Post written by Carina Spring.
Canadian winters. What an experience. Do you like winter? How do you survive it?
I was listening to CBC recently and a guest speaker was talking about the possibility of making downtown ice trails so that people could skate to work. He made an interesting point: Winter cities live in freezing conditions for many months of the year. Why focus on the 10 days that are really, really unbearable? Instead, focus on getting outside and embracing the season. I couldn’t agree more!
There was a time in history when people enjoyed winter. Regular winter festivals were the norm, people bundled up and walked outside, played outside, and just all around made the best of the season.
I know winter can be hard, and driving in it is the worst part for me. But enjoying the season is a mind-set. If one dresses for the cold, and I mean REALLY dress for it, it is fun to be outside. The quality of light, the crisp, cold air, the brilliance of the snow. It’s invigorating and magical!
Okay, when it gets ridiculously cold (for me, that is when the temp goes below -32 C with a windchill) it can be too much. But normally, it isn’t that bad. When it is, I try to get cozy and kind of hibernate. Wait till the cold snap breaks.
Anyhow, here’s to winter and making the best of it. The way I see it, if I’m going to live somewhere this cold, I might as well really experience it. There are many people in the world who will never know the joy of walking in the picturesque beauty after a fresh snow-fall. Lucky us!
btw I snapped the picture with my cell phone camera on my way home from work. I was not dressed for it so I could barely hold on to the camera. My point? I will make the best of winter, but will LOVE summer when it comes! 😉
Well, just in case it’s too cold for you to go outside, here are a few versions of that song to keep you smiling! Take your pick.
I had no idea that Lady Gaga had done a version of this song!
Have you heard this version? It’s a classic.
Or this one?
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