It has finally started getting cold in North Carolina, but like usual we didn’t get much of a fall. I am not a fan of that, because fall is one of my favorite times of the year. We usually just go straight from summer to winter.
There is a column on ESPN that I read about every week to get some fantasy football advice (read one of my previous blogs if you want to see how I feel about that) by Matthew Berry called Love/Hate. In the same fashion, here is my love/hate of winter.
Cooler weather – I am a sucker for zip up hoodies. I LOVE wearing them. I am also a fan of being able to walk outside and not instantly start sweating. My ideal day is when I can wear shorts and a t-shirt during the day, but then at night it cools off and you can wear jeans and a light jacket. I also recently got a few argyle sweaters that I enjoy wearing.
Hot Chocolate/Apple Cider/Egg Nog – the winter brings back a variety of fantastic beverages. Some people may be thinking (except for egg nog), I drink those all year, why don’t you. As I previously mentioned, I get hot and start to sweat very easily. Hot weather + hot drink = miserable Nick. But cold weather + warm drink = perfect combo. And egg nog is just delicious, I wish that was available all year.
Christmas music – There are some awesome worshipful Christmas songs out there. My favorite is O Holy Night. The chorus where it goes “Fall on your knees” gets me every time. There is something really powerful about singing a bunch of songs about the coming of Jesus our savior. There are also lots of people releasing Christmas CDs this year (David Crowder* Band, TobyMac, Hawk Nelson).
Food – I’d be lying if I didn’t include this on my love list. There is so much good food with Thanksgiving and Christmas. At work there are always some kind of homemade treats. There are foods my family makes only at Christmas time that are some of my all time favorites. On Christmas Eve my family always fights over my grandma’s fried shrimp!
Christmas Parties – There are always lots of fun parties around Christmas. The tacky Christmas sweater parties are my favorite. Although I think I may have slightly offended my mom last year when I asked to borrow some of her sweaters. But my outfit was pretty legit!! I will also add into this section hanging out with family. Some of my favorite Christmas memories are from spending time with my family.
Cold Weather – I love cooler weather, but am not a fan of cold weather. I am not a fan of having to wear tons of layers, or always wear a hat or gloves when I go outside. While I do love sleeping snuggled up under a bunch of blankets, that is about the only time I enjoy cold weather. My hands also get really dried out and crack. It’s no fun.
Christmas music – Wait, I thought this was in the love section??? Oh, it was… now I’m confused. I also hate Christmas music. I hate that every year people and places start playing it earlier and earlier (some radio stations around here start the day after Halloween). Like I said earlier, I love the worshipful Christmas songs, but I hate all the cheesy childish ones (“I saw mommy kissing Santa” for example). I also can’t stand how you will hear the same 5 songs on the radio just 20 different people singing them. I have the select few Christmas CDs I own and enjoy, and that’s about all I will listen to.
Food – Ok, Nick what are you doing here?? This is the second one that made both the lists. Yes, I love eating the food because it is delicious. I do not like the struggle to not gain weight during the winter. All the food and all the goodies are very tempting and hard to stay away from and my self control isn’t always at the top of it’s game.
People Christmas shopping – Giving presents is supposed to be such a selfless humble act to show you care about someone. But people get crazy trying to get those presents. It’s like you need to put on full football padding if you are going out the morning after Thanksgiving. People can be so pushy, demanding, and mean trying to get items at a store. This is why I prefer to try to do as much shopping as I can online and avoid the crazy people.
So that is my list in a nutshell. What are some of the things you love/hate about winter?