It seems indeed Winter came to town! We didn't have a White Christmas (neither in Poland or Romania) even if the temperature was low and it was chilly. True, we had the cold wintery wind and the frost and the occasional bit of snow, but there was not much of the Wintery Fairyland I remember from my childhood... New Year came and then... Poof! After a few days Winter came in with full rights, temperature dropping under -10 degrees Celsius, wind howling and snow falling hard and covering everything. One day it was all muddy and grey and I was thinking of spring and then... in the blink of an eye, everything turned white and magical. Don't you love the first heavy snow that covers everything up and makes you wanna go outside and play? Make angels in the snow, build a snowman or just go sleigh riding! I dunno about you, but when I think of Winter there are a few things that pop into my mind as "common sense", something that I try to do every year.
Here is my list:
|The National Theater in Iasi, under snow :)|
- Ain't no Christmas unless you carol! Caroling has been a family tradition ever since I was a wee lass. Even if I am far away from home I always call my mum, sister and granny and sing carols to them. It might be an indication of Winter approaching when after Halloween I start listening to carols... you know what's coming ;)
- Christmas celebration - festive dinners, Christmas tree decorating, visiting the Christmas Markets around the place you live, going to church and listening to the carols that celebrate Jesus's birth... all are things that I have done since I was small. Somehow it's also celebrating childhood :)
- Making snow angels in the fresh snow - there is no greater fun than waking up one morning seeing fields of white, rushing outside all dressed up and jumping in the fresh snow - flapping your arms and legs and laughing while doing snow angels...
- Do you wanna build a snowman? All you need is love and snow :) materials you can find outside... a branch for the hands, some rocks for the eyes and mouth... roll up the snow until you get frostbite and make your own Frosty the Snowman :) or an entire family of them!
Let it snow, let it snow... - Palas Mall, Iasi, Romania
- Invest in winter gear - it's either layering up like an onion vs. buying some hard-core insulated clothes. I prefer the second option ;) a good coat gets you the option of wearing even just a t-shirt underneath. Yep, been there, done that! Feels awesome ;)
- Get away from the city and head for the mountains - my favourite time of year to get to the mountains is winter and autumn season. Autumn's changing color of the leafs is magical and only fresh snow in wintertime can top that out. The evergreen under snow makes me think that the world can be pure again...
- Sleigh riding - another childhood memory :) you don't need much to have fun... I've seen people using toilet seats in order to slide on the snow, so a sleigh is not absolutely necessary ;) the best ride I had was on a huge banner (the advertising one...) where we did a small "train" of people... it was fun!
- Start thinking ahead for the new year - it's a perfect time now to start thinking and planning your next year, your next holidays. You may even buy the plane tickets - they will be way cheaper now! and they might make a great Christmas gift for your other half ;)
Palace of Culture, Iasi, Romania
- Enjoy as much time you can with the family - Usually Winter is connected to Christmas and staying home with the ones you love. It means that at least for a short period of time you should try to "shut down" social activities and focus on the ones you love. I say we should do this every day of the year but we are all busy bees, are we not?! Or at least we give the appearance to be as such. We don't think that maybe the next moment the ones you love might not be here... take a moment and close your eyes and think about it. Now whom would you want to have next to you? Whom do you miss? Enjoy the holidays, this wonderful celebration with the ones who truly care!
- Celebrate the birth of our Saviour - Catholic Church, Orthodox Church and Protestants alike celebrate in December the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Even though I am not sure if Jesus was actually born on the 25th of December... maybe he was born on a different day and the people just matched it with the pagan holiday of Julletide! Either way it is good to have a day to celebrate his birth, even though he deserves more!
Yours very much sincerly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves To Point Out Obvious Things To People Who Don't Understand Normality