Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Getting into the Winter Spirit



Yesterday I went skiing for the first time in probably 2 years. The hassle of getting clothes and equipment together and my distaste for the cold made me think that I was just not made to ski. However, after the first few runs, I found myself enjoying gliding down the mountain. After skiing, I had a nice hot cup of hot cocoa. I remember when I was little my mom would make hot cocoa with mini marshmallows for me and my siblings after we came in from playing in snow forts, making snowmen, and going sledding. Hot cocoa is the perfect thing for warming you up. This got me thinking about the other things that I love about winter.  I decided to make a list:

  1. Snuggling with a good book under a blanket, while the snow falls gently outside - Snow has a way of making everything seem more at peace. This creates the perfect ambience for reading books. 
  2. Baking warm chocolate chip cookies - For some reason they always seem to taste better in the winter.
  3. Playing with my dog in the snow - She loves sticking her nose in it, rolling around in it, etc... She especially loves trying to catch snowballs in her mouth. 
  4. Sitting by the fireplace - This always feels so nice and calming. Add roasting chestnuts on an open fire and you've got the perfect afternoon. 
  5. Ice skating - My family went ice skating on our pond again this year. There is something very charming about skating in the outdoors. 
  6. Catching snowflakes - I love catching snowflakes on my mittens and looking at the intricate design of each one. The saying really is true ... no two snowflakes are alike. 
  7. The Classic Snowball Fight - everyone in my dorm began an impromptu one during the last weekend of school. It was really fun to have everyone play in the snow together before going home for the break. 
What are your favorite things about the winter? Do you live somewhere where it doesn't snow? Do you think the charms of winter outweigh the negative aspects (i.e. slippery roads,  frostbite, and long periods of nighttime?)

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7 comments:

Jen said...

such a lovely post! i haven't been skiing in forever.
and i do have to agree with you, warm chocolate chip cookies do seem to taste better in the winter! and there's nothing better than a good old fashioned snowball fight :)

daisychain said...

what a wonderful post <3

Jaeve + Things said...

such a good list! i wish for snow though. all this la sunshine is making me a little sick! lol change is good, and being able to wear layers and heavy coats = fun!

Erika said...

This is quite possibly the most amazing post I have read all week! I absolutely love everything about this list - it's fabulous! I only wish that more of these things were possible in Southern California - it's always hot here!! :)

Aury said...

No. 1 is sooo true!I love that feeling too!

Your doggie is too precious! Trying to catch snowballs :)

You know what, everything on this list just totally rocks! It definitely helps me appreciate winter more especially now that I'm missing the constantly sunny weather of my home country (I come from Africa).

Aury said...

No. 1 is sooo true!I love that feeling too!

Your doggie is too precious! Trying to catch snowballs :)

You know what, everything on this list just totally rocks! It definitely helps me appreciate winter more especially now that I'm missing the constantly sunny weather of my home country (I come from Africa).

la petite fashionista said...

ah you're making me wish I lived somewhere it snowed! we have lots of bonfires & hot chocolate in FL to get us in a festive winter mood.