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Enjoy More Time Outdoors

(Even When It’s Cold)

The amount of time people spend outdoors has dramatically decreased, as the Environmental Protection
Agency now reports the average American spends 87
percent of his or her time in a residence, school building
or workplace.
Being outside is linked to better moods, more physical
activity and less exposure to contaminants (concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher
indoors). Also, people who spend time outside may not
come into contact with surface germs or develop various
illnesses spread as often as those who spend a lot of time
indoors.
Cold weather can make the desire to be outside less
appealing, but it is important for one’s mental and physical well-being to get outside. The following activities
might coax people outside for some crisp air.

While many plants and animals hibernate in winter,
there is still plenty to see. Bring along a sketch book or
camera and capture nature in winter. White-washed hills
can be beautiful to behold, and many small animals and
birds look even more vivid against the white backdrop
of snow.

Make an Obstacle Course

Turn an area of the yard or park into a homemade
obstacle course. It’s much more difficult, - and a great
workout - to try to jump over snow mounds or run down
paths when decked out in warm layers. Engage in lighthearted competitions with friends and family members.

Get physical. Get physically active with friends or family
members by staging mock Olympic events in the yard. These
can be fun “sports” created by participants or variations on
fun winter activities. Sledding races, snowball dodging contests, ice skating obstacle courses, and much more can make
for an entertaining afternoon.

Build a Bonfire

Children can set off in different directions to gather
up firewood to craft a bonfire with adults in a safe location. S’mores taste equally delicious whether it’s warm or
cold outside, and in winter they can be accompanied by
toasty mugs of cocoa.

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Get cooking. Cooking can certainly pass the time, and it
can be even more enjoyable when done in the company of
others. Send out an invitation for friends to stop by for a meal
or plan a meal prep party.

Get Sporty

Sledding, skating, snowshoeing, and ice hockey are
just a few of the winter sports that can get the heart
pumping and muscles working outside. These activities
are entertaining and also great exercise.

Host a movie marathon. Handpick some favorite films
and invite everyone over for a movie marathon. Fill the family room, home theater room or living room to capacity and
host a group for a film fest. If space permits, set up one room
with a children’s movie for youngsters, while the adults retire
to another room for movies that are more their speed. A buffet table set up with assorted snacks will help keep bellies full
while guests watch some favorite flicks.

When venturing outdoors in winter, dress in layers.
This way clothing can be put on or taking off to reduce
the likelihood of hypothermia.

Winter days and nights are ripe for entertaining possibilities. These events help squash the cabin fever that can sometimes develop during the colder times of year.

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Winter entertaining need not end once Christmas and
New Year’s Day have come and gone. Getting together with
friends and family is still possible even if the weather outside
is frightful. When Mother Nature takes a chilly turn, those
who don’t want the party can consider the following entertaining ideas.

Host a “snowed in” party. Spending a day cooped up inside when the roads are covered in snow might not be your
idea of fun, but invite a mix of friends and neighbors who
live nearby over, and this impromptu party can make the
cabin fever disappear. Ask guests to bring one food item or
beverage. Light a fire in the fireplace and set out some cozy
throw blankets. If possible, invite everyone outdoors to build
a snowman.

Create Snow Critters

Go on a Nature Hike

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Indulge in sweet treats. Comfort foods can make even the
most blustery winds easier to tolerate. Invite people over for
a dessert party. At a dessert pot luck party, everyone brings
along a favorite decadent dessert, from molten lava chocolate
cake to warm bread pudding. Serve alongside tea, coffee and
hot chocolate. Adults can enjoy the added punch of spiked
beverages, which can warm everyone up instantly.

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Why do snowmen and women get all of the fanfare
this time of year? Just about any living or fictional creature can be molded from snow and embellish landscapes.
Use food-grade coloring in spray bottles to added even
more creative flair to snow designs.

Coffee enjoyed with a group of friends can
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