It’s mid November and it finally snowed. Our Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone and Halloween is just a distant sugar rush memory. People are slowly starting to put up Christmas decorations and the streets don’t look quite so dark and cold anymore after the sun’s gone down. Winter is well on it’s way, to many’s dismay, but I’m sure looking forward to it. Since, as a Canadian, I know that old Jack Frost is gonna be sticking around for quite a while, I thought I’d try to warm up your toes-es and your noses with my favourite parts of winter. Go make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, or go grab yourself one from the closest Timmies, and let’s try to make the best out of it.
Speaking of Tim Horton’s—white-hot chocolate. Order yourself a white hot chocolate and get them to put a chai tea bag in it too. Tastes like flippin’ Christmas in a mug! Trust me. I’m pretty sure Starbucks can do it too if you don’t have a Timmies, or prefer Starbucks, but I’m too cheap and unwilling to drive 25 minutes to go find out. Meh.
If you get snow where you live then you know there’s two kinds. Snowman snow, and the pretty fluffy powdery stuff. The other day we got the sticky snowman variety. Not really the best kind to run outside during work for impromptu snow angels in the parking lot because winter is exciting… next time though.
Mittens. The ones your granny knits with the cute little winter patterns on them. The kind she attached a string between so you wouldn’t lose them as a kid. You know the ones.
The best sound, next to falling snowflakes is when you’re walking in the snow after it’s been really cold and your boots make this squeaky-crunchy sound. *tingles*
When you stumble on that first radio station that’s playing Christmas songs and it kind of takes you off guard at first, but then it’s just great. Don’t you try to Grinch out on me and tell me it’s too early when I know you sing along to Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas in your car every time it comes on. Don’t be a hater.
Seeing Christmas trees in people’s windows!
The smell of idling cars when it’s cold out.
Coming in from outside and your cold hands and rosy cheeks turn into warm tingle-y ones.
This one is random, but the staticky sound your hair makes when you pull off your hat or scarf.
Cherry candy canes.
Driving around to see everyone’s Christmas lights.
Wintry candles. My personal favourite, I think it’s called Golden Pear. Fantastic.
I could go on for days, and I would, but I wanted to keep this post around 500 words and I’m almost there. If you really just can’t beat the cold, or you really just hate winter… or Christmas, I’m sorry, but there’s really just no avoiding it. Warm up a rice bag in the microwave (if you don’t have any, they’re pretty easy to make, I’m sure Google would love to help you out.) and cuddle up in a onesie and watch some TV or something. I’ll be enjoying myself and the happiness and joy the season seems to bring, but I’m sure I’ll be biting my tongue over the weather as soon as Christmas is over.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving, my lovely American friends. I’ll see you here next month with a post that’s hopefully a little more unique than my last two. Perhaps it’ll be a poem, or a short story, or a HOW-TO, or a DIY. Who know’s. I sure don’t!