As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder and colder, we may find ourselves spending more time indoors, especially when it comes to the evenings. Summer is a distant memory and suddenly it is dark at 5pm. Although we often talk about cosy nights in front of the TV, the truth is that Winter lasts a long time and it can get rather boring. So, with that in mind, I have put together a few activities that can make evenings a bit more enjoyable and hopefully make Spring appear just that bit sooner.
In recent years retro style board games have made a comeback and now they are once again a popular activity for Winter nights, especially for families. Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuits are all great, particularly if you have a large group to keep occupied. In addition, you can now get updated and specialised versions of all your favourite board games – one of my boy Joe’s favourite Christmas presents of recent years has been a version of Monopoly that is based around West Bromwich Albion Football Club – you buy players rather than properties. Great fun and very competitive.
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Even though I said that too many nights in front of the TV can make Winter boring, a movie night is a completely diffferent proposition. The lead up to Christmas is the perfect time to dig out all those classic Christmas movies, from ‘It’s a wonderful life’ to ‘Home Alone’. You may be able to download the films you need from Sky Movies, who have a dedicated Christmas Chanel all through November and December. Alternately, if you love the cheesiness of B movies, Channel 5 is the home of bad but brilliant made for TV movies – think ‘Mrs Miracle’ and ‘Chasing Christmas’. Just add popcorn and a glass of mulled wine for the loveliest of evenings that will give you a warm glow.
A little Craft time
Even if you are not the most experienced crafter, Winter is a great time of the year to do a little cutting and sticking with your youngsters. Poundland has a great selection of simple Christmas craft activities that will while away those dark nights after school has ended.