It would seem that winter finally decided to grace us with her presence. It had been so warm for so long, I thought it was going to stay that way all season. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the warm to the cold, but there is something to be said for the cold weather and all of what it brings. It isn’t all bad and there are a lot of benefits to the outside being colder than you would like. I am not including snow or ice because there is just no excuse for either of those items to exist. There, I said it.
First, cold weather is a great excuse to stay inside the house and binge watch Netflix or catch up on everything on your DVR. Cozying up on the couch under a warm blanket is always a comforting feeling. When someone calls and wants to make plans, you can tell them it is just too cold outside and it would not be a lie. It is a far better excuse than saying you are sick or making something up that can cause suspicion amongst your peer group. I know it sounds all ominous, but how many times did you tell a little white lie to get out of something, but then forget the lie and get caught? Believe me, it happens more often than you would think.
Another great thing about cold weather outside is being able to build a fire inside. Now, only do this if you have a fireplace. I wouldn’t want to see anyone starting a bonfire in the middle of their living room because building a fire was suggested. A wood burning fireplace is a wonderful thing to have. The smell of a nice fire is something you can only experience during the winter. If you build a fire during the summer, you are either deranged or trying to sweat something out of your system. Either way, it is not something I recommend anyone do. Along with the fire, toasting marshmallows is always a possibility, if you feel so inclined. We spent so much time as children toasting marshmallows over a campfire, but you can do it inside as well. I know some of the mystique is lost when toasting marshmallows and watching one of the Real Housewives of Whatever City is Popular but the tastiness is still there. I don’t recommend setting them on fire this way, though.
Sweaters are one of my favorite things about cold weather. All summer, when sweating my ass off, all I can think about it being cold and wearing a sweater. A sweater doesn’t care if you are fat or skinny. They don’t care if you are muscular. All a sweater cares about is that you wear it and hopefully, remember to wear a shirt underneath it. The downside to a good wool sweater is the itch of no shirt buffer between wool and skin. Another bonus to the sweater is that we can get away with a somewhat ugly pattern knitted into them. Pixelated deer surrounded by metallic gold thread is not something that can easily be worn in any other garment and deemed nice or acceptable. Odd color combinations are the norm, as well. It’s not often that pink, lavender, and sea green can be intermingled like they have always been best friends. Mix that with navy blue, and you have a winning sweater color combination.
So as you can see, there are benefits to cold weather. The summer is not the time for sweaters and fires, so enjoy them while the season lasts. Once spring has sprung, these ideas will have to be packed away for another nine months until that inevitable chill in the air returns.