Suggestions For Warming Up to the Onset of Winter

According to the calendar, winter officially begins on Wednesday, December 21st. After waking up to a dusting of snow on Monday morning, I think it’s safe to say that winter is here. Ideally, we would all give winter a warm welcome; however, it can be a bit of a struggle to do so.

According to MY calendar, this winter is officially my third one in New Hampshire. That being said, I’ve learned a thing or two about embracing winter and even ENJOYING it. Here are a few suggestions I’d like to pass along:

  • Keep extra winter garments in your car in case you forget to wear them on your way out the door. In fact, deciding to keep extra gloves and a scarf in my center console has already come in handy and it’s only November right now!
  • Stock up on hot chocolate and mini marshmallows. Plus, if you like peppermint, then you can take your hot cocoa to the next level by using a peppermint stick to stir it.
  • Take pictures of the beauty that emerges from things being cold/frozen. For example, my first winter here I snapped this picture of my upstairs window. To this day, it remains one of my favorite photographs:

ice-window

  • Find a few recipes you’d like to try. Bonus: If the recipe requires the use of an oven,  it’ll warm up your room even more!
  • Try to accept whatever weather is right outside your window. It’s okay to daydream about summer, but have an adventurous spirit and an open-mind. Last winter, I tried snowshoeing for the first time and now I’m a fan!

I’ll leave you with the following quote by John Steinbeck since it eloquently relates to my final suggestion:

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

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