Every winter you have two choices: You can mope around and wait for the first sign of spring, or you can put on a happy face and embrace everything that’s incredible about winter. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a little crabby when you get salt stains on your clean black dress pants, or long for the warm sunshine when your cheeks are getting frostbitten, but you should try to keep a positive outlook as best you can.

For those of you out there who are braving a cold winter, let’s look at a couple ways to make the best of the frigid temps:

Suit up and get out in the snow! Snow pants and warm coats were created for a reason, so pull on your long johns, add a few layers and get out there. Pull your kids in the sled, build a snowman, or lay down in the soft white fluff and make a snow angel. The kids will love seeing you get in on the action, and you’ll be amazed at how much fun it is to revisit the things that made you gleeful in your childhood. Not to mention it’s a great way to burn a couple extra calories!

Try out a seasonal sport. There’s only a small window of the year where you can get out and enjoy winter sports, so make the best of the time you have. Pull out your snowboard or cross-country skis, and make your way to the closest hill. Perhaps it’s a bit of a drive for you, but make a weekend or a vacation out of it and enjoy the crisp winter weather.

Make hot chocolate and warm apple cider. These drinks make even the coldest days just a little bit warmer. Take the time to make these warming drinks with your kids, and enjoy them together once they’re made. If you really need a pick me up, you can give the kids some cider and treat yourself and the hubby to some delicious eggnog!

Have a snowball fight! Invite your friends or neighbors over, get your kids into the fun, and have a good old-fashioned snowball fight. It’s a great release of energy, extremely fun and a beautiful sight to see the clean, white snow flying around.

Host a girls night in. Enjoy a few glasses of wine, a romantic comedy, or just sit around and gossip all night. It’s a great excuse to get friends out of the cold and enjoy each others’ company, even on the coldest of days.

Find a local winter festival, show or event. Most towns and cities have great activities all through the winter. Indoor or out, find out what your hometown has to offer and make the best of it. Call up some friends, make it a family day or go it alone — no matter what, you’re bound to have a great time!

Have a cuddle night with your family. Cozy up on the couch with some toasty blankets, a great movie and your loved ones. Nothing makes you forget about the biting weather and cold wind outside like having the warmth of your family around you. And after you put the kids to bed, you may have some time to get hot in bed with hubby!