Warm Spirits to Battle Cold Days

Winter isn’t coming — it’s here.

The official first day of winter might be December 21st, but the freezing temperatures have already arrived.You’re pulling out sweaters and winter coats as Jack Frost nips at your nose. Holiday lights line the streets as you walk to get preemptive box of tissues and some moisturizer to winter-proof your skin. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but only if you keep your spirits warm during the cold days and even colder nights. According to Dr. Lawrence Smith, planning activities with your family and friends is a great way to make your holidays truly happy.

Movie Night

Grab the cocoa and pop some corn! A movie night is an easy way to have a cozy night in with your friends or family. Whether it’s a Pixar movie marathon or binge watching the new season of Gilmore Girls, a movie night will surely keep your spirits (and your body) warm during the winter. Try making your own hot apple cider before hand to make the house smell like holiday cheer. If you’re looking to stuff your face with popcorn, try ditching the microwave bags and use an old-fashioned popcorn maker with olive oil. Next, grab some pillows and blankets, or even try making a fort if you feel like going all-out. It’s the ultimate recipe for a good, warm time.

Night Light Walk

If you’re looking to brave the cold, try going for a walk around town and look at the holiday lights. Going for walks is a good way to stay active during the winter while still being able to catch up with friends and family. A lamp-lit walk sets the mood for good conversation. If your city has a Christmas Tree Lane, try bringing the kids and watch their eyes light up as bright as the festive decor they gaze at. You’ll definitely have to grab your warmest winter coat and a big scarf, and probably some mittens and a beanie, but it’s a guaranteed good time.

Snow Day

The best part about freezing temperatures is the snow… when it’s not taking over your car and driveway. You and your shovel might have become best friends during this season, but despite that downside, snow is actually pretty great to play in if you’re prepared. Grab some sleds or ice skates and take advantage of being in a frozen winter wonderland. If you are more extreme, it’s time for you to whip out your snowboard. Not only will you be exercising, but you can bond over the inevitable slipping and sliding and face plants. Laughter will surely keep your spirits warm!

Have other suggestions for warming up your winter? Let us know!

Author: Maya Gilliss-Chapman

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