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Operation: Winter Break

by Carrie McDonough  

You wake up one cold, wintery morning and peer out the window. The woods and grass are covered with a thick blanket of heavy snow. Trapped in the warmth of your home, you are stuck contemplating how you will spend the day. You grumble with boredom as you assume your position on the couch to watch the same movies you’ve seen on Netflix a hundred times. Presumably, this is how you’ll spend the entirety of your day, since there’s nothing else to do when it snows… Or is there?

Make Your Own Christmas Gifts

        While snow days can be overwhelmingly boring if you don’t know how to spend them, the holiday season can provide you with plenty of ideas. Making your own Christmas gifts to give someone may seem childish but, with the right materials, you could brighten up someone’s day. All you need to create a personal gift for someone you love is a solid colored Christmas ornament, acrylic paint, and paintbrushes. This activity is appropriate for all ages and, if you have children, this is the perfect way to get their imagination active on a dull day. Whether you’re painting a cartoon character or a personalized design, your gift is guaranteed to be truly unique. If you want to add some glamor to the ornaments, just dip them in a little bit of glitter to give them a look that will surely sparkle amongst the lights on the tree. You don’t have to be artistic to make this special gift for someone!

Activities for Small Children

        Snow days bring their obvious mix of fun and mischief for young children. From having snowball fights outside, to sledding down even the smallest hill in the backyard, kids are constantly on the go. However, if you want to avoid freezing this winter, there are other ways to keep your kids entertained inside. First of all, if they insist on laying on the couch in their PJs and watching movies, mix it up a bit and help them build a fort in which they can hide and play in. Building a fort for your children is as simple as gathering furniture, such as kitchen chairs, and arranging them in some sort of rectangular order. Next, you simply gather a collection of sheets and/or blankets and drape them over top of all of the furniture, securing them with clothespins where needed. Be sure to cover the entire thing, leaving openings only where your children need to crawl in and out of or where they need to see the TV from. Finally, gather some sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets to create a little “bed,” where the children can kick back and enjoy their favorite movie.

        Snow days should never be seen as boring or a hassle, not when there are so many activities to come up with and do. Whether you have kids or are just looking for a way to pass the time, there is an activity for you. You don’t have to be artistic or rich, just a little creativity and innovation will do. Hopefully with a few of these tips, snow days will become more enjoyable for you!

Image by Julia Toth