In Australia, winter has us Aussies chilled during the months of June, July and August. And I say ‘chilled’ instead of frozen as we don’t really experience the same degree of plummeting temperatures as those in the northern hemisphere. However, we do get our fair share of ice and snow and we have our ski fields and our thermal underwear. But by nature many Australians tend to love the summer months – it’s when we have Christmas and Australia Day, the Boxing Day Test Match and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It’s when we can spend days in nothing more than a singlet and denim cut-offs, drinking cold ones and laying on the beach. But for me, my heart yearns for the whimsical winter months. It is often underrated as a season by those who live ‘Down Under’, so if you’re one of them here are 22 things to consider loving about winter:
1 – The Fashion – You can wear as much black clothing as you want and no one will think anything of it. So pair your black jeans with your black sweater and your black scarf and your black boots and your black coat and top it off with a black beanie.
2 – The End of Financial Year Stock Take Sales – Need I say more?
3 – The Open Fireplaces – The time frame to enjoy an open fire in Australia is small. The small opportunity we have to sit by a nice roaring indoor fire and not curse the hell it came from is precious. If you don’t have one in your home, seek out a bar/café/B&B/friend’s house that does and enjoy the snap, crackle and pop of the orange flames.
4 – The Mulled Wine and Hot Drinks – Whether you’re at home or dining out, nothing makes you feel more smug (yes, smug) and cosy than being indoors sipping on a hot beverage knowing it’s frosty AF outside. If you haven’t made mulled wine before, try Jamie’s mulled wine recipe.
5 – The Faux Fur Throws and Chunky Knits – In the summer months you barely want to sleep beneath a thin cotton sheet, but come winter nothing is more enjoyable than throwing a nice faux fur throw on the bed or a chunky knit blanket. They look gorgeous and luxurious but are also super practical at keeping you warm.
6 – The Reduced Shaving and Tanning Needs – Hats off to the ladies who maintain smooth tanned legs throughout the winter months! But if you’re someone who plans her shaving and tanning needs based around when her legs will be seen by the general public, winter means you can almost go 3 months without bothering to do these two things.
7 – The Snow – Who doesn’t like snow?! It is magical and blankets the earth in a sparkling white carpet. You feel like you’re in a snow globe when you watch it fall and there’s always some enjoyment to be had with a snowball fight or building a snowman.
8 – The Hot Yoga Classes – There isn’t any other time in the year when you crave being in a hot room. Escape from the frost and thaw out in a warm or hot yoga class. Don’t let the cold winter months stop you from being physically active, limber up and get warm (hot) in a hot yoga class. If you want a first hand account of what ‘warm yoga’ is like, click here.
9 – The Soul Warming Soups – In winter there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm your hands and your belly. They’re so easy to make and can make so many different kinds and freeze them for lunches or when you are too cold to bother cooking anything from scratch. If you ever need any inspiration, head over to pinterest, there is a never ending supply of recipes to try.
10 – The Feeling of Christmas – Typically Christmas is portrayed with images of a beautiful winter wonderland but in reality, it’s usually hot and sweaty down under. So when it’s nice and cold and you’re sitting down with a glass of red and a hot dinner, you can’t help but feel a little festive. Heck, why not call it a day and just host ‘Christmas in July’?!
11 – The Baking – Baking in summer sucks for most of us. The kitchen gets hot, the flies think they’re invited to hang, and your attempts at channelling Martha Stewart are a little sweatier. There’s something special about baking in winter. The house smells delicious and the heat from the oven is a welcome addition.
12 – The Snuggling – You can happily snuggle for warmth with your partner, pets, teddies, pillows, friends…without feeling the urge to kick them off you.
13 – The Sunrises – So the days are shorter in Winter? Some would say this is a downside, but do you realise that this means that you are more likely to see the sun rise? Make yourself a hot cuppa and take a few minutes in the morning to watch the day break. It’s incredibly peaceful.
14 – The Guilt Reduced Anti-Socialising – Ever felt guilty because you’d rather stay in and watch Game of Thrones than go out and party? Winter weather causes people to hibernate indoors more which means you’re less likely to feel the pressure to go out and socialise. Just make sure you do interact with humans at some point, avoid over indulging in hermitville.
15 – The Sweat Reduction – Because our bodies aren’t hurrying to cool us down in winter we sweat less, which means your make up lasts longer, your clothes smell better and you don’t have to go as heavy on the deodorant. All good things!
16 – The Winter Sports – The only chance you get to ski, snow board, toboggan and ride snow mobiles is during the snowy winter months. So throw on your thermal underwear and get amongst it! And if that doesn’t get you going, watching people do these things is a great spectator sport!
17– The Cool Car – You can park your car all day in the sun and you won’t suffer third degree burns when you go to get into it.
18 – The Lawn Stops Growing – If you have a lawn, chances are you have to bust out the lawn mower every couple of weeks. But during the colder winter months the grass grows less, leaving you more time to do activities #2, #8, #11 & #12.
19 – The Guilt Free Sleep In – There is little that is more indulgent in winter than staying in bed a little longer because it’s so toasty and warm. A few extra Z’s on a Saturday morning feels more guilt free than in any other season. Feel even more guilt free by skipping over the option of a feather down quilt and pick up a cruelty-free one that will keep you just as warm and toasty. Head on over to Earth by Anna to learn more on cruelty free alternatives to down quilts and bedding.
20 – The Hot Showers and Baths – There’s nothing quite like the feeling of stepping into a hot shower or bath and melting away your ice queen chills.
21 – The Socially Accepted Wearing of Sweatpants – If you’re not leaving the house, or even if you are, there is a social acceptance that you can pretty much wear sweatpants and hoodies wherever you go. The only people who look silly in winter are the ones who look cold!
22 – The Beers Stay Cold – When your out to a barbeque or just kicking it on the couch watching the footy, if you’re drinking a beer or any other cold beverage, that bad boy is going to keep its cool. In fact, your more likely to put a stubby cooler on your drink NOT to keep it cool but to keep your hands warm.
So there you go, 22 reasons to consider loving winter a little bit more. You don’t have to like everything about it, heck even winter lovers hate the cold at times, but sometimes you have to look for the things that make the season special so you can make it through the other side…