There are some days and holidays seasons when you are itching to get out of the house and explore.
You might book a last-minute flight across the country or take your friends on a hike. Then, there are those moments when you feel like staying at home.
Do you want to tell your co-workers that you actually interacted in a social way or managed to do more than sit in the dark watching old seasons of Friends?
Or, maybe that social pressure means nothing to you, and you just want to enjoy yourself without leaving the comforts of your very own home. That could mean that you just want to see your friends and never leaving your doorstep — a brilliant plan!
Either way, here I have some handy ideas that can make you feel like you've done something this vacation rather than loaf around and stare into the depths of your fridge once every hour.
Really, this is a guide for what I can actually doing rather than saying that I'm bored and then never leaving the house or doing anything interesting on breaks.
1. Have a movie marathonGiphy
Go ahead and invite some friends over and have a movie marathon. You can even make it a weekend-long event with your roommates or family members. Pick a long series (Star Wars for example) and make some snacks to enjoy during it all.
2. Host a potluck dinner partyGiphy
Don't want to go outside for dinner because of the cold and the cost? Invite your loved ones over for dinner!
And make it a pot luck to minimize grocery shopping and so that everyone contributes to the feast.
3. Invite some pals over for a good old-fashioned sleepoverGiphy
I am a huge proponent of sleepovers as friends. Adults de-value the importance of a good sleepover, and I think this comes from years of forced roommates situations because of college. However, the great fun of having your friends over with some video games, nail painting, and baking sounds absolutely wonderful!
4. Shoot your own episode of “Chopped”Giphy
Want to make dinner without the budget for a full six-course meal? Get your roommates together or call over a friends and find ingredients in your pantry and fridge. Put them out and randomly select some options in "baskets." Try and make some delicious meals out of them.
If you want to add an element of surprise and get a little creative, decide the baskets for your friend and have them do the same for you.
5. Have an arts and crafts nightGiphy
If you don't already have some paint supplies lying around, they're quite cheap to get from a craft store. Bring over a couple guests and grab some snacks and have a paint night!
Hopefully some of these suggestions will give you ideas on what you can do this winter break so that you feel social and excited without ever leaving the comforts of your apartment. Even if you have the energy to get out, the weather can be miserable enough that you can't find yourself wanting to venture out in it. Regardless of the reason why, embrace the homebody life and relax with some of these activities.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and enjoys their time in which ever way they choose to. If everything else fails, Nickelodeon is getting onto Netflix. I know that I've already started Victorious and the holiday has barely started. Enjoy yourselves!