforms to set the mood. Or you could get more adventurous and throw on some holiday movies to listen to with neighbors and friends.

Although small, dorms offer a plethora of blank space for you to fill up with seasonal touches. Remember to decorate your space in a way that makes you happy and stay in the festive mood. Having something cozy and fun will help you pull through finals and slide into winter break!

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