I've been known to gripe a bit about winter. I don't like gray skies and we get some serious inversion in the Salt Lake valley. It feels like there is a lid above you that is keeping out the sky. I also have a significant amount of joint pain when it's cold. I don't like to drive in the snow or even in the dark for that matter. Short days and long nights are not my favorite.
I'm generally a pretty positive person, but that gets trickier to maintain in the winter months. I guess that is probably why my husband sent me this article from Fast Company.
The article is definitely worth reading. I wanted to share two small portions here:
First, Norwegians celebrate the things one can only do in winter. "People couldn’t wait for the ski season to start," says Leibowitz. Getting outside is a known mood booster, and so Norwegians keep going outside, whatever is happening out there. Notes Leibowitz: "There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing."
Norwegians also have a word, koselig, that means a sense of coziness. It’s like the best parts of Christmas, without all the stress. People light candles, light fires, drink warm beverages, and sit under fuzzy blankets.
My husband fell in love with the world koselig and he keeps bringing it up as the reason to love this season.
It is a great word and I've tried to embrace it as well. I've been drinking warm drinks, snuggling under blankets, enjoying wearing slippers and sweatshirts around the house, and appreciating the feeling of winter. Of course, we've had a pretty mild winter so far so it's been fairly easy. lol! Check in with me about mid-January and see if I'm still feeling the koselig then!