AND THERE MUST ALWAYS BE A STARK IN WINTERFELL!
…um. Sorry for that outburst. Anyway, in my last post I discussed my dislike of winter.
And then about two seconds after publishing my list of twelve things I hate about that season, I realized that it isn’t even technically winter yet, so… I’m really screwed, basically. Blah. This post is an attempt to cheer myself up after writing all those complaints, because I really do want to feel less mopey about winter and more excited about what’s to come.
So. What DO I like about winter? Let’s make a list! I love lists!
Reasons To Not Hate Winter Quite So Much
+ Hats. I love hats, the more ridiculous the better, and I especially love fuzzy hats. Winter gives me an excuse to wear them.
+ Christmas! My family doesn’t follow any religion, so our Christmas celebration involves making lots of food, opening presents, and visiting some relatives. I especially love hanging out with two of my cousins, because they’re so much fun and we rarely see one another.
+ Sledding is fantastic. The hill in our backyard is rather modest, but my grandparents’ property has a SUPER FREAKING AWESOME HILL OF AWESOMENESS. It slopes down at, like, a forty-five-degree angle. Perfection.
+ The smell of pine trees. I mean, it’s already cool to have a tree in your house but in addition to that, pine trees smell wonderful. I’m always sad when we take the tree down after the holidays.
+ Shorter work hours. The restaurant where I work is busier during the summer, so during colder months my shift hours there are decreased – nine to three instead of eight to four (or sometimes even eight to five!). Of course, I don’t earn as much money now since I’m not working as much, but I’m OK with that. I don’t buy much stuff, anyway, apart from some books every now and then.
+ New Year’s Eve is fun. My dad usually makes a bunch of food – food is one of my favoritest things in life, in case you haven’t noticed – and I try to stay up as late as possible. Which is usually only one or two in the morning. But still. It’s fun.
+ I enjoy building a gingerbread house. Although last year my dad did most of the work, actually, and he built a gigantic gingerbread TARDIS covered in so much practically-glue-like icing that we still have it. It’s rather adorable and may or may not include a tiny frosting wreath on its door.
+ Snuggling under fuzzy blankets is just more enjoyable during the winter. Enough said.
+ Beautiful Christmas lights are beautiful. I think these are called fairy lights in other countries? Anyway. I love driving around at night and seeing all the houses lit up by strands of multicolored lights. I’ve never been able to take good photos of these – my pictures always end up blurry – but maybe once I get my new camera, I can try again. (Oh, have I mentioned that yet? My dad and I plan to visit some of the fancy camera stores in Chicago sometime this month. I’m so excited!)
Well, that’s basically it, I’m afraid. I mean, as it is I’ve already added some pretty minor things to this list in an attempt to make it longer. But I’m glad I wrote it anyway, because it made me a bit happier about the approaching season. Yes, I’m still impatient for spring, but now I’m excited about hats and gingerbread cookies and the smell of pine needles.
What do you love most about winter?