We made it! Winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Things (well, daylight) can only go up from here.
Yet the winter days ahead will surely include bitter cold and weary drudging, perhaps some pining for the tropics. That said, this season I want to make more of an effort to enjoy the unique opportunities presented by a New Brunswick winter. I recently read an article about how Norwegians relish winter as “something to be enjoyed, not… endured.”
Norwegians celebrate the things one can only do in winter… Getting outside is a known mood booster, and so Norwegians keep going outside, whatever is happening out there. Notes Leibowitz: “There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
Norwegians also have a word, koselig, that means a sense of coziness. It’s like the best parts of Christmas, without all the stress. People light candles, light fires, drink warm beverages, and sit under fuzzy blankets. There’s a community aspect to it too; it’s not just an excuse to sit on the couch watching Netflix.
…”One of the things we do a lot of in the States is we bond by complaining about the winter,” says Leibowitz. “It’s hard to have a positive wintertime mindset when we make small talk by being negative about the winter.” This is easy enough to change; simply refuse to participate in the Misery Olympics.
Well. Why didn’t I ever think of that? AG & I have been totally devoted to making a summer to-do list for the past three years, but perhaps a winter fun list is even more necessary! Here are some of the things we came up with; activities big and small to stop the whining and embrace the #snuglife.
drink egg nog (with Kahlua obviously)
- take a drive to admire the Christmas lights
complete the Globe & Mail’s Holiday crossword (a tradition… at least in the attempt) go snowshoeing
- board game night(s)
hot chocolate with tons of marshmallows
- make bird seed ornaments
- do Friday afternoon knitting at the library
- build a snow fire pit and have an icy fire (if the snowfall permits!)
- go ice skating
- build a snowman
- play Wii (seriously haven’t touched the Wii in over a year)
- go to Quebec City during Carnaval?
drink hot cider
- do TakeoutThursday at Corked Wine Bar
- make an epic breakfast
- curl up with a blanket and a cat and read a whole book in one go
marathon a show(Outlander!)
- Ridgeback Lodge for the hot tub! (Maybe not this season, but someday)
- take on a new adventure during Frostival
do something home improvement-y (paint a room?)(painted a room)
- make an Ethiopian feast
- warm up with hot yoga
- take a new class or workshop?
explore the Midland ice caves(Feb 28)
- do a puzzle
catch some tunes at Shivering Songs! ICELAND!
As always, I’m open to write-in votes, so if you have more ideas please let me know! Let’s fill up the darkness with fun.