Although many of us shudder with mental pictures of darkened days and blustery blizzards, December’s arrival of winter promises to usher in a host of enjoyable things to cherish. It commences with a couple of celebratory holidays, then extends into three months of winter revelry.
First, we must pause to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of a world blanketed in snow. When icicles sparkle, ice-coated tree branches shine and snowy drifts glitter, the scene is wondrous. Photographers and poets alike celebrate winter wonderland vistas.
In all likelihood, taking an aquatic plunge is not on your to-do list this winter. However, the temperature plunge gives rise to other outdoor activities including sledding, skiing down snowy hills and skating on frozen ponds.
Take breaks during those post-blizzard snow-shoveling workouts. These respites should be fun and engaging, so build a snowman or start a snowball fight with an unsuspecting bystander.
Plummeting temperatures and howling winds are conducive to relaxing indoor pastimes like playing old-fashioned board games, piecing together jigsaw puzzles or binge watching your favorite TV shows.
Simmering pots filled with soups, stews and chilies provide instant warmth from their aromas wafting throughout the home. Baking treats warms the kitchen and occupies an afternoon. Iced tea and lemonade give way to steaming mugs of tea and hot chocolate.
Winter menus showcase comfort foods, such as lasagna, hearty roasts or rich and creamy macaroni and cheese. Savor these edible desires, you can easily conceal the extra calories under bulky coats, jackets and sweaters.
You may occasionally have to embark on hefting shovels full of snow from your driveways and walkways, but it’s no worse than the weeding, lawn mowing and hedge trimming that accompany the joys of summer.
“Bring on the mother of all blizzards!” I say. Go ahead, throw another log in the fireplace and enjoy the view outside your window. If you’re lucky, a foot of snow will fall tonight, granting you another wonderful snow day tomorrow.