Hello 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!