4 Cozy Winter Activities for Weekends Indoors

By Alicia Geigel on January 26, 2018

Winter is a great season full of Instagram-worthy pictures of the outdoors, baking cookies, and staying bundled up on the couch with Netflix as your companion. No matter how long I have lived in the Northeast (a whole 21 years may I add), I never seem to get used to the blistering cold of the winter. For whatever reason, I am never ready for it and when it comes, I stay inside a good 90% of the time. Some people like to venture out and play outside, make snow angels (when snow is available), or even go on chilly morning walks. While that is all great fun, it is not for everyone, and it is definitely not for me! I personally enjoy the cold from the comfort of inside my house, wrapped up in a warm, fuzzy blanket.

Even though binge-watching “The Office” for the fifth time in a row or catching up on “Jersey Shore” reruns is tempting, this same repetitive routine can become boring when you are staying in during these cold months. Are you like me, someone who enjoys winter from the inside? Are you bored with your normal routine of Netflix and looking for cool things to do on the weekends during the winter? Check out these top four activities to keep you busy during these next chilly months!

1. Fun by the Fireplace: One of the greatest feelings is cozying up to the fireplace after being out on a super cold day. While I understand that not everyone has a fireplace, this can also take place by a space heater, wherever you can get that nice, instant warmth totally works. Lay down some blankets, pillows and gather up some of your favorite snacks for a fun time playing games or reading a book. You could even make s’mores on the stovetop or in the microwave and eat them by the fireplace/space heater for that campfire feeling! Nothing says cozy like this, and if you try it, can you invite me too?

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2. Indoor Movie Day: Remember when we were kids and made blanket forts for just about every occasion? Now that I think of it, for me it was more of a daily ritual than for something special, oh well! For this, gather up any blankets you can find in the house, preferably larger ones because they make for better forts and get to building a fort! You can use chairs, pillows, just about anything to hold up your blankets. After you are done assembling your fort, pop some popcorn and collect some of your favorite candy or cookies to bring into your new layer. Now that you have everything set up, pick out a movie that you have been wanting to see and pop it in! Not only does this give you that fun movie theater feeling, but it also gives you that great feeling of nostalgia, bringing you right back to when you were a kid. What could be more fun during these cold months?

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3. Host a Tea Party: I know at first glance this sounds a little lame, but trust me it can definitely be fun! The winter months are a great excuse not only to stay inside, but also to bake cookies and hold tea parties! Play some of your favorite music to channel your inner Betty Crocker and scope out some recipes that appeal to you. Personally, I love a good chocolate chip and peanut butter blossom, my favorite recipes are from the Pioneer Woman and Food Network! After you have baked your cookies, brew some tea;  this can be either the standard Earl Grey or if you are feeling adventurous, try something fun, whatever appeals to you! Once you have everything made, assemble the plate of cookies, mugs for tea, and pretty napkins and invite over some friends to enjoy a fun tea party!

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4. Indulge in Comfort Foods: Winter is the perfect time to indulge in the comfort foods that you are hesitant to have during the summer months (I understand we all want to watch our bikini bodies). Some of my favorite, easy comfort foods include mac and cheese, grilled cheese and tomato soup, or French toast- all can be made on a budget and are super yummy and delicious. If you are looking for recipes for any of my favorites, here are my go-to’s from the Pioneer WomanCampbell’s Soup and Food Network. Nothing is more winter than hibernating and enjoying some of your favorite foods, enjoy a bite for me!

No matter how much we can all love or hate winter, I think we could all enjoy some days staying warm and cozy inside. Whether you enjoy being outside and basking in the chilly air or staying inside, there is nothing better than relaxing in the warm indoors surrounded by those we love. As always, enjoy!

By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | writer at Top5Must & KnowPhilly | photographer | food blogger

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