Winter Favorites

Many moons ago* I wrote a post about my Christmas favorites and later, one about my fall favorites. Writing both was a blast, so I’m back at it again, this time with a post all about winter.

*All right, so it wasn’t actually that long ago. Indulge my dramatic ass momentarily, pls.

In addition to everything listed here, you should definitely check out my Christmassy faves: I didn’t list them here because I felt it would be redundant, but they’re obviously an important part of each winter as well.

I hope this post gets you thinking about what it is you most appreciate about the seasons!

books.

I’m not embarrassed to say that The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is my #1 winter favorite. Yeah, I’m an English major, but that doesn’t mean I want to write lit fic for a living. To me, there are few literary joys better than finding a beautifully-illustrated, lyrically-written picture book that doesn’t talk down to kids. The simplicity of The Snowy Day is what makes it work and is the reason why it’s stood the test of time.

Stumbled across an article the other day that I wanted to share with all of you: “A Black Kid in a Hoodie Brings Tidings of Comfort and Joy.” Did you know it was the first full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist? I didn’t.

Moving to an entirely different genre now, another winter favorite of mine is Misery by Stephen King. Not only is it mostly set during the winter, if I remember correctly, but I also read it toward the end of December several years ago!

movies.

Just realized I don’t actually have many (any?) favorite movies set in winter that aren’t Christmas movies… but that’s all right, because I often associate movies less with when they’re set and more with when I first saw them. (For instance, upon repeated watchings Moonlight is clearly meant to be a summery film but because I first saw it in January 2016, it will forever make me shiver with remembrance of that cold evening.)

Anyway, Star Wars was originally a spring/summer thing for me, but with the latest crop of movies I now get super excited each winter at the thought of a new one. (Rogue One is my favorite of the recent films!)

tv.

I’m going to cheat and, instead of naming any specific shows, say that winter break is a terrific time to either catch up on the shows I didn’t have time for during the semester or start a new one. The hours you can do stuff outside are limited here anyway, since darkness falls at like 3:30 on the shortest day of the year, providing me with the perfect excuse to curl up under a blanket and watch something. On Christmas day last year, I binge-watched Carmilla season three.

music.

Apart from Christmas carols (of course) and various film scores* (which fit the quiet, slightly desolate mood so well), I adore Spotify’s Winter Classical playlist. I found it last year during a study break… it’s provided me with much inspiration + motivation to study and write and read!

*The Fantastic Beasts score just screams WINTRY to me. Not sure why. I’m just going with it.

food.

Comfort food tbh. We eat a lot of soups and stews in the winter! I especially enjoy broccoli cheese soup, vegetable soup, lentil stew, chili mac, and clam chowder.

Homemade bread, too.

Can’t forget Mardis Gras, either: I’ve lost count of the number of times someone asked if we were Catholic when I mention that my family celebrates this holiday. Nope, we just really love food. I would die for some jambalaya right about now.

clothes.

If it were up to me, I’d wear sweaters year-round. One of the many reasons I loved Ireland was that its cool climate allowed me to wear a sweater every day!

I’m also a huge fan of ridiculous fuzzy socks with cool patterns, making one of my favorite Harry Potter quotes the one where Dumbledore says he wishes he got thick socks for Christmas.

activities.

The hill at our house is quite modest, but at my grandma and grandpa’s place there is a massive one. Some years I’ve climbed to the top of it and marveled that I have the nerve to go down such a steep incline so many times! It’s totally worth all the snow we get inside our coat sleeves and up our pant legs.

I love to cut out paper snowflakes. Last year my roommate Bridget and I must have cut out two or three dozen to decorate our door and windows with. Some years, I’ve included a few with every holiday card I send to friends – another activity I enjoy, that – but I didn’t this year because I was busy and already late getting cards in the mail as it is.

memories.

Valentine’s Day was a big deal in elementary school: Everyone exchanged cards, usually the kinda tacky kind with Disney characters and shit, and we all overloaded on candy. (Why don’t we do this in college? Maybe I’ll organize a Valentine exchange on my dorm floor lmao.)

When I was about ten, my family took a weekend trip to Pokagan State Park in IN to go tobogganing. I’d love to go back… and hopefully I’ll enjoy it even more a second time, since I spent most of the time sick with a stomach virus!

A few years later, we went to an event at Indiana Dunes State Park (which isn’t that far from our house) where rangers provided everyone with cross-country skis for the afternoon. It was actually sort of difficult since much of the snow had begun to melt already, but that just meant we fell over a lot and had fun laughing at each other’s mishaps.

And I will never forget attending the Women’s March on Washington last January. So grateful I had the opportunity to go! So happy to have met so many women who wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

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What are your winter favorites? Be sure to tell me in the comments below OR write your very own post about your favorite winter-related things! I don’t mind at all if you steal this idea; in fact it would make me super happy.

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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1 Response to Winter Favorites

  1. Mom says:

    I love hearing about your memories. And, yes, I DID know that Snowy Day was the first color picture book to have an African-American protagonist. Read that bit of info in “Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult.”

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