Wednesday, January 21, 2015

10 Great Things About Winter


1. Christmas Markets

One of my favorite things about being in Europe in the winter time is seeing all of the Christmas Markets. This year I visited several markets - some local, some in London, and one in Finland. I just love the little log cabin huts, the lights, the trinkets, and the candy and mulled wine!

2. The Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I love binge watching holiday films, having an excuse to Skype with family and friends, picking out and opening presents, and all of the other things mentioned here.

3. Winter Break

I realize that not everyone gets a Winter Break from their day job, but those of us that do (teachers and students) really appreciate that much needed R&R.

4. Warm Beverages 

Coffee, lattes. tea, hot cocoa, mulled wine, glogg...I love holding onto and sipping warm beverages to keep warm.

5. Christmas Specials on TV

The English know how to do Christmas Specials right! This year I got to watch Christmas Specials of Dr. Who, Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey, the finales of Miranda and Derek, and the made for TV movie, Esio Troi, with Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench. 

6. Oscar Contender Movies

Not only is it award season, but this is also the time of year when all of the good movies come out. I've been lucky enough to have seen several Oscar contenders already (The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and it's the perfect time of year to cuddle up and binge watch all of the films I haven't seen.

7. Sweater Weather

Finally my cute sweaters get to see the light of day!

8. Winter Sales

It's the perfect time of year to take advantage of Christmas sales and post-holiday clear-out sales. I always hit up the bookstores after New Years and pick up my annual calender for half-price.

9. Snow

I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I like to look at snow, but I'm not a fan of the cold or driving on it. However, if my area happens to get enough snow to cancel work, I absolutely love it!

10. Snuggling

Snuggling is the best!

This post was inspired by Mathilde Heart Manech's blog post 5 Positive Things To Do this Week #116.

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