Episode 49: Winter is Here, Calm and Cozy

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A cozy fire in the fireplace.

Thick, warm woolen socks.

The first time ice skating all year and the skates are tight on your feet and you weave between couples and little kids, the ice is cold and strong beneath you.

Making the perfect snowball, crunching the snow between your hands.

The warm glow of holiday lights all around town.

Drinking special winter beers and ciders.

Making homemade soup in the crockpot and enjoying the scent all day long.

The first driving tracks on a snowy street.

Wearing your warmest scarfs and thickest coats.

Snow days.

Getting stacks of cards and packages in the mail.

Skiing and sledding, the joy of being outdoors, the sharp cold air filling your lungs.

Cuddling with someone you love under a warm blanket.

Dogs of all sizes wearing funny little sweaters.

Hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream and marshmallows.

Solid, insulated winter boots.

Almost slipping on icy pavement but then catching yourself.

Rosy cheeks in cold winter air.

Setting your work auto-responder cause you’re finally going on vacation, skipping to somewhere a little bit warmer.

That it gets dark earlier now and the stars seem to shine brighter.

Warm pajamas under down-filled duvet covers.

Trees all over town covered in snow.

The radio playing nonstop holiday songs.

Layering all your favorite sweaters and long sleeve shirts.

Bonfires and the smell of smoke wafting from chimneys all season.

Hot toddies, Irish coffee, spiked apple cider and mulled wine.

All the best movies are released this time of year.

The smell of winter - ice cold air, something delicate like falling leaves, snow, pine trees, chimney smoke, all muddled together with a sharp, spicy scent.

Opening up a brand new calendar and writing in a new planner for next year.

Snuggly cats curled up right next to you all day.

It feels like the perfect season to say “I love you” to someone.

Using the cold as an excuse to cancel plans and stay inside instead.

Getting back into bed after a quick morning errand.

When someone else brings in more firewood so you don’t have to go out in the cold.

The glow of candles all around the room at night.

The thrill of days off and of days spent sleeping in.

Warming your hands on a mug of your favorite tea.

The feeling during this season that almost overwhelms you, the joy, warmth and appreciation and the anticipation that spring will come again.