Once the first snow hits, it’s time to start thinking about all the fun things you can do in winter. Whether it’s with your significant other, your family, or a group of friends, there are a ton of ways to keep yourself entertained during the colder months. Here are my favorites:
1) Bake, bake, and then some more baking! Go on Pinterest and look up the most delicious desert recipes you can find (there’s a lot). Have a baking day with your friends and then pig out on all your goodies. This is an activity you can do with almost anyone. You can even bake with your boyfriend, except he’ll probably just want to be the taste-tester.
2) Hot chocolate and Christmas movies! Make a huge mug of hot chocolate ( I recommend adding coffee or a candy cane into it to spice it up), find your fluffliest, coziest blanket, and watch your favorite holiday movies. A couple of the must sees are Home Alone, The Polar Express, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and White Christmas. This will bring you instant happiness.
3) GO OUTSIDE. Who says you have to stay inside all winter? Bundle up and go for a walk in the snow or have a massive snowball fight in the middle of a field. You can take a ski trip with your friends to get away from stress or go ice skating with that special someone (or someone you want to be your special someone). Then, of course, go inside and drink more hot chocolate.
4) Drive around and look at Christmas lights! The cross-country team always does a Christmas light run during finals week to relieve some stress and it’s a ton of fun. But if your not into running, drive around your area with your friends and rate houses on their outdoor lights. I would usually check out the fanciest neighborhoods because some of those homes go all out for this type of thing. You can also do this with more hot chocolate :).
5) Window-shop downtown! Downtown Chicago is magical during the holiday season and just being there will give you holiday spirit. Take a group of friends downtown and just look around all the stores (make sure you have more hot chocolate) without buying anything. This way you won’t break the bank but you still get all of the fun.
6) Volunteer! Go to a soup kitchen around thanksgiving or help decorate Christmas trees in your area. There are tons of ways to give back in the winter and you’ll be in a much lighter mood afterwards. Even just donating toys to charity helps you clear out old stuff while your also helping children have a great Christmas.
Winter does not have to be seen as a depressing, boring season. Take advantage of the season even if you are a summer person. Before you know it, winter will be gone and you’ll be wondering why you had no fun!