It’s winter, my friends.
With the coming of December, the most wonderful time of the year begins! Apart from the cold and the slush, there are so many reasons to celebrate the winter season. People smile more. There are rosy cheeks. The spirit of giving (and mass-consumerism) is all around. But most of all there’s magic. The air feels electrified with possibilities and potential for beauty and love and life. It’s practically crackling with joy!
I think that sometimes we float through the seasons without appreciating them, and this is true with winter more than the others. It’s cold! We don’t want to bundle up and head outdoors (although bundling up is all the more fun, sometimes): we’d rather stay curled up in bed with hot apple cider and a movie. That’s what I love most about winter: the two extremes. You can go outside, put on your most adorable mittens and toques, run around like a crazy person doing errands. Then you can come home, be warmed up by a hot drink and a cookie and nest for a little while. I think the key to appreciating winter is to balance these two extremes: don’t forget to go outside! I have friends who would go days without venturing out-of-doors last winter due to tunnels on campus/downtown..that can’t be good for your vitamin D/happiness levels!
I want to tackle this season. Take it out, football style. Jump on it, crush it, love it. I want the most of it. I want to appreciate the little things which come with winter and winter alone! Which is why I’m going to make my Winter List up front and personal, on the 2nd of December, giving me no excuse not forget to do things. Hope this can serve as inspiration to your winter delights!
Ice skating on Mont Royal Beaver Lake
Make a snow angel
Make mulled wine
Hang up twinkling white lights all around my room
Make a gingerbread house
Throw a small dinner party
Pass a few hours reading in the bookstore
Find thoughtful gifts for everyone on my list
Do something to give back
Watch all my favourite holiday movies
Buy myself a cute furry hat
Enjoy soup as much as possible
Have a baking potluck
Visit the Beaux Arts museum
Walk around downtown and admire the festive window displays
Get a refreshing haircut
Remember to dress stylishly despite the weather
Be creative with packaging gifts: reduce waste!
Cook for others
Do the holiday baking with my Mom and sisters
Be thankful for everything
Eat cherry candycanes
Decorate the Christmas tree
Study hard for exams
Get enough sunlight
Write letters to loved ones
Drink loads of hot chocolate, eggnog and apple cider
Treat myself to a Christmas present
Read by the fire
Make a snowman
Wear a dorky Christmas sweater
Eat as many types of fondue as possible: cheese, beer-batter, chocolate
Dance around my apartment singing festive songs
Create a delicious holiday meal
Take photos of snowflakes
Hugs. Give and get.
Celebrate Hanukkah with my friends
Eat chocolate Turtles
Play with my cats and doggie
Kiss in the snow
Watch the Food Network with my Dad
Order Chinese food
Watch Sex and the City reruns
Go out for dinner with: old friends, family, my loves
Eat pomegranates and grapefruits and clementines
What are you looking forward to most about winter? What are your special traditions for the holiday season?
Happy December everyone!