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For many Americans, winter means bitter cold, icy roads or being snowed in. As much inconvenience as winter causes, it’s also packed with fun opportunities to share with friends and family.

The winter months are packed with holidays that many Americans celebrate. Rather than falling into the stress that comes with this busy season, think of it as a chance to spend time with family and friends outdoors.

We are lucky enough to live in an area that receives a fair amount of snow, there are many different outdoor activities to enjoy. Grab your sled and find a hill with a flat bottom. Avoid hills near fences, water or roads for a safe sledding experience.

Building snowmen is a fun activity for all ages. Grab old clothes or other props to give your snowman some personality.

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider ice fishing. Find a body of water in which the ice is at least 4 inches thick, use an auger to create a hole and enjoy a winter weather fishing trip.

If you’re not up for spend ing a lot of time outside during the cold, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate winter indoors.

Choose a day or two throughout the week to incorporate a family night. This could mean playing a board game together or letting a different member of the family choose a movie for you to watch together. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the winter from inside.