Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter is Coming

This weekend Toronto saw its first snow, although it didn't stick around.  Winter is on its way, our snow boots and jackets are out; our snow tires are on the cars; the ice scrapers are in the trunk.  Bring it on.   I used to really dislike winter but I've come to enjoy it over the past few years.  When you live in Canada, if you don't like winter, then you can be depressed for a good part of the year, not a good strategy.

Some things that have helped to make the winter an enjoyable experience for me, instead of the time of year to dread are:

Skiing.  We bought skis the first winter we moved here and then made sure we skied a couple of times a year.  This year we have signed E up for skiing lessons both at Centennial during the week, and also at Snow Valley on Saturday mornings.  The Saturday morning sessions are two hours, sans parents, so Dave and I will get to go skiing on our own once a week.  Find a winter sport you like and jump in!

Planning a weekend getaway (or two).  Last year we went to Lake Placid, the year before we went to Mont Tremblant to ski.  We have nothing planned yet but we will pick something after Christmas.

Enjoying your time at home.  Snuggle on the couch with a cozy blanket, watch movies when the wind is howling outside, make popcorn and hot chocolate, drink red wine, make hearty meals.

Making lots of playdates.  I love having families over in the wintertime for brunch or supper.  People are usually less busy in the winter than the summer so it is a good time to have people over.

We could sled in our backyard last year, so we invited some people to do that.

Wearing great outdoor wear.  I love my Ugg boots that I got last year, and my big North Face jacket.  I love sweaters and scarves, flannel shirts, toques and mittens.

Now when the Christmas season is over, I'll still have things to look forward to in the winter months.

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