Have a winter celebration! No pressure of gift giving like Christmas. Just a cozy time to enjoy each other’s company.

Get that fireplace going, heat some warm stew or chili in the crock pot, warm bread and cookies, offer mugs full of hot chocolate, coffee, and chai tea. Check out this five-star rated beef stew recipe from Spend with Pennies.

Decorate with garlands made from mittens. Populate the floor with lots of throw pillows and blankets. How about a deck of playing cards or Uno?

Plan a day to go out to the country and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Perhaps you enjoy skiing? Have you tried cross-county skiing? Maybe just a snowy hike or be brave and break out the ice skates or sleds! Boy, could I tell you a story about my mom and sledding on an inner tube! (Well, maybe another time.) Pack all those warm foods in a collection of thermos bottles.

Had a fantastic snow? Host a snowman building competition in the neighborhood. Pinterest has some clever snow creations that go beyond the three-ball snowman.

If you are staying indoors, build your camp inside. Try making a “fire” out some sticks and twinkle lights. Use the sofa and its cushions as your tent support. Remember those camp cones I talked about in the Fall section? Follow the recipe but roast them in the oven for a warm and melty treat!

Add the sounds of nature from an app or a sound machine, or just enjoy the quiet beauty and cozy comfort of winter!

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