Winter in Canada generally includes blistering cold days filled with an abundance of snow, fewer daylight hours and lots of warm layers. For me and for a few other Canadians who aren’t eager to endure the cold weather or engage in most winter sports, that means many days ‘hibernating’ lay ahead.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some aspects of winter that I love – big fluffy snowflakes, hot chocolate and apple cider, glistening ice-covered trees, the smell of fresh pine trees, beautifully detailed decorations, hearty home-cooking, etc. But there are many aspects of winter that I dread, especially the cold. Being someone who struggles with cold feet year-round and who sleeps under layers of blankets even in the heat of July, the concept of ‘I’m freezing’ during the winter months is an understatement. I am continuously looking for the best way to stay warm (including wearing my heated Milwaukee jacket everywhere possible). My favourite hobby in winter? Staying inside, in my pajamas, wrapped in a warm blanket while watching movies and munching on comfort food. That’s how I tolerate the cold.
I’m not sure if others struggle with this, but winter (or at least late fall once the days start becoming shorter) also seems to make me lazier. Because of the later sunrise and cold weather that I begrudgingly know I have to face, I find it hard to get motivated to get up. Some mornings, I struggle to emerge from my toasty multi-layered-blanket bed just to get dressed for work. Yet, bills need to be paid and food bought to keep our bellies happy, so onward we go! I just bundle up (seriously bundle up – no light jacket for me). And the bright side is that the heat will return in a few months (though some days, it seems winter will never end). However, I think I could get along just as well without the winter season living somewhere hotter.
What are your winter habits like? Do you embrace the cold or do you dread it?
I’m working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to explore beyond the border. Sharing my tips, trips, opinions and rants on life and travel in the meantime.