Fun Things to Do In the Winter

7 Fun Winter Things That Every Basic College Girl Loves To Do

Baby, it's cold outside, but you can still have fun.

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It's right around October when you wake up and see that beautiful white blanket covering the earth surface. The windshields are covered with the first frost of the season and the chill in the air is just enough to create a fog when you breathe. WINTER IS HERE.

So now that going out in cute dresses and heels is a bit more dangerous (considering the ice-covered sidewalks), and football season is over, what is a girl to do for fun?

While the winter season tends to leave many feeling more comfy and cozy... like I'd rather stay in, watch a novella, and curl up by the fire with my man, there are so many fun things to do around this time that you simply have to experience a few.

1. Movie night in 

So, while this is meant to encourage you to get out and have fun, who can deny that a quiet night in, snuggled up on the couch isn't the perfect kind of night? Not me. So defiantly. Find some awesome holiday movies, pop some corn, do up the hot chocolate with all the marshmallows in the world, and enjoy.

2. Game night 

Host a game night. Invite those special few for a night of Monopoly, LIFE, UNO attack (my personal favorite), cups, beer pong, cards against humanity, anything that'll liven up the party. Get people to pitch in for snacks and you got another fun night in with friends.

3. DIY gifts

While this may seem strange, there are so many art studios that offer poetry for paint. Go in, find your piece and go crazy with the colors my friend. Do it up real good, then gift it to Mom and Dad for Christmas. So fun.

4. Go see Christmas lights 

A MUST. Take a stroll through your town. Find those areas with never-ending neighborhoods, the ones you KNOW are popular during Halloween. See while I was growing up, finding the Christmas lights was never an issue for me. My family and I lived next to the KING of Christmas decor. You think I'm joking. IM NOT. (Pictures for proof?) the guy was on the front page of the city newspaper every year. But, there's something about Christmas lights. Maybe it's their color, or their pop and flare, maybe it's just the way they make you feel. That holiday spirit jumps out at you in bright red and bright green bulbs and honestly, it's just great. GO SEE THE LIGHTS.

5. Tree farm

While not all tree farms are marvelous, most of them offer much more than just trees. Some are completely tailored to target the young crowd of Santa clause seekers. Which means there's cider, cookies, popcorn, fun decorations, trees (of course), and Santa clause will probably be there. Make a day of it. Go with your buddies, check out the farm, get some hot cider and maybe even say hi to old Saint Nick.

6. Go to the theater 

For some reason, the movies are always more magically around this time. Depending on what's playing, the entertainment industry always saves the best movies for the holidays. Take advantage.

7. Bake 

I mean duh, right? Cooking around the holidays is always so fun. Sugar cookies are the best for this time of year. Doing them up with all the frosting, sprinkles, and sugar you can. Christmas themed of course. There's so much to choose from, cakes, pies, cookies, muffins, spend your afternoon going crazy in the kitchen.

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18 Reasons Why I Hate Winter (As Told By A Winter Hater)

Winter, why must you exist?
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I have never been a winter person. I don't like snow, sweaters, or being cold. There are literally only a couple of things I like about the winter time (like Christmas) but I could be anywhere in the world and celebrate Christmas... why do I have to celebrate it while being cold???

Since winter is coming, here are just some of the "few" reasons why a winter hater (aka me) HATES winter:


1. You have to be extra careful driving

I already hate driving when it's warm, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky... but add slush, snow, and gloomy skies to the mix and I don't ever want to get in my car... ever.


2. You lose all of your gloves, scarves, and head warmers

What happened to my glove? Let me just retrace all of my steps today to go back and try to find the little straggler that fell out of my pocket probably 5 hours ago.


3. Your nose is always running

Say goodbye to looking cute for your crush across the classroom... all he'll be listening to is your sniffles and seeing drips of mucus coming out of your nostrils


4. You lose all feeling of your nose and ears because of how cold it is

I wish I remembered what it was like to have a nose or ears during the winter, but they're too busy being numb from the below freezing temperatures outside.


5. Your gas/electric bill is way more expensive

I'm in college. I'm poor. Why winter... why????


6. Let's take a stroll in the park....

Lol jk can't even leave the house or you'll turn into an icicle


7. You burn up in all of the buildings from the 15 layers you have on, then when you go outside you are even more cold because you were sweating from burning inside the building

It's a vicious cycle


8. You are always wet..

From snow, from sweat, from rain, from sleet, from your tears....


9. Your skin is always dry

Excuse me while I shed like a freaking snake and itch until I bleed for the next 4 months.


10. Where's the sun?

Miss you baby... come back to me soon.


11. You have so much more laundry

FROM WEARING 15 LAYERS A DAY YOUR LAUNDRY HAMPER GOES FROM 0 to 100 REAL QUICK


12. You have to put on so many layers just to take out the garbage

I just want to get rid of my trash in my shorts and flip flops... but nooo, winter just doesn't allow it


13. You can't just get in your car and leave... you have to defrost and scrape and shovel

Which means getting up 15 minutes earlier. Ugh.


14. Getting out of the shower is almost worse than getting out of bed in the morning

It's just so warm and steamy, then your naked body turns in to a snowman as soon as you step out of the shower


15. The damn static in your hair and on your clothes... there aren't enough dryer sheets in the world to solve that problem

Thanks Downy for trying so hard


16. It's falling season...

Walking is more difficult than ever because of the icy ground.. this is not good for us clumsy people


17. You can't run outside without coming back with frost bite

Do I really have to spend the next 4 months on the treadmill?


18. Everyone is always sick

And for us hypochondriac's that is not something you want to mess with.


I've tried to like you winter, but we just don't get along. Maybe one day I'll understand the loveliness of your snow and your nasty bitterness, but for now I'm just going to sit and mope until the end of March.

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Saying 'Thank U, Next' To Winter

Seriously, warm weather can't get here soon enough.

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With spring break coming up in the next few days, all of us Midwesterners are surely dreaming of sunnier days. When the sun comes out, smiles come out with it! Here are 10 reasons I'm ready to say "Bye, Felicia" to the dreary winter months and "Hey Sisterrrr!!!" to spring and summer.

1. Layers on layers on layers

I am so tired of having to put on 15 billion layers just to go to class! I definitely took the days of walking to class in gym shorts and a t-shirt for granted.

2. Dry skin (Yuck!)

I feel like no matter how much I hydrate and moisturize, the second I step out into the cold, my skin cracks! I know sweating isn't much better, but at least I'm not itching dry patches all day long.

3. Hat hair for days

Do I disappoint my mom by not covering my ears when I go to class, or do I disappoint my hundreds of fans on the quad by wearing a hat over my wonderful hair? Just kidding! Disappointing my mom is not on the agenda, so hat hair it is!

4. Walking to class in the arctic tundra

High schoolers: trust me when I say, the walk from the parking lot to the building is nothing. Leaving my dorm to walk across the quad always makes me wonder: is the degree even worth it, dawg?

5. Pedicures are pointless

As much as I love buying myself new boots for the season, I firmly believe that life is better when I'm wearing flip flops. I mean, what's the point of paying money for pedicures if I'm just gonna hide them behind some boots?

6. Iced coffee, sans judgement

Do I still get iced coffee during the winter? You bet your mittens I do! But when warmer weather rolls around, I can get it without being looked at like a crazy person on the quad, and that makes it a whole lot better!

7. Frozen cars and angry drivers

First, having to defrost my car makes me angry. Then, having my car not start makes me angry. Then, slow drivers and icy roads make me angry! All in all, winter drivers are the worst. In summer, rollin' with the windows down, music blasting: that's bliss

8. Snow isn't magical anymore, it's just slush

In November, whenever it started to snow, we all got excited and ran to take pictures. Now, it's all slushy and dirty, and when there's snow in the forecast, this GIF is how I feel.

9. The whole campus, like, always has the flu??!?!

Especially living in the dorms, the tidal wave of sickness is inevitable. And as soon as one person gets over it, another one catches it! Wash yo hands, people!

10. The billions of bruises from the icy sidewalks

Yeah, we've all seen someone do this exact dance on the way to class, haven't we?

Winter, it's been fun, but I think it's time for you to go.

The beginning of winter taught me love, with the pretty snow and holiday cheer.

The middle of winter taught me patience, with the slushy streets and jam-packed traffic.

The end of winter taught me pain, with the agony of waiting for spring to arrive.

And now, if only spring could come, I could say, "I'm so amazing!"

Stay warm and stay healthy, Midwesterners. Warm weather approacheth, I can feel it!

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