5 Outdoor and Indoor Winter Activities to Brighten Shorter Days
Posted byLibby Mullen
It’s a fact of life whether you live in frigid Manhattan or pleasant San Diego: thanks to the fewer hours of daylight, winter can be a bummer. Luckily, there are many ways to maximize precious daylight hours, even if you’re battling cabin fever indoors or a wintry blast outdoors. Here are five ideas to pass the time and brighten the season without spending a dime.
Indoor Winter Activities
1. Movie marathon. Are there DVDs collecting dust on your shelves that you haven’t watched since last winter? Embrace the Marie Kondo mentality and enjoy them one last time, then bring the stack down to your local charity, thrift shop or library to let them bring joy to someone else. It’s a great chance to teach your children a lesson about living simply and giving to others.
While you’re enjoying a movie, for a fun twist, play the Santa hat game. Place a Santa hat on one of the top corners of the TV. When characters position themselves so the hat looks like it’s on their head, the first viewer to yell “Santa!” gets a point. Winner gets to pick the next flick!
2. Fashion show. An afternoon indoors is a great chance to organize your closet. To make it fun, put on a fashion show. Do your hair up, apply your most dramatic makeup, and try on the clothes you haven’t worn in a while. You might be surprised to find a dress or sweater you forgot you look great in that you can layer up for the next polar vortex. Anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the last year can be donated along with those DVDs you sorted through.
3. Meal prep. Working a full-time gig can be a struggle from December to March, especially if you have an early wake-up call and the sun is still sleeping. On top of that, by the time you get home it’s dark out again, making it feel like the day is over before you’ve even pulled into the driveway! It’s easy to give into the temptation of a quick, hot drive-thru meal this time of year.
Use a Sunday afternoon to assemble the week’s meals, so you can set yourself up for success in the coming days. Whip up something light and healthy that can easily be reheated when you get home.
4. Holiday light tour. Fill travel mugs with hot cocoa for an after-dinner stroll through your neighborhood to take in the lights and decorations. Invite your neighbors to walk with you. The more the merrier! Share stories of holidays past with your friends and perhaps draw inspiration for future festivities.
5. Snow angels with personality. Guaranteed, everyone who grew up in a snowy climate has made a snow angel. For a fun twist, fill empty plastic spray bottles with water and food coloring. After you’ve made your angel, spray it with the water to draw outfits, crazy hairstyles and neat backdrops. If you’re out with the little ones, use the opportunity to teach them about mixing colors or have them craft a story about the angels and their adventures.
There are plenty of fun things to do during dreary days, whether they’re outdoor or indoor winter activities. Don’t let winter keep you from having fun!
- Posted by Libby Mullen
- On December 30, 2016