Being Grateful for Winter. A Little. OK, Just Barely.

And one of the 8002 blizzards of 2013 begins.
I am not a winter person. While everyone on Facebook has been proudly proclaiming their refusal to turn on the heat yet, I’ve been sitting on my couch muttering, “Forget that crazy business. I’ve had mine going since September. Plus two fleece blankets.” 

OK, part of it is being sick for several months, but I am freezing this year. And I have no pride anymore when it comes to seeing how long I can refrain from cranking the thermostat. Comfort trumps bragging rights.

I don’t like cold. I don’t like to drive in snow. I hate early dark. I detest cold slush in my shoes. Polar vortexes are not my friends. And no, I do not especially want to build a snowman. Though monkshood and roses still bloom outside, I know the truth. It’s stinking cold out there, and I know what comes next.

But November is the month for gratitude, so kvetching about winter is not something I’m going to do. Much. Instead, I’ve decided to find the good things in winter. So here is my list. What is there to be thankful for between November and March? (Realizing that in Chicago, we could easily add a month on either end of that.) Here you go.

  • CHRISTMAS!


  • Men have No Shave November. No shave November? No shave next five months, ladies! This may be better than Christmas.


  • Cute boots and leggings.


  • Christmas lights. Did I say Christmas?


  • The first hot drink at the Starbucks drive through.


  • Lord of the Rings marathon on New Year’s Eve. Bring it on!


  • Ice covered tree branches. It’s God’s form of twinkling lights. Except better.


  • Christmas cookies. Oh, and Christmas.


  • Homemade hot chocolate. Real hot chocolate, as in whipped from cocoa and sugar and milk. And maybe hazelnut syrup. If you really have good taste.

It’s snowing. It’s snowing and she’s
thrilled. What kind of weirdo does this?
Oh wait–one with my genetic code.

  • Making soup. I am not a fan of eating it. And I am not a fan of cooking. But there is something about making soup that I love. Explanation? I have none. I need none.


  • Leftover turkey. I like it. Get over it.


  • Christmas songs. Unless they are insipid and annoying. Or Santa Baby, which is in a class by itself for stupid. But otherwise—cue the music. CHRISTMAS.


  • Seed catalogs that come in the mail. I’m dreaming of an early . . . spriiiing. Just like the ones I’ve never knoooown . . .


  • Quiet evenings when no one in their right mind goes out that are perfect for reading books and planning vacations. To places that are warm.


  • Chocolate marzipan in my Christmas stocking. The kind that comes only from Cost Plus World Market, not the sad little excuse for it called Ritter Sport Walgreens stuff. Just a hint, in case anyone’s listening. (Gluten free.)


  • Creating an epic gingerbread masterpiece. What would you suggest we try this year? I don’t think it’s possible to top last year. But we are open to suggestions.

What do you find to be grateful for in winter? Yes, I know, some of you may be those weird people who actually like the whole season. I live with some of you. I can’t help you. I’m ready for spring. 


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