Winter is the most wonderful time of the year…except for your poor backyard. Far too many people neglect their yard all season, claiming that it’s “too cold” or “too dark” to enjoy the outdoors. But did you know that you’re actually missing out on months of fun in your very own winter wonderland?
Here are some ways to enjoy your backyard no matter how frightful the weather gets:
Lighting Up the Night
The number one reason people give for not using their backyards in winter is “it gets dark too early”. With the sun setting before the end of the workday, they feel that there simply isn’t enough time to do anything outdoors during the week.
Eliminate this problem by installing lights in your backyard. Heat lamps are an excellent choice because they provide both illumination and warmth during the coldest nights. White or colored hanging lights provide a “festive touch” which gets you in the spirit of the winter holidays.
Once you’ve got your lights up, the possibilities for backyard fun are endless!
Bonding by the Bonfire
Stay warm all winter with a classic backyard fire pit. Bond with family and friends around a warm, cheery bonfire. You can tell ghost stories, roast marshmallows, or even drink hot chocolate or mulled wine. You’ll feel just like you are camping – but in your very own yard!
Installing a fire pit also provides a great opportunity to host parties and neighborhood get-togethers. Your yard will become “the place to be” as friends and family bond around the fire. You can even make it a themed event with “S’mores Night” or “Singing Holiday Carols”.
Going for a Soak in a Hot Tub
Another great way to warm up is putting in a hot tub! At the end of a long work day, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in heated, bubbling water. Not only will you stay warm all winter, but your stress levels will decrease and your muscles will be more relaxed than ever before.
Keep in mind that hot tubs require regular maintenance. Clean your tub frequently and don’t forget to re-apply chlorine and other chemicals. If you aren’t sure what to do, your local pool & spa store will likely offer helpful tips and even “first-time hot tub owner” classes which you can attend.
Add even more homey touches to your backyard tub with fun and relaxing accessories. Treat the water with your favorite relaxing scent, such as flowers or ocean breeze. You can choose a light in any color to keep the tub illuminated at night. There are even multicolored lights which flash like a disco ball to create an instant party spot!
Cozying Up in a Log Cabin
When you hear the words “building a house in your backyard,” you probably immediately think of children’s playhouses. However, adults can enjoy backyard “tiny houses” as well – and there’s no better place to snuggle in the winter than inside a cozy log cabin!
Log cabins can range from simple gazebo-like shelters to roomy retreats to even home gyms filled with your favorite exercise equipment. (After all, what better way to keep warm in the depths of winter than working up a sweat?) Hire a professional to build and install your cabin and enjoy it all year round.
You’re Never Too Old to Play in the Snow!
Think back to how much you enjoyed snow days as a child. No school, no homework, just a fun day with your friends to build snowmen, go sledding and challenge each other to epic snowball fights. Now, imagine recreating those blissful days once again as an adult – because you can!
Playing in the snow is recommended for ages 1 to 100. The possibilities are endless! Team up with some friends to create a “grown-up” sized snow fort. Organize the neighborhood kids for an all-out snowball showdown. You can even create your very own backyard ice rink to show off your skating skills!
Finally, once you’re all done with your “snow day” fun, finish up with one of the other suggestions in this article. Soak in your tub, curl up in your log cabin or gather around the fire to reminisce about the wonderful day you just had. (Then get ready to do it all again the very next day!)
Don’t let long nights or snowy days stop you. Your backyard can be your family’s personal paradise all year long. No matter how cold the winter gets, it will never be too frigid to enjoy outdoor fun. Add some light, some warmth and of course your very own “can do” attitude and you’re all ready to go!
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