I love the winter. I make no secret of it, it is my favourite season. Many people think I’m a little crazy and I do understand the nice warm summers mean it is easier to get out and about. Also the rain is less than ideal if you are out, no one wants frizzy hair and wet feet. However, the cold I find refreshing. I love a cold bedroom so I can have a nice thick duvet cover and I sleep better. I love jumpers, scarves and hats. It is the time for hot chocolates, gingerbread lattes and mulled wine. Plus there is Christmas with all its festivities, twinkly lights and tinsel (ok I hate tinsel but I’m trying to make a point).
I do love the summer, I really do but to get full enjoyment out of it I need a cold ‘reset’. The winter needs to be really cold*. There should be snow, not just a small smattering but lots of it and multiple frosts. These last couple of winters have been down right rubbish for me! This year I am really hopeful for a cold one. I’m talking minus temperatures regularly! The South East of England does get warmer weather than the rest of the UK but I’m really hoping some of the cold snaps reach us this year. Sorry fellow SE residents… Ok I’m not sorry!
Since I cannot control Mother Nature and since there are still Global Warming deniers out there warming up my winters (bas***ds) I have compiled a December bucket list so I can tick little fun things off as I go. So even if I don’t get snowed in with the girls and make snowmen, women and cats. Even if I can’t go out and instantly feel Jack Frost nipping at my nose I can have other things to concentrate on. I’m also hoping this will help with the inevitable cabin fever we start getting with the Christmas Holidays approaching.
The Bucket List
- Write a letter to Santa with both the girls
- Pick a Christmas Tree
- Decorate the Christmas Tree
- Watch our favourite Christmas films
- Go to Hobbycraft and get some Christmas themed crafts for the girls.
- Go and see the Christmas lights in London with the girls
- Visit a Christmas market
- Visit Santa
- Make Winter Cocktails
- Wrap all the presents (all at once usually)
- Go and visit the local RSPCA and make a Christmas donation
- Visit the local garden centre to see the decorations and the rescue donkeys
- Go out for a gingerbread latte and cake
- Christmas themed baking
- Finish and send Christmas cards (I have actually started them)
- Take the girls shopping to each pick a present for Daddy.
- Have an indoor picnic
I think we will have lots of fun completing this list. Is there anything else you would add?
*I know most people consider anything below 10ºC to be cold; I need it to be sub 4ºC to feel like it is cold…. I’m seriously not joking! In Vienna last year, in December, it didn’t get below 5ºC in the days… I was gutted! I think I would be very happy somewhere like Canada in the winter.