It’s here. Finally. Winter. We’ve been spoiled so far with good weather in my corner of Canada, with only one big snowstorm in early November and just an inch or two since then. Like much of North America, we had a green Christmas. It’s been cold then balmy, flurries then rain, zigzagging back and forth like Mother Nature can’t make up her mind. But now that winter is upon us, we might as well decide to embrace it. Here are some ways to enjoy the season or at least feel grateful to be hibernating inside.
Leave the Christmas decorations up. While you might want to pack up Santa and his reindeer, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy all the twinkly lights for another month or two. I usually leave my greenery up until Valentine’s Day.
Leave the outside decorations up too. Snow on a plaid ribbon looks especially festive.
If you love the smell of pine, light a scented candle and indulge in some small luxuries like pine hand soap and hand cream.
Have oatmeal for breakfast, with raisins and brown sugar.
Then go for a walk in your warm parka. If the seagulls can brave the cold you can too.
Reward yourself afterwards by trying out a new hot drink. Steep an Earl Gray teabag in a cup of steamy apple cider for a sweet/tart taste.
Wear something in a cheerful plaid, preferably flannel.
If you don’t own anything plaid, enjoy your morning coffee in a plaid mug.
Look out the window at the snow and be glad you don’t have to drive in it.
Take advantage of being stuck indoors and spend a productive day cleaning out your closets. Save a scarf for a snowman. Once you have room, buy a new winter coat on sale, in any color but black. Winter needs a shot of color.
If you must venture out, keep warm and look stylish by learning how to tie scarves like the weather forecasters on TV. I swear they must take a course. Winter is also one of the few seasons where you can wear a hat and not get stared at.
Bake something, anything that smells good – muffins, cookies. apple crisp. Go outside and come back in just so you can smell the kitchen.
While you’re outside, feed the birds.
Go bird-watching with binoculars. Hunt for those elusive cardinals with your camera.
If you’re lucky enough to get a snow day and the kids are off school, build a snowman or two.
Have a competition for the best one in the neighborhood.
Have tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch – you’ll need stamina to shovel the end of the driveway where the snowplow has dumped a row of boulders the size of icebergs.
Make comfort food for supper. Turkey stew anyone?
January is sofa season. Watch a movie or read your favorite magazines.
Read a book or two….or sixteen. Buy enough books for the whole winter so you don’t have to go to the library at all.
We’ve all been hygged to death but comfy PJ’s, warm socks and flannel sheets on a cold winter’s night help make things warm and cozy. A velour or chenille robe for chilly mornings is great too. Not sure if I would have paid $35 for a pair of reading socks, but $12 on sale is good.
Have cookies and cocoa before bed.
And to all a good night! Happy January! (600 words and lots of pictures)