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Five Wonderful Winter Activities

When the big freeze sets in, keep busy with these wondrously wintry pastimes

Posted: 14 December 2012
by Fiona McKim

1. Children can bring the beauty of a winter snow flurry indoors minus the slushy carpets by making a pretty homemade snowglobe. Take an old, cleaned jam jar and remove the top, then trim a piece of cork to the width of a pound coin and superglue it to the underside of the lid. Find a small festive figurine or ornament and glue it, bottom side down to the cork. Next add a few dashes of glitter to the jar and fill nearly to the top with water, screw the lid on tightly and tie a ribbon around the join to decorate. Now shake and watch the sparkly snow fly!

2. Wrap up warmly, make up a flask of hot chocolate and set off on a winters day walk. Many National Trust properties hold organised family walks with specially trained grounds staff who can introduce your family to the flora and fauna that thrives in the chillier winter months.

3. Cold weather means guilt-free indulgence in comfort foods so there is no better time to try your hand at winter-themed cake decoration. Try putting a handful of glacier mints on a sheet of greaseproof paper in the oven at a low heat for five minutes. Once they have cooled, break up the glassy sweets into dazzling icicles, perfect for adding a wintry look to cupcakes and gateaux.

4. It may result in a few bruised knees and red faces amongst the less Torvill and Dean-like of families but don’t let that put you off – ice skating is also likely to give rise to a good few chuckles and an opportunity to work off any seasonal overindulgence. Many town centres and tourist attractions set up temporary ice rinks during the winter months often along with German markets, hot food stalls and fairground attractions.

5. When the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, seize the opportunity for some family time. Playing a board game or watching classic films together with homemade snacks and hot drinks should be more than enough to give you that snug, happy feeling that can only come from being cosy indoors whilst a flurry of snow falls all around you. 

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