Fall and winter are my favorite seasons. I love Christmas, my
birthday is on Christmas Eve and the snow doesn’t bother me (I know I sound a
bit like Elsa). Despite the beautiful holiday decor and having an excuse to
indulge in rich comfort foods, my family does not share my enthusiasm. They
complain about the cold with scrooge-like eye rolls and never indulge my request to snowmobile or toboggan.
Over the years we’ve had to come up with a few indoor activities
that we all enjoy and today I’m sharing a few of our faves.
1. Christmas movie marathon
There is nothing I love more than snuggling up on the couch in a warm blanket and watching my favorite Christmas movies. My sister and I
make a whole night of it. We order takeout, get our snacks ready, whip up some
hot cocoa and turn on the Christmas tree to ignite a little holiday spirit. Invite
friends and family, get comfy and have fun!
A few of my favorite holiday classics include:
*The Grinch starring Jim Carey
*While You Were Sleeping
*Christmas with the Kranks
*Rudolph – I’ve been watching this version since I was a
*Edward Scissor Hands
*National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
2. Host a themed dinner party or brunch
Each year my friends and I host several themed dinner
parties and at Christmas we like to try new recipes for desserts, eggnog, and
hearty soups. Cook the meal together, set the table and catch up on
life. You can even use the Pinterest
recipes you’ve been dying to try.
A few of my favorite dinner party themes include:
*Alice in Wonderland high tea
*Escape to India
*Summer in Italy (we tried to make gnocchi from scratch)
*Island vibes (Caribbean food)
*An evening in Thailand
*Fright Night (Halloween inspired)
*Ice cream sundae buffet
3. Gingerbread house or Christmas cookie competition
Building a gingerbread house or baking Christmas cookies with the family is always a fun
way to spend an evening. Make it a competition and award prizes to the winner and runner-up.
When it’s dark and dreary outside, put your cell phone down for a few hours and play some games. A few of my past favorites include a homemade jeopardy board
with personalized categories, hilarious mad libs and blindfolded candy taste
test. If you prefer to do things old-school, pull out the board games, karaoke machine or
playing cards. There are also online quizzes, scavenger hunts and murder
mystery night. Get creative and make lasting memories.
Buy some booze, invite your friends over and whip up a few
delicious cocktails. Compete to see who can create the most original signature
drink and name. Things tend to get pretty crazy when alcohol is involved.
A relaxing spa day with the girls is just what I need after
a hectic week. Buy some face masks, set up a mani/pedi station (you can even
hire a manicurist), put out a few skincare essentials and pamper yourselves.
Don’t forget the snacks and wine. If you aren’t in the mood to host a
get-together, indulge in a solo spa day and try some yoga or meditation.
7. DIY projects and crafts
There are many projects on my to-do list but I rarely have
time to complete them. Recently I learned how to re-purpose my used candle
jars for all kinds of cute stuff (you can find that article HERE
If you are stuck indoors why not be productive. Start a scrapbook, redecorate a room,
organize your closet using that shelving unit you never had time to build or
make some Christmas goodies and cards for loved ones. Beauty gift baskets
and hot cocoa jars with homemade cookies are always a hit.
8. Start a novel you’ve always wanted to read
Curl up in you favorite chair with a good book, clear your mind and escape for
a few hours. If you love reading as much as I do, get your friends on-board and
have a book club meeting/pot-luck lunch. We usually take turns choosing the novel and hosting/preparing
discussion questions. You can also watch the film adaptation together.
A few of my favorite novels include:
*A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni
*Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet
*A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
*Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni
*I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
*The Red Tend by Anita Diamant
*Queen by Alex Haley
*Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
*The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
*Davinci Code by Dan Brown
*The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
*Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
*1984 by George by Orwell
*Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins
*The Crucible by Arthur Miller
*Sweet Revenge by Nora Roberts
*The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
*The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
*Trading up by Candace Bushnell
*The Promise by Danielle Steel
*A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon
*The Biography of Malcom X
*The Twilight Series
9. Romantic date night at home
I love going out with my husband but when it’s freezing
outside a cozy night at home with a candlelight dinner and soft music is just as romantic. Sometimes we plan our next big trip or
snuggle in bed and watch a movie on Netflix. If you have kids (I don’t)
drop them off at your parents house for the night or ask your teens to sleep
over at a friend’s so you aren’t interrupted. Every couple needs time alone to
10. Holiday decorating party
Decorating for the holidays is fun but it can also be a lot
of work, especially if you have to do it alone. Every year my sister and I host
a tree-trimming party with family and friends. Sometimes we pick out a fresh tree (which is always an adventure) or we use our beautiful faux tree. Roast
chestnuts, make holiday inspired drinks, bake cookies, play carols and have fun
making the house look like a winter wonderland.
I hope these tips inspire some indoor fun this winter. For more holiday ideas follow my new Pinterest account HERE