Ah, winter. That magical time when your toes are always numb and nightfall starts at high noon.
(The hot water bottle of my dreams! Image source)
Take the curse off winter with some cheap, time-tested pleasures:
- Write a long letter and seal it with wax
- Paper dolls! Cut some out for… any loved one who can’t yet be trusted with scissors. Dolly Dingle will always be my favorite.
- Play a game of Authors. In Little Women, the March sisters play Authors— and now Alcott is part of the deck! That absolutely slays me.
- Bake something. Combine your baked goods with tea, and wham! Instant party.
- Take advantage of the extra-long evenings by reading the extra-long classic novels you’ve been putting off for fifteen years. Or, if you have a pile of mending or other hand-work, watch an epic movie.
- Make a big pot of soup or stew, and eat it with crusty bread. Easy.
- Radio shows: you could try a classic, such as The Great Gildersleeve, or something more modern. This American Life?
- Knitting by the fire— or by the space heater. Fine, fine, by the TV.
- Make your house smell good. Scented candles, dinner in the oven, simmering orange peels… do what it takes.
- When you crawl into bed, take a hot water bottle with you. Then do your level best to hibernate, because winter can really suck.
What’s your cheap, old timey winter pleasure?