As the weather starts to get colder and winter slowly settles, we are all bundling up and reminiscing back to the good old days when we wore our flip flops… a time that seems so far away now. Let’s be honest: the cold has many downsides. Instead of depressing ourselves, let’s take a different approach and look at all the positive sides of the winter that’s ahead. Yes, trust me, there are plenty!
#1: You get to bundle up in your warmest clothes
All hail the comfy Christmas sweaters, stylish hats, and fun scarves! With all the layers we have to wear, our wardrobe opens up a myriad of possibilities. You can dress how you want, without having to worry about having the perfect body (layers can do wonders). You can also have fun with your style by accessorizing with scarves, hats, gloves, cardigans, stockings…the list goes on! And finally: shoes! Your options are even greater than during the summer: from high-heeled booties to comfortable snow boots, you have a whole range of shoes to choose from.
#2: You have no guilt in eating that entire bowl of pasta!
The cold weather justifies all of your food choices, so you can feel guilt free about downing that huge bowl of pasta: you need to load up on carbs right?
Also, there are plenty of delicious winter recipes to try out: chili, mac n’ cheese, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin pie bread pudding are just a few ideas. In fact, since you’re more likely to be inside, you’ll have more time to test out the recipes (and consequently stay by the hot oven to warm yourself up).
#3: You understand the real meaning of hugs
It’s to keep you warm of course! There’s nothing better than hugging your friend or your loved one and taking advantage of all that extra body heat. It’s also a great excuse to stay close to people! Group hug anyone?
#4: Your creativity is stimulated
For those of us who don’t have the option to tan all year long by the beach, we have to get creative with how to spend our time. And winter offers all sorts of options, whether it’s outdoors (Snowball fights! Sledding! Salt water taffy!) or indoors (Reading by the fireplace! Having a cozy movie night! Or even Hosting a good old-fashioned dinner with friends!). Honestly, winter makes everything cozier and more intimate, and that is something we can all appreciate.
And finally #5: You truly know how to enjoy summer when it comes
Going through Montreal winter makes you that much more appreciative when summer comes around. After months of being bundled up, Montrealers know how to make the most of summer and they know the TRUE meaning of “It’s summertime!”
So don’t let yourself be depressed with the winter blues, instead focus on all the wonderful winter moments!
Written by: Marie Le Cannellier