Few moments are more magical than the first snow of the season, and few treats taste better than that first sip of hot cocoa on a cold day. For a moment, it feels like the fairy tale version of a winter wonderland is here to stay. But when the holidays are over and the wind chill drops below zero, the magic recedes and the winter blues set in.
Some people escape the wintry bluster by fleeing to warmer climates. But while seasonal relocation sounds ideal, most prefer to stay home. Fortunately, the winter months don’t have to be gloomy. There are plenty of fun and affordable ways to beat the winter blues indoors and bond with family and friends while you’re at it.
Here are a few ideas for keeping the seasonal doldrums — and your spending — at bay.