It’s happening. I’ve been trying to remain in denial for some time now… but I’m having to write this in my onesie which means only one thing… WINTER IS UPON US! For some this calls for cheers of jubilation! For others (myself included) it induces shivers of dread/lack of central heating. In my desperation, I have decided it would be fit for me to try and see the positives in winter this year: WHAT IF THIS YEAR ROUND I ACTUALLY ENJOYED BEING COLD/ILL/CONSTANTLY FROSTY? So get your hot chocolate ready and your slippers on, because I have come up with a guide for all those winter Scrooges out there to find some of the positives in the negative temperatures about to ensue….
1) Better Beverages
Summer bunnies, I know what you are thinking. “Nothing beats that feeling of lying on a beach, with an ice-cold beverage named after a chapter from the Karma Sutra… NOTHING!”… But.. Despite my own love of the summer cocktail, there is one alcoholic seasonal beverage that trumps all. And it’s name is … Mulled Wine. I know this is a relatively controversial start to this list as many people have never tried it or believe it’s completely gross because WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND DRINKS ALCOHOL WARM? but even I can appreciate that the wine gods of the mulled variety did GOOD when they came up with this gem. It’s Christmas in a cup. Not even Hot Chocolate can outdo its majestic, burgundy yumminess. Although, another plus for this time of year is the lack of guilt when drinking Hot Chocolate. No, I shall not have a green tea.. It’s cold and no one shall see me in a bikini for several months, so yes… HOT CHOCOLATE PLEASE WITH LASHINGS OF WHIPPED CREAM, YOU CHEEKY STARBUCKS BARISTA WITH YOUR CHEEKY STARBUCKS CUPS. (Who doesn’t love the christmas cups?) So yeah… Beverages in winter kick ass. Case closed.
2) Wearable Winter!
Yes. I know. Winter does indeed = Soggy Shoes, Wet bottoms of jeans, and a sweat fest when you accidentally wear too many layers. BUT. Who doesn’t love the fact that you can just snuggle into the biggest jumper known to man and not feel bad about it? EVEN UGGS ARE PASSABLE (although not the primark kind. Primark is a NO in winter.) We’ve spent the last three months obsessing about our bodies so we look hot in the smallest amount of clothing possible, but as soon as winter arrives you are totally allowed to slob out in a pair of baggy jeans, heavy boots and a jumper with cats on it. Whats not to love?
3) Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it.. NO!
I know I am not in the minority when I say that I am a person who HATES SNOW WITH A PASSION. Nothing infuriates me more than when our wonderful transport system internally combusts because of this white fluffy stuff. Not only that, but it causes wet clothes (as previously mentioned), icy roads (cue cars rolling down the hill) and that constant fear that at any moment you can fall flat on your arse. BUT DESPITE THIS COLD WET SLUDGY CLOUD, THERE IS A SILVER FLUFFY LINING. Snow is the number one signal that winter has arrived and the festive season has begun. It means we can throw balls of ice water at strangers and get away with it because HEY IT’S SNOWING! Plus building a snowman is still fun, even if you’re 23 years old. It’s something that still evokes that childlike excitement amongst all of us because quite frankly who can explain something that beautiful just appearing out of no where? Anyway.. mushiness over.. NUMERO FOUR.
4) It’s Time… To Face… The TV?
Now I am not one to advocate spending all day in front of the television, but when the TV is THIS GOOD then it’s hard not to tune in. None of us are proud to admit it, but I am a secret X Factor fiend and always love that build up to the Christmas Number one, even if it always is the X Factor Winner singing a cheesy song about stars and love and fate and all that. It’s trash, but I love it. But it’s not just reality tv that reaches it’s peaks, its the MOVIES. Christmas movies are the ultimate in feel-good films. What film genre can encompass so many varying films that provide SO MUCH JOY TO SO MANY PEOPLE? I shall name but a few to prove my point:
- The Grinch
- The Holiday
- Miracle on 34th Street
- The Santa Clause
- Home Alone
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- Love Actually
I mean I could go on with this list. But I feel this is a good starting point for you all. Feeling down? Need picking up? Just choose one, only one, and let the happiness begin!
5) Dive under the Duvet
This previous point leads nicely onto the Olympic sport of Winter, Duvet-Diving. This winter sport is prolific during the colder months, when the fear of the frost outsides drives it’s participants to dive head first under their duvet, never to re-emerge unless for Tea, Mulled Wine, Toilet Breaks, and to fetch a Christmas film to watch. And I AM NOT JUDGING YOU FOR IT. There is nothing nicer on those cold, frosty sundays than snuggling into your onesie and slippers, cup of tea/mulled wine in hand and just enjoying a day of pure laziness. When the sun is outside, you can feel it’s rays beckoning you to guiltily get out of bed and “make the most of the sunshine”. The sun is gone, the snow is outside. GET BACK INTO BED!!
6) Saving the best for last…
Those who know me know my favourite thing of all time is FOOD. Food. Food + Christmas. Food + Christmas + Not having to wear a bikini in public = Perfection. My favourite memories of this time of year always centre around the scents and tastes of the festive season. I’m not just talking about the obvious Christmas dinner (whose brilliance needs no mention) but I’m talking about chocolate advent calendars, steak pies on New Years Day (Family tradition in my house.. so so good!), Scrambled egg and salmon on toast with bucks fizz at 9am on Christmas Day. FOOD IS SO BRILLIANT AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. It’s not even the celebratory meals that make it so special though. It’s the slow-cooked casseroles, baked fruit pies, and bubbling soups that just make me feel so at home in this season. So if you wonder where I am this winter, check in the kitchen (Recipes to be uploaded thick and fast I assure you!)
So there it is, my little list of why Winter is great. I am a summer bunny but there are some parts of winter you cant help but love. There is, however, one thing that Winter will never win at.
THE BED TO SHOWER DASH. Sorry Winter. But No.
Hope you’ve all enjoyed! Keep warm, fill your bellies and for gods sake STOCK UP ON MULLED WINE NOW.
– Koko x