Unlike in my previous post, Everyone Loves Autumn and Here’s Why, it is a bit more difficult to convince yourself that you actually enjoy winter, especially here in the northeast. Here’s a list to help you look at the snowy-white side of things and rationalize why you love winter:
Test your driving skills.
Winter’s rain, snow, sleet, hail and mix of all four can cause sketchy road conditions. The plus side is that your driving skills are challenged and by the end of February, you could be considered for Nascar’s pro circuit.
Test what you’re capable of enduring.
Along with your driving skills, test how strong your body is. There’s no better way to figure this out than by calculating how long it takes for your exteriors to go numb while galavanting outside. Winter gives you the chance to toughen up, and when you eventually do go inside you reward yourself with hot chocolate and feel more warm and fuzzy than you do the rest of the year.
No guilt about being unproductive.
The precious weekend days when you don’t have to test your body’s limits outdoors, you’re able to take full advantage of what your heated home has to offer. Winter is the only season you don’t feel bad about being a homebody and staying in your pj’s all day because the sun isn’t luring you outside like it does the rest of the year. So light some candles, grab a blanket, and get your money’s worth from Netflix.
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa–regardless of which holiday you celebrate, December is filled with holiday joy, family parties, time off from work, random acts of kindness and shopping deals. Winter is also the season for New Year’s–the time you vow to better yourself, and actually succeed for awhile.
Comfort food, round 2.
As stated in my previous post, Autumn has some awesome food. But winter provides some competition–tortellini soup, gingerbread cookies, apple crisp, red velvet cupcakes, and candy canes. Even though this list of delicious treats may result in gaining a few pounds, you don’t have to worry because once you indulge during the holidays, you’ll be starting that new diet after New Year’s, right?
Your inner child is released, round 2.
A few inches of snow tends to send us all into a frenzy, regardless of our age. Whether you’re 5 or 50, it is totally acceptable to make snowmen, build an igloo, start a snowball fight, or go sledding. There’s also the sports that get adults excited as children when the snow starts to fall, such as snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating.
No outside yard work.
There is virtually no outdoor yard work that needs to be done on a regular basis; no lawn to mow or weeds to rip out, except for shoveling which has been made infinitely easier thanks to snow blowers.
No post-winter depression.
If I have failed to convince you so far, this point is sure to convince you of why you love winter. Unlike spring, summer and autumn, you’re not sad to see winter go. You actually embrace it’s departure and the onset of life blooming again. Plus, you appreciate the warm weather even more when it finally arrives.
Why do you love winter? Let us know!
About the Author/s
Lauren is a writer and blogger for The Digest. A lifelong Sussex County resident, Lauren has adventured out of the sticks of northwest New Jersey to join The Digest team. When she is not commuting in rush hour traffic, she is typically frolicking outdoors or cheering on the Yankees.