For many of us in the United States, wintertime is in full swing right now. This time of year, it’s not unusual for many areas to see snow…and, in some places, a little bit of snow can mean a lot of time spent together at home, waiting for the roads to thaw. If you and your spouse find yourselves with an unexpected snow-day-in (or two…or three) this winter, there are plenty of ways you can create joyful memories with one another during your downtime.
1. Play in the snow
There’s nothing quite like putting day-to-day responsibilities on hold and reconnecting with your inner child on a snow day. Playing in the snow with your spouse is pure fun, but it’s also an opportunity to spark a spirit of playfulness that might have been missing in the mix of daily life. This is also a great time to reignite emotional intimacy that may have fizzled since your honeymoon.
Laughing and exerting yourselves outside can reinvigorate your passion, your bond, and the deep love you have for one another. Make snow angels, have a snowball fight, go sledding, build a snowman, or make snow cream–just get out there and let loose together.
2. Get cozy by the fireplace
It’s incredibly soothing to come into a warm house from a cold day out in the snow. After you’ve changed into some dry layers and bundled up with a warm blanket or two, light the fire in your fireplace and cozy up to thaw together. A crackling, roaring fire kindles romance, so get a little closer to each other and soak it all in.
This is a great time to strike up conversation; you can talk about happy childhood memories, favorite memories you’ve made together, activities you enjoyed while you spent time in the snow, or even share dreams for the future. Plus, tender touch cultivates deeper intimacy, so enjoy the opportunity to communicate your love for one another through touch.
3. Make hot chocolate
After you’ve finished the last of the snow cream, switch gears and mix up some creamy hot chocolate to warm your insides. Whether you like the little hot chocolate packs or have a from-scratch recipe you like to make every winter, grab a few mugs and some marshmallows, and enjoy. Sitting together with mugs of hot chocolate is another way to reconnect with those fond childhood memories, jump-start meaningful conversation, practice your listening skills, and make the most of your snow day together.
4. Play some of your favorite games
If you’re busy like most of us are these days, you might not have had much time to play games together lately. Pull out the card deck, the game console, or a few of your favorite board games, and spend some of your indoor time playing a round or two together. If you two have privacy and there are no kids running around your house (or if they’re distracted by all the snow outside), get creative and add a little extra romantic fun to your games. Even if you do have kids at home, you can create opportunities for intimacy.
5. Cuddle up with your favorite movies
When the sun goes down, keep that fireplace going and pop in one or two of your favorite movies for a date night in. If you have time, you can even binge-watch a show you’ve both been itching to see. Make some popcorn, break out the hot chocolate, prop your feet up, and relax.
6. Keep each other warm
There’s nothing quite like a little romance to round out the perfect snow day; it’s the icing on the cake! You’ve cultivated playfulness and fun all day, reconnected with one another on a deeper level, and taken time to simply enjoy each other’s company. Why not end your snow day with just a little more enjoyment? If you’ve been stuck in a rut in your marriage recently, there’s no better time to break out of it than now.
Have you and your spouse had a snow day where you live this year? What are some of your most memorable wintertime memories? Share your stories in the comments below!