Monday, January 28, 2019

Winter Bucket List to Reconnect with Your Family this Season

Although the holiday season may be behind us, the Winter season has only just begun. There’s no reason why our attention to family time should only take place during the holidays. Afterall, celebrating the individuals who bring us so much joy should be a year round occasion!
Follow this winter bucket list to make 2019 a year of reconnecting with those you love and cherish most.


Embrace the snow this season! Make the most out of the next blizzard by turning hills blanketed with snow into your family’s personal racetrack. You’ll have a blast slipping and sliding with your sleds to the bottom of the hill. Before heading out, read up on sledding safety in order to ensure your loved ones are safe while having fun.

 Movie night

Some nights are better spent inside and away from the cold. Stay warm on the couch with your loved ones for a family movie night! There are loads of flicks to pick from, spanning across so many genres, but not every one may be appropriate for viewers of all ages. Finding content without less than preferable surprises can be difficult, but opting for family-friendly Christian movies can solve this without taking the fun out of movie night!

Ice skating

Whether you’re  a figure skating champion or a complete newbie, all are welcomed on the ice. Check out your local or surrounding towns to see if anyone is hosting a seasonal outdoor rink. These are typically budget-friendly, offering low-cost admittance and skate rentals. If the low temps have you wanting to stay inside, opt for an indoor rink. Look for local hockey rinks, either independent or associated with a school district, which will offer free skate times for outside visitors.

Make a scrapbook

Reminisce over the last year by creating a family scrapbook showcasing all of your favorite moments. Your children will have so much fun adding their own personal style to every page, and you’ll love reliving all of the wonderful bonding your family shared. Go the extra step and make a yearly scrapbook a tradition!

Go “glamping”

Perhaps it may be a little too cold out for a tent and sleeping bags in the middle of the woods. However, you can still camp with style! Glamping is a new trend amongst outdoors lovers, referring to glamourous camping or “camping with style.” There’s no need to drop thousands on a true glamping trip- draw the curtains, string up white lights, and lay out your sleeping bags right in your living room for a mock camping experience. You’ll get to rough it as a family without losing your amenities like a shower and kitchen. 

Learn a winter sport

Winter can surely be a lot more fun if you don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch. Rather than stay back and indoors while other hit the ski slopes, bundle up and get out there, too! Learning a sport like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or hockey is a great way to get your children active while also providing them with something they can do for many Winters to come. Warm up with a family hot chocolate after a long day out.

Track the weather

As the temperatures continue to drop and the snow continues to accumulate, you may as well have fun with it! After a snowfall, have your family put in estimates of how many inches accumulated. Go outside with a ruler and measure its height. The person with the closest guess gets to pick the night’s family movie or dessert. If you don’t live in a snowy area, try a similar guessing game but with temperatures or wind speed.

Send New Years greetings

There is no better way to kick off the first month of the new year than sending your sincerest well wishes to all that you care about. Have your family work together to compile a list of friends and extended family who you’d love to send a New Year’s wish to. Assign a list to each member and get writing! If you have a little one with handwriting that is a little messy, have them help decorate the cards or lick the stamps!

Creating memories with our loved ones is so important and something we will cherish as the years go by.  I hope these ideas will help you to spend more time with your family and spark new ideas of your own! 

Blessings - Julie


  1. Oh, what a fun post, sweet friend! I loved reading your ideas, and it was just such a heartwarming visit here today. We love doing things as a family, and it surely does strengthen our bond. So thankful for you and your beautiful blog. I LOVE the picture you put in the New Year's section. I am going to pin it! Sending love and hugs your way today!

  2. I am happy to say we have enjoyed two movie nights in the last few days as a family. One with old home videos, and the other was Love Happy, an old Marx Brothers film. :)


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