Fun And Pastimes For Dark Winter Nights

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.

Board Games

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.

Play Bingo

Online bingo and games have become big business for those who enjoy the thrill of trying to win a little cash without actually leaving their homes. There are so many games out there that you can be playing, but if you want to find the best deals, freeplays, games that give you a deposit to start playing with, then you are best to look at something like boomtownbingo which gives all this information along with site reviews.

Movie Night

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.

 

How to Have the Ultimate Cosy Night In.

The days are short and very, very cold. Night comes earlier and earlier, and, if you are a bear, you’ve already made the sensible decision and hibernated for the duration of the Winter. But although hibernation is not an option for most folk, we can make the most of the dark and cold by enjoying cosy night’s inside, where we can snuggle up with our loved ones and enjoy all the peace and slumber, with a classic movie, our favourite loungewear, good food and drink, and all the warmth and comfort you find in front of the fire.

Here are some of the main ingredients you need in order to have the perfect, cosy night in.

A Good Film

It may still be a little too early for the Christmas films, but now is certainly a good time to watch a classic feelgood movie. I personally love the classic movies of Hollywood’s golden age, whether it be ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Gone with the Wind’ or ‘All about Eve’. Another great choice for cold, stormy nights is one of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. Watching the new Mrs De Winter as she arrives at Mandeley in ‘Rebecca’ is possibly the perfect movie to watch as the night’s draw in, even if you do watch some of it through your fingers…

Get Cuddly in your clothing

Winter is all about being warm and cosy, especially when the weather outside is anything but. Discard the bra and really throw off the day by opting for some soft jersey loungewear, a fluffy dressing gown and a pair of your favourite slippers. Slippers that keep your feet snug and warm do not have to be expensive, you can pick up cheap slippers that cost less than the average Costa coffee, but give you so much more in terms of long term comfort.

Food and Drink

When it comes to a cosy night in, the food and drink you choose should be of the comfort variety. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream, mulled wine, anything containing Baileys, any sort of toddy, these are the perfect drink options for cold evenings. Add in dial a pizza, which is the number one food to accompany movie night, and you have all the key ingredients for a blissful night in.

Add a throw or blanket.

No matter how warm or cosy your home is, there are a few accessories that can put the capital C in Cosy. A soft fleecy throw or blanket to cover your legs as you cuddle up to your loved one, or your child is integral to your cosy night in. Fairy lights or any sort of soft lighting can also add to the mood in the room. And don’t forget to shut those curtains, you really need to leave Winter outside so you can bask in the warm glow you have created in your home.

The idea of the cosy night in almost makes me happy about the coming of Winter. When the weather turns cold, the very best thing you can do is embrace it by getting cosy.

 

Sharing Those Winter Wonderful Memories With Truprint

Everyone has a favourite season, and for many people this has to be Winter. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and with the added attraction that we might just get a Winter Wonderland, Winter is definitely a great season for making memories that will last forever.

Truprint have many fabulous ways for you to preserve those memories for posterity, including canvas prints, photo book, personalised calendars and prints of all sizes that can then be framed. These make wonderful gifts for loved ones – can you think of a better Christmas gift than a shared memory, but also make a lovely treat for yourself too.

I have been thinking about some of my own favourite Winter memories, the days that linger in the mind and bring a smile to my face, and I’m going to share a few of them here. I would love to hear about your fave ‘Winter Wonderful’ memories too.

Snowdays

We don’t get that many snow days in the Midlands, but, when we do, it is the perfect excuse to get wrapped up and get into the garden. Making snowmen, throwing snowballs and playing on a sledge, so many perfect photograph moments as you make happy memories.

Joe’s Birthday

Joe is a Christmas baby, so that makes our December doubly special. We always have a special birthday celebration to get it separate from Christmas. This has included a Santa sleepover at Legoland, and last year we took 30 adults and children to The Hawthorns to watch West Brom V Manchester Utd. A really special day for all concerned.

Christmas

Christmas is the time for making special memories, and as a complete Christmas lover, it is a time that is a carousel of panto’s, Christmas Markets and visits to Santa. My camera is constantly out at Christmas, as I snap away at those memories, ready to relive them at a later date.

How do you preserve your photographic Winter Wonderful memories?