by Tiana Austel
Winter is the season of love, beauty, joy, and generosity. Although the summer and lazy days in the sun seem far away there are still many exciting things to do in the winter. Here are some tips on what to do while you are cooped up at home:
1) Have a Movie Night
Bring on the hot chocolate and the movies. Winter is literally made for movie nights and snuggling up under a fluffy blanket. Dim down the lights and pop in a DVD for a whole night filled with laughter, tears, and cosy entertainment. Some recommendations are Elf, A Christmas Story, or A Charlie Brown Christmas.
2) Bake Some Cookies
Nothing is better than the smell of cookies baking in the oven. Bring back memories from your childhood and stick a batch of homemade cookies in the oven. Then to add a bit of excitement substitute ingredients to fit your taste. Add some peppermint for some Christmas cheer or mint swirl chocolate chips for an extra punch.
3) Have a Cheesy Holiday Sweater Party
Let everyone dig in their closets for their cheesiest, ugliest sweater and let the hilarity ensue. Side effects of this party may be hysterical laughter, mentally scarring photos, and an inability to look at moose the same way.
4) Read a Book
Yes, some people read for fun, and although it may be surprising they actually enjoy it. Go run over to your local library and grab an interesting book off the shelves. Then curl up at home on a comfortable couch and just read. While reading let your imagination run wild and bring the story to life.
5) Have a Bonfire
Grab a blanket and a buddy and go down to Dockweiler to have a night on the beach. Roast some hot dogs and some marshmallows and watch the sun go down.
6) Take a Weekend Trip to the Mountains
Just because LA is seemingly lacking in snow, doesn’t mean you can’t go to a place that isn’t! Leave Friday after school and take a road trip up to the mountains and go skiing.
7) Take a trip the the ice skating rink
What’s winter without ice skating? Take a trip over to the ice skating rink and strap on some skates. Bundle up with a warm jacket and wear some socks and spend a night filled with disco lights and laughter.
8) Take a Walk Outside and Look At the Lights
As the Christmas bells get close the streets start to light up. One day bundle up in a warm sweater and go and see the lights on Candy cane Lane or just down the street. Try to find beauty in the simplest of things and walk slowly to take the whole experience in.
9) Watch the Tournament of Roses
On January 1 wake up a bit earlier and watch the Rose Parade on T.V. or go and watch the parade live! Take part in the beloved tradition of the Rose Parade and watch the numerous marching bands as well as sweetly scented floats made of fresh flowers. Then later get your game on and watch the Rose Bowl game with your family.
10) Take a Trip to An Amusement Park
Just because it is not summer does not mean that all of the amusement parks are closed! Local favorites such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland redecorate their park for the winter to add an extra holiday feel. Take a day and go to a park with a bunch of your friends for enough memories to help keep the winter blues away.