I think it’s a shame that Christmas isn’t further into the winter season, or that it’s socially taboo to leave all our lights up beyond the first week of January. Why do I say that? Because all those lights and decorations make the chilliest December nights just a bit warmer – wow, I apologise for the cheesy factor, but am I wrong?
Once January hits, we get to look forward to about four more months of winter. And I mean real winter, with thirty below temperatures, the occasional snow storm, the waking up before the sun and going to bed after it, all that fun stuff. It can get a little tedious, to say the least.
But never fear! Here are some reminders about the awesomeness of winter, and some tips on how to survive.
Don’t bother learning how to pronounce this Danish word that represents the concept of coziness. You’ve been living it your whole life. But if I’ve peaked your interest, then I guess you can learn about it. The word is hygge. There’s a book. That is all.
Make sure you have all of the winter gear you need, and then some
Boots, ski pants, parka, scarves, neck warmers, toques (not beanies!) and 80 pairs of mittens.
Make sure you have at least one pair of Team Canada mittens so everyone knows how patriotic you are, and NEVER THROW THEM AWAY no matter how tatty they get.
Oh, and don’t worry about looking like those models in the store flyers. They wouldn’t stand a chance in the weather you’re facing. Besides, warm and slightly sweaty under all those layers is the new sexy.
Recognise that there are still sunny days in winter
The sun! It’s there! It’s warm and bright and makes even the coldest winter day bearable! Go to it. Love it.
Forget the cold by nesting under a quilt or two and binge-watch your favourite show on Netflix
And then quietly stress about all of the work you’re ignoring. And then realise you haven’t been outside in days and should probably remedy that. So…
Participate in winter sports
I’m a big fan of skating and sledding. They can’t be replicated in the summer, so they’re kind of special. Take advantage of that. Winter = winter-only sports. Also, hockey. I know I’ll get an earful if I don’t mention hockey.
Make sure you always vent about your winter woes with your closest friends and family over a hot cup of whatever
Remember, we’re all in this together.
Any other tips?
Keep smiling, friends!