Now that you have found that perfect acreage that was for sale by owner, are you ready to make that piece of country land into a home for your family? What makes a home more than the memories you can make with your family? And this country farm land will be the best setting for the kind of holiday fun that they sing songs about.
1. Dashing Through the Snow
One of the greatest perks about a home in the country is all that wide-open space. One good snowfall, and the world is your Olympic stadium. Get out your skis and survey the land, cross-country style. Or, if speed is your thing, it’s a sled you want. Grease up those runners and find a good hill.
If you don’t see a single snowflake, that’s okay. There are still plenty of winter activities you can enjoy. Explore your new farm on horseback, or better yet, load the family in a buggy for a caroling excursion.
2. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
It doesn’t have to be chestnuts that warm you up by the fire out in your spacious back yard. Try a pot of cocoa. And who can resist making s’mores with the kids? You could bring a blanket out and make an entire picnic for the family by the fire.
Don’t forget about the birds! They need food too. Bring out some birdseed for them. Or better yet, make your own birdfeeders by rolling peanut butter-covered pine cones in some birdseed and hanging them from the trees.
3. Over the River and Through the Woods
Head out on a photo expedition to take pictures of the winter landscape. Maybe you want to take it slow as you traverse the countryside. Find some snow shoes and get your exercise in while you’re taking in the view.
Even without snow, a winter landscape can be stark and beautiful. Your photos can be framed to display or transferred to canvas for real works of art.
4. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
If you’ve got kids, there is no end to the fun that can be had out in the snow. Don’t let the kids have all the fun! Build separate snow forts and make your snowball fight into an all-out war. You could also build obstacles for a race with your kids and/or dogs. Or, for the less competitive in nature, shovel paths to make a treasure hunt in the snow. For those with an artistic flair, add some food coloring to spray bottles filled with water and paint your masterpiece in the snow. (Don’t forget to take a picture of this temporary work of art!)
5. Since We’ve No Place to Go…
The snow has piled up, and you must stay inside? Take a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and sit outside on your front porch swing. When there’s nothing left to do, of course you can now give yourself the excuse to just relax and cuddle up by the fire with a good book.
When winter comes, you will be so glad you chose to settle your family on a cozy country farm. With plenty to do, this holiday season will be one of your most memorable ever. Start making those memories now!