While it might have been chilly for the last couple of weeks, today is officially the first day of winter. Even if cold weather isn't your thing (same), there's something so cozy and magical about this season that it could warm the heart of any winter Scrooge.
To celebrate the beginning of the season, we compiled a bucket list of ideas to do on the winter solstice and beyond. And for those who are cold-averse, you'll be happy to know that you don't even have to leave your home for a lot of these. Happy wintry season!
1. Light a Fire
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, then you've got to bask in the warmth. There's nothing like lighting a fire, enjoying a warm drink, and taking it easy. And if you don't have a fireplace, light a candle instead.
I don't know about you, but winter makes me antisocial. All I want to do is hang out at home. So I think it's the perfect time to pick up a new hobby. Even if you're still planning on being social over the winter season, it's still the opportune moment to try something new. What about knitting a chunky scarf for when you eventually do have to go outside? Or finally learning guitar?
5. Go for a Walk
While hibernation is so tempting, you've got to go outside once in a while. The weather can be cruel sometimes, but for the days when you can step outside without the fear of frostbite, it's nice to take a stroll and take in the crisp air. And if you live somewhere with snow, it's even more magical.
6. Do a Seasonally Appropriate Sport
Ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, sledding—the winter activities are endless. And even if you live in a warmer climate, you can still take part—there are always indoor skating rinks.
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10. Take a Nap
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Ah, my favorite part of hibernation. A good afternoon nap feels so comforting, and it's made even cozier with chunky-knit or faux-fur blankets.
Whether it's a show you've seen over and over or a new series everyone is talking about, binge-watching is a great hibernation-season activity. Invite some friends over for a movie marathon or series viewing.
12. Invite Friends Over for a Cozy Night In
Don't feel like going out? Get your friends to come to you with the promise of snacks and drinks and fun. A board game night could be fun, or a movie marathon like above. A dinner party or potluck is another good option.
13. Make Some Travel Plans
If you have the winter blues or feel bored, get your mind off things by planning your next trip or adventure. It'll give you something to look forward to.
14. Donate Items
Every season is a season to give back. Use this opportunity to donate old clothes, books, furniture, etc., to people in need.
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This can also get your mind off the winter blues. Plus, winter is not all about hibernating at home and avoiding interaction with others. Look up some new volunteer opportunities and donate your time and talents.
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Live your life like you're on The Great British Bake Off. If you find yourself spending more time at home, try a new recipe or bake your famous chocolate chip cookies.
Winter can stir up some fond, nostalgic memories. Relive some of your favorite childhood moments by doing something you loved to do as a kid. Get a coloring book, do an old-school craft, go sledding, make hot cocoa and cookies with your family—whatever makes you feel good.
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