Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
After Christmas and New Year's, the rest of the winter can get pretty dreary.
Do you agree?
In New England, we're liable to get freezing weather and snow into early April, so the winter following the holidays seems awfully long. We're too old to get "snow days"---even when the roads are too bad to drive to work, we have to work from home AND shovel the driveway. There are a couple good things about post-holiday winter:
1) Hot cocoa
2) Crocheting the top half of an afghan while keeping warm with the bottom half
Add your own thoughts about pleasant things that get you through the cold, gray days of February and March. If I think of more, I'll add to my personal list.
Right now our son is on a Polar Express kick so we are listening to soundtrack and/or watching the video EVERYDAY!!! Kind of helps to keep you in the Christmas Mood.
Post Christmas Sales: great for picking up gifts for next Christmas at great prices.
Stores are also marking down winter clothes to make room for the srping/summer stuff. Have been buying clothes for the kids for their b-days and for next christmas - hugh savings.
Have been thinking about ideas for next Christmas, looking up new recipes, thinking about different ways to decorate. I really like to use this to reflect on past Christmases. This helps me figure out what areas need improving like making meals ahead of time and freezing them to help avoid last minute take out. Also a good time to test new recipes for the following season especailly if it a hearty dish. Summer time is just to hot to be testing thos hearty dishes.
Tried crocheting but could not get the hang of it. I am better in the kitchen.
Hubby's b-day is in March so that helps a bit.
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I want to walk out the door and not have to look for a coat, boots, mitts, hat, scarf, heating pad and mug of hot chocolate just to keep warm!
I love the snow when it first starts. I love a good snow storm when I do not have to worry about taking kids home in it. I love to build a snow man, hear the crunch of the freezing snow when it is -19c or colder or watch big fluffly flakes wafting slowly down.
But by this time of the year, I am ready for spring!
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3) Also, when the clouds break, if you can catch a winter sunrise or sunset, there's nothing so vibrant as a winter sky newly born, or coming to an end.
Yes---things intrinsic to winter that help make winter more bearable, that's what I'm looking for! I'm looking forward to various things, but in a week like this one---where they're calling for rain and snow every day---I need some immediate small blessings to grab onto! Sort of the hot-soup-and-warm-fuzzy-socks department.
I agree that once christmas is over I am ready for the snow to end. The cooler temps don't bother me. The thing that gets me through winter is baking. I love to bake but don't do it alot in the summer becasue it heats up the apartment to much. So I bake as much as I can all winter long.
Watching a Christmas movie or listening to Christmas music. We've had quite a bit of snow for NC this year, so have enjoyed those activities. Planning for next Christmas. Planning new ways of decorating for Christmas next year. Today I watched "A Christmas Story" while it was a cold, foggy, rainy day today. The other day I ordered some Christmas cds. Beyond the Star by Michael Londra, Alabama's two Christmas cds and played them while doing chores. Seems to help keep the winter blues away. We had a sneak peek of spring on Sunday but now all we're getting is a cold and wet mess all this week .
Also planning and decorating for Valentine's Day as well as St.Patrick's Day helps a whole lot too!
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