7 Things I Love About Winter

I hate winter. It might seem a bit odd that I am writing a post called “7 Things I Love About Winter,” but stay with me for a minute.

7 things i love about winter

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Yesterday was probably the last day I will venture outside without a jacket until March. As I sat in my outside office, pecking away on my computer, I was mourning. Mourning the loss of yet another warm season, and staring 5 months of cold weather in the face. No more playing in the creek, my hiking would be relegated to a few hunting-free zones, and I would need several layers of clothing to go riding.

In short, I was whining instead of enjoying the beautiful weather.

First, let me make one thing clear. I am aware I am being slightly over-dramatic. I live in Virginia, not Alaska. Sub-zero temperatures are rare, heck snow is an exciting event in this part of the world.  In reality, the chances are good for at least a few days of Indian summer where the temps soar into the 70’s in February.

None of this makes me feel any better. As I was whining yesterday, I decided I wouldn’t make it five minutes into winter if I didn’t come up with at least a few good things about the winter season. Kind of like writing down things that make me happy in my Happiness Journal, I am attempting to focus on the good to make the bad seem not so bad.

#1 – I can turn my oven on without stressing the air conditioner.

I love to bake, but summertime baking can be a challenge. Every time I turn the oven on it gets at least five degrees warmer in the house. Cookies are not the only thing I end up baking. The dogs lay panting on the kitchen floor, the cats head for the cool bathroom tiles, and the kids head out to the creek.

#2 – Sweaters

I love sweaters. Big over-sized cozy sweaters. Winter means I get to throw on my best cozy sweaters and snuggle.

#3 – Hot Chocolate

My father bought me 100 packs of hot chocolate mix for Christmas last year. Somehow I didn’t manage to get through them all. It’s good to set goals, like killing the remaining 75 or so packets of hot chocolate.

#4 – Lighting the fireplace

The smell of burning wood, curling up in front of the fireplace and letting the heat soothe my back. Yea, the fireplace is one of my favorite things about winter.

#5 – Christmas

The one time of year when people seem to act a little kinder.  This year I am hoping to have all 4 of my kids together for Christmas and it has been a few years since we have been able to pull that off. S

# 6 Snow

Okay, I know. How can I hate winter and love snow? I love to see one good snow a year. I live in the mountains and they are stunning dressed in freshly fallen snow. My dogs also love it, and I always get a kick out of them running around and rolling in the snow. Snow, just once.

#7 New Years

I saved the best for last, New Years is by far my favorite wintertime event. Not because I enjoy getting hammered and staying up till midnight, but because New Years represents the start of new things. It is a time to reflect on your wins over the past year and plan some goals for the new year.

Are you a winter lover or hater?

Now that I have indulged myself in a little cheering up, how about you? Do you love winter? or hate it? Have you been reading this post coming up with your own little winter wonders list? I would love to hear your thoughts on winter, leave your list in the comments!

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