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Why I embrace the winters

Foliage at Finger Lakes several years ago.

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 Fall is almost over as the wintertide begins to settle in. I am embracing it the way I do every year, with thrill and excitement. You know? The way people welcome the Spring and Summer. Contrary to most, I love Winters. I love the very cold and tough winters especially. I look forward to snowy days because it’s absolutely breathtaking to see untainted snow on treetops and sidewalks. I love that days are shorter because that just means I get to turn on my Christmas lights that much earlier. Although fall’s departure is several weeks away, I realize I did not relish in it the way I have before. The only reminder and memory I have of this year’s foliage is the giant tree on the other side of the street. Which now is beginning to look barren. Isn’t it something? Now that Autumn is here we begin to layer ourselves up, while the leaves begin to fall disrobing the trees, leaving nothing but exposed branches to good ol’ Jack Frost. That the last vestige of life on that tree is now gone, is something that makes many people depressed as winter for most is a metaphor for death. Especially for those on The Wall. Have you seen Game of Thrones? They don’t fear their enemies swords, especially the White Walkers, they fear the Winter. However, I refuse to heed to their warning, “Winter is coming.” The season symbolizes the new and fresh. Snow falls, the air is crisp and I see hope. So while everyone is walking around jaded, I’m dancing around my Christmas tree. Literally!

So what do I love about Winters?

Lower Manhattan

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Well one thing is certain. Cold days and nights means a lot of being indoors. Which means game nights and karaoke.

Wearing long johns.

Snow! Especially the first snowfall of the season.

Snow ball fights and snow angels.

Hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.

The silence that accompanies the winter nights. It’s the kind of quiet that can make you feel uncomfortable and alone, but for me, it feels like home.

Knee high socks. Mostly the fuzzy socks.

Something warm and hot makes more sense to me during the cold months, hence my soup craving kicks in and fortunately Park Slope has a pretty good spot. Sadly they don’t deliver!

 

Rioja at our favorite tapas spot in Boston

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And of course a bottle of Rioja with none other than Norah Jones, The Fall. Listen closely to Man of The Hour by the way.

 

 

For someone who is not absorbed with what she wears, fall and winter fashion beckon me. It’s where I feel most like myself hence why I gravitate to this style and an all black wardrobe. Though I absolutely love the idea of dressing in layers: scarves, tights, leggings, oversized sweaters,  I am most fascinated by hats! I will admit, it’s the one item I feel like I truly rock in. My hat collection has become slightly compulsive. The husband told me if I bought one more, he’d burn them all. The thing is I have this enigmatic habit of buying one every fall, so I can’t blame him. And with the little sense of fashion I do have, this season you would have seen me wearing my new leather hoodie jacket, (this jacket was so popular it sold out!) combat boots (it’s always more exciting to bring out the boots than sandals by the way), and a beanie. Of course, I changed my nail color to my favorite red.

Great hair days. (Frizz-free ladies!)

I can give my toe nails a breather!

Rosy cheeks.

Skiing.

Curling up with a good book. – Though wait! – Now that I’m a mom who has time to read?

Coziness.

The way the cold air feels against your face.

There’s about a month where the Christmas spirit is everywhere. With that being said,

Christmas trees.

The scent of a real Christmas tree.

Egg nog.

Christmas carols.

Presents.

Santa Claus. I still believe.

And no, this isn’t some kind of mind trick or joke. I truly love winters. A. lot.

How about you? What are you feelings during the winter season? I’d love to hear!

 

 

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  • Belkys Yeste

    I loved your article. For you to have been born in a tropical island, where there are only two seasons (hot summer, cooler summer) was an ironic error since your Mother lived in NY for so long, It would have only been natural for you to have been born there. Heart and soul, you are definitely a woman of the north.

    I love winters too, but I can only enjoy them from a nicely decorated home as I look out the window. My Dominican body has never been able to adapt to cold weather. The evening lights of the Christmas tree along with all the other decorations are pure joy when night falls. And, when you have a one-year old boy running around, life is perfect.

    December 7, 2014 at 11:56 am Reply
  • Belkys

    I loved your article. For you to have been born in a tropical island, where there are only two seasons (hot summer, cooler summer) was an ironic error since your Mother lived in NY for so long, It would have only been natural for you to have been born there. Heart and soul, you are definitely a woman of the north.

    I love winters too, but I can only enjoy them from a nicely decorated home as I look out the window. My Dominican body has never been able to adapt to cold weather. The evening lights of the Christmas tree along with all the other decorations are pure joy when night falls. And, when you have a one-year old boy running around, life is perfect.

    There was an unintended pun under one of your pictures: Rioja at our favorite “tapas” spot in Boston. 🙂

    December 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm Reply
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