Cozy winter activities - reading by the fire

As winter visits us and stays awhile, it can be too cold, windy, and frigid to enjoy the great outdoors. Though ice-skating, sledding, skiing, and snowshoeing are all wonderful outdoor winter activities, there are moments when we all need a break from the snow. Rather than catch a cold or frostbite, enjoy the warm indoors with some of these timeless winter activities.

Set aside time for a baking fest: Baking is one of those really fun activities that doesn’t require exceptional experience or talent. Some of the easiest recipes offer the best flavors! Chocolate cookies, warm brownies, and hot bread straight from the oven are just a few of the tasty winter treats you can whip up in no time.

Brush the dust off your board games and play with others: Board games may seem like a thing from the past these days, but they still hold fits of laughter and enjoyment for all. Tap into your childhood by dusting off your board games and bringing them up from the basement. Games such as Trivial Pursuit, Apples to Apples, and Monopoly are just a few games suitable for nearly all ages. What a great way to spend a lazy winter afternoon with good company!

Host a movie marathon: Do you have a movie series you have been itching to watch from the start? Perhaps watch the Harry Potter series in full. Or, maybe you want a longer series, such as Lord of the Rings. In any case, it can be very entertaining to marathon a series when you have the day to yourself, as the snow flurries accumulate out your window.

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Catch up on chores and/or home improvements: This may not be the most riveting indoor activity, but if there’s a snowstorm outside there’s no way to avoid that heaping pile of laundry in your bedroom. Likewise, perhaps this presents the most ideal time to catch up on home improvements. Maybe it’s time to re-paint your kitchen walls or do some vacuuming. A clean home is a warm, welcoming home!

Do arts and crafts: Crafting is a wonderful leisurely activity. Whether it be sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, or something more artsy such as painting or drawing, arts and crafts is a great way to spend a snowy day. Even if you’re not crafty, there are very simple needlepoint kits you can purchase through stores, such as A.C. Moore and Michaels.

Read by the fire: A winter, snowy day proves to be the best time to sit by the warm fire and read your heart out. Have a new book you have yet to crack the binding on? Here is your chance! With snow falling in the many outside, read by the fire and lose yourself in the parallel world of literature. Reading can be hard to fit in your schedule, but with hours on end to spend on a lazy afternoon, here’s your chance!

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Of course, these are merely suggestions. There are an abundance of other options you can partake in either independently, with friends, and/or relatives. Outdoor winter activities can be fun to enjoy while the cool air and snow lasts, but there are times when you need to take a break from the winter wonderland and opt for warmth instead. Try a few of these indoor winter activities out, twenty-somethings — you’ll love it!