10 Things To Do This Winter
The cold months of winter definitely boast a certain charm, wouldn’t you agree? The snow, the festivities and the cold fresh air bring back memories of happiness and wonder, but in order to fully enjoy this unique season, you need to take part in the unique activities that are associated with it. Here are 10 great examples of fun and relaxing winter activities. Happy holidays!
1. Shopping for Christmas
Shopping is a fun activity all year round, but it is even better close to Christmas, since it involves buying presents and surprising your loved ones with delicious treats. You can go by yourself or you can take a friend, but just make sure you go early if you want to avoid the crowds. Whether you need decorations, tree lights, food, gifts or party outfits, a Christmas shopping spree will definitely lift your spirits and put you in a holiday mood.
2. Watching Movies
Christmas movies are always special, especially since most of them are quite old, which means you must have seen them when you were younger as well. Gather your family and watch an all-time classic such as Miracle on 34th Street, or maybe a more recent film such as “A Christmas Carol” starring Jim Carrey.
3. Bake Cinnamon Rolls
Look up a good recipe for cinnamon rolls and try to make a few with your own hands this winter! These delicious sweet treats need to stay in the oven for just 30 minutes, after which you can take them out and surprise your loved ones with your amazing culinary skills. However, if you don’t feel like baking alone, you can always ask your mother or grandmother for some help in your endeavor, as this will also allow you to spend some quality time together.
4. Build a Snowman
The snowman is by all means one of the most recognizable symbols of winter, so don’t you even think about skipping on building one this year! Just in case you’re not all that familiar with the process, a snowman is built by adding large snow boulders on top of each other. Once the main body is complete, you need to give your snowman a face by adding eyes (charcoal or stones), a mouth and a nose (usually a carrot).
Now you can add buttons on its body and put a scarf around its neck, while a hat works great as a final piece. If you have some old brooms lying around that you don’t quite need anymore, you can also put arms on your snowman. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you have fun in the process. Remember to wear gloves and warm clothes, since making a snowman with friends usually leads to our next activity: snowballs fights.
5. Snowball Fighting
Snowball fighting is probably one of the most entertaining activities that you can enjoy during winter, and since it involves you running around and throwing stuff at your friends, it can also help you burn off a few calories. Health benefits aside, snowball fighting is fun and engaging, allowing you to show off your amazing aiming skills and quickness. Just make sure you’re not too good, or else you might find yourself the victim of a snowball ambush. Once you get tired, you can lie on your back in the snow and make a beautiful snow angel.
6. Reread a Book From Your Childhood
We all know that winter and the holidays are magical times for children, so if you want to relive those moments and feel like a small boy or girl again, all you have to do is pick up an old book that you used to read when you were very young and go through it once more. If you have a fireplace, you can read it and remember your early days with fondness as you listen to the crackling wood and the howling of the winter wind as it passes by your windows. A warm drink always helps as well.
7. Mail a Handwritten Card to an Old Friend
The holidays are the perfect time to get back in touch with distant relatives or old friends, and even if the internet and mobile phone allows us to communicate instantly and effortlessly over vast distances, the best way to show someone that you truly care and miss them is by sending them a card written by your own hand.
8. Go Ice Skating
Among the many activities of the cold season, you shouldn’t skip on ice-skating, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skater. Ice skating is that “slippery” activity that manages to blend grace, fun and health into one rewarding endeavor, and whether you will choose to do it by yourself or with your friends and family, you will definitely have a great time nonetheless.
Moreover, apart from its obvious entertaining purposes, ice-skating can help you keep in shape, and it can be practiced outdoors on frozen lakes or ponds as well as indoors on skating rinks.
9. Go Sledding
Sledding is a great activity for both adults and children alike, offering thrilling sensations of freedom and fun for all involved. By practicing this incredible seasonal sport you will be able to socialize, meet new people and even make friends. After a busy day of sledding, you can always go back home, warm up a cup of tea and tell your friends about your recent adventures.
10. Drink Hot Chocolate
If you are not a big fan of outdoor activities, or if you just feel like staying home one day, you could just prepare a nice cup of hot cocoa or chocolate and savor it while admiring the beautiful winter scenery from the safety and warmth of your own home. Furthermore, during those chilly, frightful nights, you can gather your family and savor this delicious beverage while making plans for the holidays or telling stories. If you want to surprise your loved ones, you can add a touch of vanilla, cream or cinnamon in the cup for a surprisingly uplifting taste.