Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Are you a winter person or a summer person? I am definitely NOT a winter person but I’m not an extreme heat person either! I like May and June weather the best. Can I be that specific? I like sitting outside. I like wearing shoes without socks. I like not needing a jacket. But, when I start hating winter I try to think of all the good things about the season. There are no mosquitos right now. Chapstick won’t melt in your car. You can leave groceries in your car for longer because it feels like a freezer outside. I can wear my rule of three layers of clothing easily.
And, in the end, I really value living somewhere with four distinct seasons. And, let’s face it, I’m only in Kentucky so it could be a whole lot worse!
So, let’s embrace the rest of this season, my friends who live in cold climates. Let’s enjoy some hygge and some fika, o.k.?
HYGGE=a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.
FIKA=a part of the Swedish culture that pertains to making time for sharing a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to eat with friends and colleagues.
So, I think Denmark, Norway, and Sweden know a little about cold weather!
-Make it a point to invite friends to share a coffee at your home or at a coffee shop. Maybe do this on a weekday to make the week feel more fun!
-Buy a new to you tea and try to enjoy an extra cup of something warm when you get home in the afternoon.
-In Germany they tend to do a 3 p.m. ish coffee and piece of cake. That sounds like a nice thing to do with family or friends.
-Enjoy your cozy slippers or socks and your cozy blankets.
-Light your candles. Everyone looks better by candlelight!
-Make your beverages at home a little more special with some whipped cream. I like a decaf coffee in the evenings and these are two of my favorite teas. The Chai is caffeinated, so be careful if you are drinking tea close to bedtime.
-This is a great time of year for hot chocolate! I found dark hot chocolate! I sometimes make a “mocha joe” and put half of a packet of this in my coffee.
-Bake something new to you. These are my hawaiian sliders but on hawaiian crescent roll dough. This is also a great time of year to bake bread, make soups, and any kind of comfort food.
-Play a game with your family or invite friends over to play.
-Take lots of naps and snuggle with your pets.
-Get outside even if it’s only for a 10 minute walk.
-When it has been days since you have seen the sun and it’s finally sunny, drop everything and get outside. You need that vitamin D even if it’s cold vitamin D!
-Use the extra indoor time to declutter, catch up on reading, movie and t.v. watching.
-When you go outside, cover all of your skin and you won’t feel as cold. A hat really does help – your parents were right! So, find a cute hat!
-Remember that the shortest day of the year December 20 is way past us! It is now staying light out as much as 30 minutes later!
-Wear cozy fabrics.
-Decorate for Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. It adds some winter fun and whimsy.
-Groundhog Day is coming up! Maybe have a Groundhog Day dinner and reveal whether he sees his shadow or not.
What do you think? How do you survive winter? Or, do you love it?
Thanks for reading!