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Bored? 37 analogue ideas for your winter day

Not everything was better in the past, but some things were different. It wasn't so long ago that people here on the Alpe di Siusi and elsewhere spent the darkest days of the year not watching TV, but ... Yes, what did they actually do? What did people do to combat boredom in great-grandmother's day? How did people used to spend the cold winter days and dark December nights? We went down memory lane, asked the old neighbour and collected the 37 best ideas for a relaxing, uplifting and unique leisure time for you. Without a smartphone, PC, TV, tablet or anything else:


  1. Darning socks
  2. Learn to knit or crochet
  3. Play a board game
  4. Writing a letter
  5. Rummage through the photo box and reminisce
  6. Play (or learn) an instrument
  7. Call someone you haven't heard from for a long time
  8. Learn a poem by heart
  9. Try out a new recipe
  10. Paint a window picture
  11. Fold wrapping paper (for next year)
  12. Make angel figures out of pasta
  13. Watch the snowflakes fall
  14. Go for a walk
  15. Make a winter campfire outdoors
  16. Make a mandala out of branches and pine cones
  17. Go on a winter safari with the old camera
  18. Set up a birdwatching station in the garden
  19. Trudge through the winter forest
  20. Read a book
  21. Dance
  22. Planing the calluses off your heels
  23. Cook a punch
  24. Talking again. For real.
  25. Fathering a child
  26. Get a good night's sleep
  27. Work on your handwriting
  28. Go tobogganing
  29. Making a body scrub from sugar and olive oil
  30. Drying orange peel on the radiator
  31. Building a snow woman
  32. Dreaming of last summer
  33. Go ice skating
  34. Visiting the neighbour
  35. Eating cake
  36. Organising an arm wrestling competition
  37. Planning the next holiday at the Zallinger
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