top ten tuesday: favorite things about winter

TTTHello lovely bookish people! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly meme hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie week, so we get to create our own themes. I’ve decided to go with a topic that’s sort of random: Top Ten Favorite Things About Winter. 

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I live in New England in the USA, and boy is it cold outside! Days are short and cold, nights are long and even colder, and sometimes it feels like I’ll never feel the warmth of the sun ever again. But I’m trying to be more positive in 2015, so here are ten good things about winter to cheer us all up (in no particular order):

1. Wearing fun hats.

I’m a huge fan of winter hats- the bigger, the better! I especially like the ones with the tassels. And let’s not forget the awesome pom-pom on the top!

2. TEA (and lots of it).

I drink hot tea all year round, but my tea consumption practically doubles in the winter months. Most of the time it’s because I’m sick and the hot tea makes my throat less sore, but sometimes I just need that extra bit of warmth to make it through those freezing days.

3. Sweaters, flannel, scarves, slippers, fuzzy socks… all the winter clothing!

Winter clothing is the best. It’s so warm and soft and you never want to put on anything else ever again. Pro tip: you know that a sweater is good when wearing it feels like you’re being constantly hugged. You’re welcome.

IMG_06764. Bring on the comfort food!

I’m going to be honest with you all: the healthy diet I maintain in the summer is significantly better than the one I have in the winter. I mean, how am I supposed to eat vegetables with all those Christmas goodies staring at me, pleading with me to eat them? And then there’s all that other stuff: homemade macaroni and cheese, pancakes for days, lovely lasagna and pizza galore. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

5. The possibility of snow days.

From October to around March, there is always the possibility of snow days or two hour delays. Two hour delays are my favorite- we don’t have to make them up at the end of the year like we do with snow days, but classes are only about half their normal length. It’s just enough of a difference to drive the teachers crazy and postpone all of their class plans, so we don’t really end up doing much of anything. I don’t mind snow days, either, because I’d honestly rather have a day off here and have to make it up than have no random days off at all.

6. Bonding over the frigid misery that is the New England winter.

There’s always something to talk about in the wintertime- the weather! People are always complaining about how cold it is, talking about predicted snowfall counts for the next few days, or even mourning the loss of the sun. They might not be the most cheerful conversations, but nothing brings people together like cold weather!

IMG_06307. Snow.

One of my favorite things in the world is waking up in the morning and looking at fresh snowfall outside my bedroom window. I love when it hasn’t been disturbed and everything is coated in a lovely white layer. It’s so pretty!

The picture to the right was taken this Thanksgiving- it’s the most snow we’ve gotten so far this winter, and it looked so cool!

8. Being cozy.

Whether it’s in a comfy armchair, by the fire, or sitting up in bed at night, being cozy is just such a wonderful feeling! It also makes reading, knitting, crocheting, writing, or anything else so much more enjoyable.

IMG_06709. Decorating!

I absolutely love decorating for any and all occasions, so decorating for the wintertime is right up my alley! Every year I hang around a hundred paper snowflakes from my bedroom ceiling, and this year I even decorated my locker at school. It makes it feel so much more festive, even though it’s past the holiday season.

The picture to the left is my locker at school. I love the lights so much! I don’t think I’ll ever take them down. 🙂

10. Time to relax.

I find that at least for me, I’m way more busy during the summertime than I am in the winter. There are fewer events going on, and I have quite a bit more time to relax and do things I enjoy doing for pleasure- reading, writing, blogging, etc.

What are your favorite things about winter? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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23 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: favorite things about winter

  1. Yes to all of this (minus snow days – Colorado doesn’t believe in those). This is such a fun list, and such a fun prompt! I live in Denver, and I’ve never been a huge fan of snow, but it is nice to curl up with some tea and a book.

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    1. No snow days? That’s terrible! We usually have around three snow days or more a winter, and it’s great (except for making up the days at the end of the year, but whatever! ). Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  2. Definitely time to relax and snow. But comfort food? Although Winter is packed with it I can’t say I agree – I probably eat more in winter than I do the rest of the year! It’s shocking. But snow? Gosh, snow ball fights are the ONE way to relax – and it’s so fun making a snowman with the family.
    It’s been more than a little frosty in London, but still no signs of snow here. Which is sad because other parts of England has been snowing like it’s the freakin’ North Pole!

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    1. We just started getting snow a few weeks ago, but I was really sad in December because we didn’t get any snow for Christmas! I’ve always wanted to make a snow Tardis or Dalek, but we haven’t had enough snow yet this year to make one. Hopefully in the next month or so! 🙂

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  3. I’m so jealous. I know it must be freezing, but I would love to get snow every year and build a snowman and snow angels and have snow ball fights. I love winter clothes too: scarves, coats, mittens. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I was built for cold weather, being California-bred, but oh do I long for it!

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    1. I definitely could not live anywhere warm that didn’t have winter- I like it way too much to give it up completely! It does have many down sides, but once you get past those it’s really great. But trust me- we’re also jealous of your beautiful weather haha! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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    1. I’m the same way, I don’t like instant/iced tea either! Well, I sort of like iced tea, but it has to be from a Dunkin Donuts or something because I just can’t seem to make it the right way when I try to do it myself. Maybe this summer I’ll finally try to master it, haha. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  4. I’m definitely a Tea girl as well! It’s like my patrol. I need to have it twice a day, especially in the mornings because I do not function well without it. I only got a snowday in my life after I went to University lol. My High School never closed during bad Snow days despite our school buses being cancelled. But my parents were always like ‘you’re staying at home’ when the bus got cancelled :). Snow is really beautiful, but I’m not a fan when all the ice appears, especially Black ice. Great list :).

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    1. haha I’m the same way! I drink it in the morning and then again either after school or while I’m at work in a to-go mug. Black ice is the absolute worst!! I hate when I have to drive to school and the roads are all slippery and it’s dark out and I have no idea if there’s ice or not. That’s one downside to winter… but I guess it can’t be helped! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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    1. I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, but I usually go sledding or something in the snow and I haven’t done anything like that this winter either 😦 But don’t despair! There’s still time left, haha! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  5. I LOVE your choice for freebie week! We all spend so much time complaining when it gets cold but I forgot all the awesome stuff too. I live in England, UK and it is FREEZING here at the moment which means lots and lots of tea (and a few hot chocolates too!) I also spend much of the winter cosying up in front of the fire either reading or doing something crafty, like knitting (I’m such a nerd!)
    P.S. I love the theme for your blog, made me chuckle. I’m diabetic so I should have totally named mine the Sugar Free Nerd! Hahaha 🙂

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    1. Yeah, people with food problems! Unite! haha 🙂
      Oh my goodness I’m the same way, I love to knit and crochet and all that stuff in this certain armchair in my living room and it’s absolutely wonderful. Lately I’ve been listening to audio books while I knit and crochet, so it’s even better.
      Thanks so much, and thanks for commenting! 🙂

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