Monday January 14, 2019
The seasonal decorations are all packed away. All is dreary – or, maybe not. The cold, gray days of winter are ripe for neighborhood get-togethers, indoors and out.
In these technology-driven times, many people would appreciate a bit of low-tech entertainment. Why not go retro and bring back the potluck dinner? The hosting family could designate a different type of dish on each neighbor’s invitation to ensure the buffet has a good variety. Beyond that, whatever inspires the cook is fair game.
And speaking of games, set a rule that all electronic devices are to be left at home or turned off for the evening. Bring out the classics: Monopoly, checkers, Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, charades and Pictionary. Any of these games are good all-ages choices and easy for the board-game novice to learn. If you don’t have a big selection, ask guests to bring their own favorite board or card game. This could turn into an annual event with a different neighbor hosting each year.
People everywhere happily engage in winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. Very few communities have the hills and equipment necessary for such sports, but that doesn’t mean neighborhood events must be indoors all winter long.
If you live in a snowy area, here are a few suggestions for fun in the snow:
- Build a snowperson village with snow men, women, children, pets and benches for them to sit on or houses to live in.
- Tug-of-war in the snow is more fun than in the summer because of the balance issue. All you need is a long sturdy rope and something to mark the middle of the field. The winning team gets bragging rights and a prize.
- If there are any hills in your community, sledding is fun all day long. “Sleds” can be inner tubes, garbage can lids, giant woks – anything that will slide a person safely down the hill.
If the forecast doesn’t call for snow, no worries. You can still gather the neighbors at a nearby field for soccer, football, baseball or other team sports that can be played by people of all ages and athletic abilities. Organize the neighbors into teams, supply a variety of snacks and drinks, and let the games begin. No matter how chilly it is, the activity will keep everyone warm – and they will welcome the exercise at this normally couch-potato time of year.
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