Why I Will Love Winter

bundled up in the coldIt’s cold here now. I hate the cold. And yet, I have determined that I will do everything I can to love the next few months of cold weather.

“When is spring?”

I saw the question on Facebook last week. A friend had just seen the first snowfall outside her window and I chuckled at first at the notion that we were all already tired of the winter. But then my brain did something weird: it calculated how long it was until spring.

About five months.

And it occurred to me that five months was a lot of life to wish away. It’s nearly one half of a year. One five month stretch is about 2% of a childhood, small when compared to the whole, but huge when I remember how fleeting one whole childhood really is. I don’t want to wish away even 1% of it.

Life doesn’t wait for spring to keep going. My son was born in December, and my Poppy died in November. My brother was arrested in January. These memories are shrouded in snow, and they remind me not to take any day for granted, regardless of the outside temperature.

So, I have resolved to embrace this winter. I’m going to love the crap out of it.

I’m going to love winter because fleece-lined tights and cable-knit sweaters don’t require shaving or dieting to look good.

I’m going to love winter because handmade scarves make much better gifts than handmade swimsuits.

I’m going to relish the opportunity to trade showers that wash off the mud for baths that warm the toes.

I’m going to remember that you can’t teach your kid to make a snowman or throw snowballs at your husband in July.

What A Wonderful Life

I’m going to love cuddling under blankets and putting marshmallows in cocoa instead of over a fire.

I’m going to take a minute to marvel at seeing my own breath in the air.

I’m going to be glad that I don’t have to worry about bee stings or boob sweat.

I’m going to love winter because I love Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas magic, and New Year resolutions.

Devin Decorating

I’m going to appreciate the season of shoveling the neighbor’s walk, getting cards in the mail, and wrapping presents.

I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity to decorate my house and turn my attention back towards home for a little bit.

It’s not easy for me to love winter. I hate being cold and have an innate craving for sunshine.

But life doesn’t have to be easy to be appreciated.

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  1. Megan says:

    I have to tell you, I look at those pictures I took when we were in Becky’s uncle’s cabin, and I miss that damn snow so much. It was magical to me. Of course it’s different when it’s every day for months, but so are 90 days with 90 % humidity. Either way you kind of want to stay inside!
    Megan’s most recent post: How To Grieve

  2. Megan says:

    90 degree days with 90% humidity…
    Megan’s most recent post: How To Grieve

  3. Beth says:

    Did you read my post? Cause it sounds very similar to your friends comment about how far away is spring. I am not looking forward to our second new england winter, and I hope that maybe I can keep re-reading this and change my frame of mind.
    Beth’s most recent post: I like green

  4. Inspiring post! I was just thinking about winter the other day and how much I don’t like the cold weather. But I do choose to love in a place where it gets cold and snows so why not just embrace it? One benefit I already have is that I do already love snow, so that works to my advantage!
    Janine @ BreathOfOptimism’s most recent post: Guide Words

    • Miss Britt says:

      I’ve lived in a place without seasons, and I can see the advantages of having them and not having them. If there was a great city in the south, we might have ended up there. But, as you said, we CHOSE here – so might as well learn to love all of it!

  5. heidikins says:

    I live in one of those “Snow in September, snow in May” kind of places and I found it makes a HUGE difference to have cold-weather gear to stay warm outside, AND TO GO OUTSIDE! You don’t need to go all out with North Face stuff or anything, but a thick wool coat, scarf/hat/gloves and boots to keep your feet dry will do wonders. And then get outside as much as possible and enjoy what little sunshine there is.

    xox

  6. Melissa says:

    Hi Britt,
    I am loving your site! What better gift is there than offering warm thoughts and happiness? I love this post on the cold moths of winter. Living in the very snowy mountain country and not especially loving the cold either, has it’s challenges. You are completely right stating we need to appreciate each day for the gift it is-the Present. I like to look at winter as a time to enjoy cuddling up inside and choosing to do things that are nurturing to my soul. I use hobbies like crochet and knitting. They keep me centered in the moment. I have friends that paint and friends that write. I practice a stress technique that is best used 2-3 times a day. In the summer that can be hard when we are going all the time, so what an opportunity to catch up on it more in the winter months? Its all about perception and I choose to see winter as a time for growing and healing. Thanks for sharing your WARM post!
    Melissa’s most recent post: The Secret to Growth

    • Miss Britt says:

      I just learned how to knit last winter, and then I completely forgot about my needles once it warmed up outside. And wouldn’t you know it – I’ve been feeling the bug again recently!

      Thanks for coming by! :-)

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