The winter blues come in all forms, and it is common for people to feel down and out during this time of the year. Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to combat this seasonal sadness!
From getting crafty and creative to taking advantage of all that the holiday season has to offer, there are lots of great activities that can help to beat the winter blues. Plus, all of the ones that are suggested down below can be done inside the house, can be done without too many extra resources, can be done for free, can be done with all family members and can be done at any time, to shake things up and have some fun!
10 Make A Gingerbread House
A popular thing to do around Christmastime is to make a gingerbread house. This combines artistic abilities and cooking skills, as everyone is able to create their own unique and edible homes. From the icing that holds it all together to the gumdrops and peppermints that add finishing touches, these works of art can then be shown off online and then eaten, as well... which is certainly the best part of it all.
9 Watch A Christmas Movie
Another staple during this time of the year is to watch Christmas movies. There are old classics such as White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. There are fan favorites from the ‘90s, such as Home Alone and The Santa Clause. There are newer hits, too, such as The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and The Grinch. Families can watch a different one every weekend, can spend a whole week huddled down during a marathon or can save the best ones for Christmas Day.
8 Build A Fort
One of the best places to watch a movie is in a fort, and this is an activity that kiddos seem to always love! By gathering up all of the blankets and pillows around the house, a one-of-a-kind hideout can be made, and inside, kids can watch, read, color or even sleep. It may be small and built up against a couch or bed, or it could be quite elaborate, with different levels and twinkling lights in it. There really is just something about a comfy spot like this, and it becomes especially effective when the winter blues happen to hit.
7 Read A Book
Speaking of reading… A wonderful indoor pastime is reading, and this is another way to beat the blues. Parents could buy their children new books, which can be enjoyed during the holiday break. Parents could read a Christmas classic aloud to the whole family on Christmas Eve. Or children could take turns reading parts of a book out loud so that everyone can follow along. No matter what is read or how this allows people to learn new things and to escape to new worlds.
6 Go Through An Obstacle Course
To get kiddos active while spending the day inside, build an obstacle course and have them go through it! Items that are already owned can be stacked up, lined up and moved about in order to create areas that have to be crawled under, jumped over, weaved through and so on. Future architects and builders will have a blast making up obstacles, future athletes will love showing off their athletic skills, and parents will like that physical fitness is being combined with pure fun.
5 Create A DIY Decoration
Another smart option would be to get crafty, and during the winter months, Christmas decorations, ornaments, and gifts can be created. There are tons and tons of tutorials online, and there are those kids who can just sit down by themselves and make one-of-a-kind works of art. Either way, families will be able to pass the time in a neat way and will, in the end, have new pieces of decor to put up or unique presents to give to loved ones. Art time could even be made into a competition, to really spice things up at home!
4 Cook A Meal
While everyone is stuck inside and trying to stay warm, they will need to eat at some point. Therefore, family members can fight off the blues by cooking together.
There could be a special dish that everyone learns to recreate. There may be baked goods that are then given out to neighbors as gifts. There could be different assignments for different kids so that everyone works together to make a Christmas Eve dinner. These are good skills to have, and this is a good way to pass the time.
3 Sing Christmas Songs
Christmas songs are an important part of the holiday season, and music is known for boosting moods. That being said, families can gather around a piano, can whip out the karaoke machine, can go caroling or can just break out into song at random moments throughout the day! Everyone will have a blast with popular tunes about snowmen, Santa and sledding, and everyone will be happy very quickly since this is the best way to spread Christmas cheer.
2 Play Board Games
Any time a family is looking to spend quality time together at home, they can turn to board games. These teach critical thinking skills. They may enhance hand-eye coordination and motor skills. They can test everyone’s knowledge and wits. And they can bring members closer together.
Just imagine sitting in front of a fireplace with holiday music on and cookies baking in the oven and a game getting started… Those winter blues don’t stand a chance.
1 Look Back At Memories
A final suggestion would be to look back at memories: Bring out the old photo albums, put on a home video, or just go around and talk about the good ol’ days. All of these are guaranteed to put smiles on everyone’s faces, as families reminisce together. It would be especially neat to look back at Christmas memories specifically, as children remember what Santa brought, see how many more ornaments are on the tree now and are reminded of all the reasons there are to be happy.