Winter is coming! Well, I guess it’s here now, actually.
It may have felt like Winter for some of you who live farther north than myself, but for those of us who don’t get any seasonal changes (I live in Florida, where the seasons are Spring, Hell, Hurricanes and Rain) it can be difficult to tell when it’s actually Winter (and not just a random day with a 30 degree temperature drop that will be back to 90 by noon). Luckily thanks to some smart-aleck memes that sarcastically tell us the difference between what feels like winter and the actual first day of winter, we’ve learned that it starts on the longest night of the year — the Winter Solstice on December 21.
But winter — for most people who don’t spend the majority of their time laying on the beach — is a really big deal, filled with snow, ice, shovels, layers of clothes, heaters, glass scrapers and fireplaces. So it’s understandable why the coldest season of the year doesn’t seem to get as much praise as its warmer counterparts.
With the exception of everyone feeling gitty with cheer during the holidays and singing songs like “Let It Snow” and “White Christmas”, Winter actually looks pretty miserable.
I mean, have you seen all those people shivering on the TV as they line up in the middle of New York City to watch the ball drop on New Years Eve? That can’t be fun. Even the performers can’t keep a tune as they hold their mic, which probably feels like an ice cube. No thanks.
1. One of the (very few) benefits of the bitter cold Winter.
“On a positive note, I haven’t seen any mosquitos in weeks.”
2. It’s a love/hate relationship.
“Today, celebrate Solstice. Tomorrow, a few more minutes of sun…”
3. If you’re not a night owl like me.
“Happy Solstice! It’s the longest night of the year, but aren’t they all?”
4. We really, really miss the sun.
“Winter Solstice is my favorite Pagan holiday co-opted by Christians.”
5. But I’ll resent you in the Summer when I have to work off all that laziness.
“Welcome, Winter. Your late downs and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.” — Terri Guillemets
6. If almost means six months from now, then yes.
“OMG The Winter Solstice. It’s almost Summer.”
7. It’s there… and then it’s gone.
“Winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. The days are getting longer again.”
8. Actually no, it couldn’t.
“Could the sun’s celestial meridian be any lower?”
9. I’d like to see how this pans out IRL.
“Winter coat? You mean chest hairs.”
10. Wait… I’m confused.
“Thanks for making the longest day of the year longer by explaining why it’s the longest day of the year.”
11. Especially the night of the Winter Solstice. That’s even LONGER.
“Every night without you is the longest night!”
12. Literally nobody.
“Defrosting. Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
13. So technically, this meme is inaccurate as of today. Just sayin’.
“OMG Winter is already here. FALSE. The Winter Solstice is on December 21 or 22 of each year.”
14. One of the major perks of Winter.
“I love Winter fashion. Am I wearing what I slept in underneath? Maybe, but who knows?”
15. Alaskans be like…
“Going to school in the morning. Going home after school. I hate Winter.”
16. I always wondered how things street lines worked up north during the winter.
“Welcome to Winter: where parking spots are made up and the lines don’t matter.”
17. Admit it: snow may be pretty… pretty miserable.
“My favorite Winter activity is going back inside.”
18. Getting ready for the onslaught of Winter memes.
“Oh you like Winter? Please, tell us again, how much you aren’t ready for Spring.”
19. Lots and LOTS of recovery.
“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.” — Paul Theroux
20. When you can’t wait until the sun comes out again.
“What’s your favorite time of winter? When it’s over.”
21. I’m the latter.
“Two types of people in the winter: ‘Winter wonderland’ vs ‘The f— is this’.”
22. Way to make it fun!
“Every day I’m shovelin.”
23. How they pass the time in Alaska this time of year.
“Don’t tell us how much snow fell. We have our own snow gauge.”
24. Technically, it all gets better from here.
“Happy Winter Solstice! From today on the days get lighter and lighter!”
25. You’re out of luck. We’re already in the thick of it.
“Brace yourself. Winter is coming… today actually.”