Illustrations by Sveta Sobolev
Ahh, winter. In those first few weeks there is no escaping the excitement of winter activities. The smell of cinnamon cookies lingering in warm kitchens, the air buzzing with holiday cheer and the panic of last minute gift shopping, all while Christmas lights twinkle and New Year’s Eve plans flood your inbox.
But now it’s January. The holidays are over. All that is left is a stale slice of Grandma’s holiday pie and a few more weeks (or months) of winter. Just days of cold gray weather. The snow has long since melted and become slush under car tires and shoes, the festive decorations have been taken down and pants (or at least the top button) have become your enemy since you’ve had that third helping of Christmas dessert.
We don’t blame you if you want to stay inside in this weather. In fact, we live in great times when, thanks to the internet, you can stay productive throughout winter without leaving your house – heck, even without putting pants on!
Here Are 31 Winter Activities To Do While Staying Cozy At Home:
- Talk to a loved one or friend on the phone.
- Find a tandem language partner from a different country and have a Skype chat with them.
- Learn a new recipe and cook up an amazing breakfast. Oh, it’s not breakfast time? Well, you’re not wearing any pants, so why bother following any of the other rules?
- Learn a few phrases in Spanish or Portuguese, and dream of all the warm countries you can visit where those languages are spoken.
- Sort through all those papers, old mail and unanswered emails that you’ve been meaning to catch up with. This may not be fun, but it’ll be so rewarding once you’re done.
- Plan your next vacation. Really get into the details: sights, where you’re going to eat, where you’re going to stay… and read this article to learn how knowing the language of your destination can save you money!
- Teach your dog some tricks.
- Teach your cat some tricks.
- Don’t teach your cat tricks! Are you insane? Do you want to have scars from those scratches and bites forever?
- Choose a new hobby that you are not good at and start learning about it.
- Get a hot bubble bath going and make it extra cozy with nice candles and music.
- Learn to knit yourself some cozy socks.
- Learn to cook a new meal. You’ve already cooked breakfast and now it’s time to stretch your skills. If you order groceries online, you don’t even have to leave the house! (Consider wearing pants when opening the door for the delivery person though, otherwise things might get awkward.)
- If you don’t want to cook, try to order food in the native language of the restaurant you’re ordering from. (Again, please put on pants when the delivery person shows up.)
- Try your own language challenge.
- Make a scrapbook of all the fun winter activities you were doing just before the new year.
- Learn Italian and dream of a time and place where the only cold thing you might come in contact with is not snow or ice, but ice cream. Er…sorry. I mean, gelato.
- Work out. Bonus: Your pants can’t get all sweaty and gross while working out if you aren’t wearing any!
- Understand what the Danish word hygge really means, and then hyggify your apartment.
- Catch up on all the shows you want to watch… okay, you didn’t need us to tell you that, did you?
- Clean up your hard drive. Those 3,023 photos you still have of your ex? Yeah, you don’t need them.
- Write a letter. Yes, by hand! When was the last time you did that?
- Learn a language that is spoken in a colder region — for example Swedish, Norwegian or Russian — and then pretend that the cold weather doesn’t bother you at all because you’re accustomed to much worse.
- Curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and read a good book.
- Curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and write a good book. (Major bonus points if you do it in a different language.)
- Watch a holiday film from a foreign country. Yes, the holidays are technically over, but you’re home alone, no one has to know. (See what I did there? Home Alone. Yea know, the holiday film?)
- Clean out your closet.
- Sell the clothes you just decluttered on Ebay.
- Catch up on the news.
- Recreate one pin from your Pinterest. Hair, make-up, home decor, calligraphy… it’s up to you.
- Learn how to say hello in 10 languages. It’s only 10 phrases, you can do it!