Winter is a strange season as it bridges the gap between the year’s polar opposites. While spring, summer and autumn all have a unique flavour that is usually predictable from beginning to end, winter embraces many emotions and characters. It is the only season where the mood and mindset change dramatically in the middle. At the beginning, the warmth, hope and joy of Christmas are all-consuming and they wrap up the year, offering time to reflect on the highs and lows of the past 12 months. But the season’s end welcomes in a New Year which, although cold and often marked by post-Christmas blues, is also ripe with possibility. For me, January often ends up as a strange month without any discernable purpose, so if you’re like me, here are some ways to stay in the moment through the whole of this coming winter.
- Food & Drink: Toffee nut latte with chocolate hazelnut loaf
- Bake: Snickerdoodles & Pflaumenkuchen
- Places to visit: Germany
- Play in the snow (if we get any!)
- Do some Christmas crafts – most of mine involve Cinnamon sticks!
- Watch lots of movies: The Holiday, Miracle on 34th Street, Muppet’s Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually
- Experience a Christmas market – Köln Weihnachtsmarkt is just perfect
- Buy a calendar for the New Year
- Start on some New Year goals – make plans for the year, book tickets to shows and search out new restaurants
- Go to a museum – it’s low season in January so much quieter and you can take your time
- Go to coffee shops and watch the world go by
- Have a long hot bath with candles and a good book
- Prepare for spring – get ahead of the game with a pre-spring clearout
- Make the most of the slower pace of life by sipping wine (or, my preference, G&T) late into the night with friends, dreaming about what the year ahead might bring
Winter may be the odd season out, but it can still bring joy if you live it in the moment!