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.
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