“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
– Anne Bradstreet
It’s winter here in the U.S and yes, Southern California does have a winter season. While it may not reach below zero temperatures where I live, it does get cold and it does get dark early. So I like finding things that make winter yummy and lovable.
I have a winter joy list, the things that help me embrace winter and celebrate it with joy. I share my secrets, so they may give you more ways to embrace the cold and have fun in the process.
In the spirit of personal kaizen, here are 10 small things to make winter wonderful.
1. Fleece Sheets– I’m surprised how many people don’t know about this amazing treat! I can’t imagine ever going back to the flannel sheet, Jersey sheet, or cotton in the cold winter. Fleece sheets are the ultimate comfort! Warning: You may sleep in and not want to get up in the morning.
2. Peppermint Green Tea – At Trader Joe’s grocery it’s called Candy Cane Tea. It has a warm wintery taste, and makes me feel like its Holiday season.
3. Slipper Collection – Yes a collection: red fuzzy slippers, bunny slippers with cute ears, slipper boots, and thick fuzzy socks in fun crazy colors. It’s pretty interesting how fun comfy footwear can change a mood. After a not so fabulous day, those polka dot thick fuzzy slipper socks make everything good again.
4. Hot Apple Cider – Sometimes I add cinnamon to the hot cider. It’s not something I drink during the rest of the year, so it feels wonderfully festive in November, December and January.
5. Hot Chocolate – Yummy hot chocolate. I usually make it with milk and not hot water. My favorite hot chocolate mixes are Ghirardelli’s double chocolate, Ghirardelli’s chocolate hazelnut, and Godiva’s dark hot chocolate. Adding peppermint or cinnamon can be nice too. Warning: It’s not a low-calorie, or low sugar beverage
6. Autumn Colored Candles – When it gets closer to December, I’ll change out my autumn color candles for the silver ones. But fall colors create such a feeling of warmth.
7. Layer up and go to the beach – Breathe in the crisp air, and hear the sound of the birds and the ocean waves. There’s almost no one there in the winter, so it’s easy to look at the great big ocean, look all around and see just how magnificent it is. It’s peaceful, and easy to feel completely at one with nature and the Divine.
8. Decorate – Break out autumn and winter colors. I like to add reds, amber, and silver, throughout the home. It could be in the form of pillows, blankets, candle holders, a table runner, or an area rug. Pick your favorite winter colors and celebrate the season.
9. Fun Rain Boots – Here rains in the winter and in order to make it fun, I bought a pair of rain boots that make it enticing to splash in a puddle.
10. Lamps – Orange, red, amber lamp shades work wonders. With regular ceiling lighting, it can feel harsh or too bright, and colorful lamps, and lighting can be a wonderful solution. You can either get a few small lamps for ambiance, or have some different color light bulbs, or just use different color lamp shades. One of my lamps has a yellow light bulb (it’s an amber/red shade) it makes for great ambient light. Lighting and color effects a person’s mood and emotions, so it’s a great time to see what you love.
I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to celebrate winter.
What’s on your winter joy list?