Do you view wintertime as a boring, cold, dreary season? Do you tend to stay inside and gripe and complain all winter long?
Sure, cold weather doesn’t always feel good. You may not be able to swim in the lake or dip your toes in the sand, but there are certainly plenty of things you can do to liven up those winter months. Maybe all you need is a perspective change and some ideas to enjoy this winter.
Here are 20 things you can do when it’s cold outside:
1. Get Into The Football Spirit
What if you get some football spirit over the winter months? Even if you don’t care that much about the sport, you can still host football gatherings and enjoy the company. Whip up some of your favorite recipes and drinks and invite your family and/or friends to the big games. Who knows, by the end of the season, you may even choose a favorite team if you haven’t already!
2. Sip Old-Fashioned Hot Cocoa
In the old days, people didn’t make hot chocolate from little packs that you buy at the store. Rather, this delicious winter drink was made with some unsweetened cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and milk. If you have a fireplace, get that fire going, whip up some creamy old-fashioned hot cocoa, and enjoy the feelings of warmness solo or with those you love.
3. Perfect Your Chili Recipe
Chili and winter go hand in hand. If you don’t already have an award-winning chili dish, it’s time to perfect it! As you work on creating your unique chili masterpiece, invite family and friends over to test it out. You may not enter a chili cookoff (but feel free if you want), but you’ll “wow” your loved ones and enjoy some delicious food.
4. Begin Scrapbooking
You’ve likely got plenty of things to include in a scrapbook. Take some images and scrapbooking supplies and make a winter project out of it. If you’ve got children, they might love to scrap with you. Visit a hobby store to get your supplies and scrap regularly. The books you create will long be cherished by you and future generations.
5. Start Journaling
Journaling is therapeutic. Get yourself a journal or notebook and place it beside your bed or wherever you feel like you’d be happiest writing. Take time daily or regularly to pen your thoughts. Write about your days, dreams, challenges, and what you’re grateful for. It can be a wonderful experience to look back through journals to track your life. You can also gain some insight into attitudes or behavior patterns that you may have missed had you not been writing regularly.
6. Start Your Book
Speaking of writing, maybe winter is the perfect time to begin writing the book you’ve been talking about writing for a while. Take small increments of time regularly and just begin. It’ll come together as you purpose to write consistently. By the end of winter, you may just have a bestseller! At the very least, you’ll have the book that’s been on your heart; the book that you were meant to share with the world. And that will feel wonderful!
7. Soak In Some Hot Springs
There may be natural hot springs not too far from you. If so, take a trip and go relax in some natural healing water. Do some research to see if there are any natural hot springs close to you. If not, maybe you can find a local spa that will do the trick.
8. Attend The Ballet
Have you ever seen The Nutcracker ballet? If not, it’s something you may enjoy during the holidays. After all, it’s a classic Christmas story birthed in 1892 as a two-act ballet about a girl and her experiences on Christmas Eve. If you’ve got children, they’d probably love the experience!
9. Catch The Classics
If you like to read, take this winter to read through some of the most beloved classic books. Take a trip to your local library or browse the hundreds of free books online. Amazon is also a wonderful resource for affordable eBooks. Not sure what classic books you’d like to read? Check out some of the Best Classic Books to read.
10. Have A Family Camp Out Night
Chances are your kids would love to camp out with you in the living room or den. Make your own tent with blankets, blow up the air mattress, or pull your mattress into the living room if you can. Make some popcorn and choose some great family movies to enjoy. This is quality family time that will create lifelong memories.
11. Go Ice Skating
Sure, winter can be cold. Why not throw on your winter clothes and enjoy it by going ice skating? Bundle up and glide around the rink like an angel. If you happen to live where the ponds freeze over, consider ice skating there and enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery. Just be sure the pond is frozen solid enough, so you don’t fall through. If you have any doubts, don’t do it. Head off to the skating rink.
12. Enjoy A Blazing Bonfire
Take some wood and have a fun bonfire evening with family and/or friends. Sit around the fire and enjoy good conversation and making memories. Feel free to make some hot chocolate and take the time to make some smores!
13. Picnic On The Floor
You don’t have to wait until nice weather for your next picnic. Simply lay a tablecloth or blanket down in one of your rooms and enjoy a nice picnic. Prepare your favorite picnic foods, such as sandwiches, fruits, chicken drumsticks, or other favorite finger foods.
14. Enjoy Game Night
You’re never too old to play games. Why not have regular game nights this winter with your family and/or friends? Dust off those classic board games and remind yourself how to play. Classic games like Scrabble, Twister, or Connect Four never get old! You can also use technology if you choose, playing games on your Wii, PlayStation, etc. Want to make it extra exciting? Have some small prizes available for the winners.
Take some time to volunteer to help those in need. Check with your local nonprofits to see how you and/or your family can be of assistance. Maybe there is a soup kitchen you could serve at. Or a local shelter that does food drives. Schools or churches may have need for volunteers too. There are plenty of ways to give back. You get to help others and it feels really good to give too.
16. Take Up Baking
When it’s cold outside, it’s the perfect time to try out some new baking recipes inside. Get the house smelling delicious! Not sure what to bake? How about an old-fashioned pie? Or a mouth-watering cake? Other favorites include tiramisu, pastries, a tart, or cottage cake (yes, that’s a real thing).
17. Go For A Strike
How about taking some time to go bowling? Put those darling shoes on see who can bowl the best game. This is a great option for adults and children.
18. Check Out Local Museums
You may not even realize how many interesting museums are in your area. Do some research and go enjoy learning about whatever your area of town is known for.
19. Break Out The Puzzles
Puzzles are great ways to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time. Dust off old puzzles sitting on the shelf in your closet or go purchase some that suit your fancy. There are some cool 3D puzzles available you could try too.
20. Give Yoga A Try
Winter is a great time to give yoga a try to get in better shape and increase your flexibility. Not sure how to do yoga? Just do some searching on YouTube to find wonderful, free yoga instructors that will teach you all you need to know.
Enjoy Your Winter
Hopefully some of these activities have inspired you to get up and enjoy these winter months.
Do you have some favorite winter activities? We’d love to hear about them.