Yes! It is cold and winter is coming (or is here...depending on if you go by the calendar or the thermometer) BUT it can still be fun (I promise). These few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be very stressful with holiday parties and shopping. It feels like there is so much to do and who ever thought it would take THAT long to decorate a tree?
It's important to remember to take some time out and do something FUN! It lowers your stress - builds relationships (that's what the holidays are about - right?) and creates smiles and memories.
If you are looking to spend some time cutting down your own Christmas Tree, here is a list of Worcester County Tree Farmers. It's a great idea to support your local farmer and many of these farms feature sleigh rides. Check them out here: http://www.pickyourownchristmastree.org/MAxmasworc.php
Ice Skating is a fun way to spend a few hours in the cold and although the ice is not thick enough outside until near the end of January, here is a website that has listed all the indoor skating rinks http://www.americantowns.com/ma/worcester-county/news/ice-skating-rinks-for-worcester-county-massachusetts-maps-and-directions-242067.
VisitNewEngland.com has a list of holiday events (tree lighting, zoo lights, santa visits and concerts) that you can sort by area here: http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/events_holidays.html#22138
The Ecotarium also has a special event for the little ones that runs two weekends in December: http://www.ecotarium.org/activities/christmasjourney/
Let's not forget the ski areas once the snow falls (it will!). Snowboarding, skiing and cross-country skiing is fantastic exercise and it keeps you warm while you are outside getting some of the precious vitamin D from the sun. There are many areas besides Wachusett Mountain (although that is my favorite to board in the area) and VisitNewEngland.com has put a nice list together here http://www.visitnewengland.com/current_category.2916/companies_list.html that also includes the weather/snow conditions.
Ski Ward in Shrewsbury does SNOW TUBING also http://www.skiward.com/! Have they made the snow yet? That does sound like fun today!
Make the most of the cold weather and enjoy your time! Build some snow people in your front yard - cut out snow flakes - popcorn garland and home-made wreathes - whatever it is - get out and stay moving!