Winter can be seen as a joyous time of year for most people. Whether it’s looking forward to the cooler temperatures after bearing the sweltering summer heat, or for those who love to start decorating for Christmas before Halloween is even over, it is a season that people typically look forward to.
Whether you live in the city or are surrounded by snow-capped mountains, winter can be a whimsical time of year. Keep reading as this blog may resonate with some of your reasons for enjoying winter. But if winter has been your least favourite season, a few of these 'loves' might change your mind and rethink your bitterness towards the coldest time of the year.
What’s the best way to keep warm during the winter months? Hot cocoa of course! You can choose to go with a basic hot chocolate or try a white hot chocolate with a shot of espresso. Love squishy, melty things? Then this is the perfect opportunity to add mini marshmallows. Nowadays you can also find marshmallows in different colours, shapes, and sizes. If you’re lucky enough, you may even find some of your favourite characters.
With summer over, holiday movies start to trickle into your favourite streaming networks and cable television. There are many classics such as ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and ‘Home Alone’ that continuously make their appearance throughout the season. Do you ever catch yourself watching these reruns multiple times in a season? Well, there is a reason for that and it’s because these feel-good movies get you into the holiday spirit. Whether you’re tied up all day watching the Hallmark Channel or watching a classic every evening with the around the clock movie schedule, make sure you’re cozied up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate.
Homemade Sugar Cookies
Ready to take a break from the holiday rush and indulge in some baked goods? With some pantry staples and cookie cutters, sugar cookies are bound to be on this list. With your recipe or a quick search online, don’t be afraid to bake a large batch and share with it family and friends or even package them as a sweet gift. Simply dust them with icing sugar, decorate them with some creative winter designs or serve them plain and nibble away!
Put away your flip-flops because it’s time to wear some cute fuzzy socks! This wardrobe accessory is available in many different styles to keep your toes warm while staying true to your style and aesthetics. Go for a fun look with a rainbow of toe socks, a pair with winter prints on them or the classic grey workman’s sock. For especially colder days, you can find winter thermal insulated socks designed to keep your feet dry and warm.
Cheerful displays are created with the magic of holiday lights. Streets are brightened with LED string lights, icicle lights and mesmerizing displays of light-up decorations. A family favourite is driving through neighbourhoods at night to see some of the over-the-top houses showcasing a spectacle of lights, and some even allowing visitors to walk through their alluring properties.
Who doesn’t love to snuggle with a warm fleece blanket or their partner and get cozy around a fire? An outdoor firepit seems much more attractive to warm up your hands and toes or get toasty next to a fireplace after being outside. The sound of the crackling wood and hypnotizing flames can soothe your body after a long day in the cold.
Smell of Pine
A classic winter smell of fresh pines instantly signals the arrival of the holiday season. Whether through a winter hike in the forests or the holiday tree in your home, these green sharp leaves of the pine tree have a refreshing and sweet scent. Even for those who may have a fake tree in their home, scenticles are green sticks in a jar that smell like freshly cut pine tree. You can tuck a few of these in and around your tree, stimulating the senses of a real Christmas tree.
A white blanket of fresh, undisturbed snow is a sight that brings joy to everyone’s face. An easy and free activity that children and even adults can enjoy is making the perfect snow angel. This winter delight is through a simple process. First, find some fresh, light, and untouched snow. Second, lie down with your arms and legs stretched out. Then move your limbs back and forth through the snow, like you’re doing jumping jacks. The trickiest part is getting up without ruining your beautiful artwork. Finally, take a step back and admire your perfect snow angel.
Another reason to love winter? Bundle up and head on out to the nearest skating rink or pond. If you’re a beginner, you’ll find others who may take a fall too and don’t let that discourage you. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be out there for hours skating around with rosy cheeks. Depending on where you live, you can skate on a backyard rink, a lake with mountainous views or even through forests and woods lit by tiki torches at night skate. If you’re heading out to a pond or lake, ensure the ice is safe to be on.
The ultimate reason most people look forward to the winter season means that gift-giving and receiving are around the corner. Christmas lists are finalized, holiday gift-giving guides are released, and gift sets are readily available. Some love the idea of finding that perfect gift to be wrapped with their creative touch and then there are others, who wake up exceptionally early to see what’s waiting for them under the Christmas tree.
With winter officially around the corner, what are your reasons for loving this enchanting season?