It’s been in the 30s for the past two days here, so I’m pretty sure that means that I can finally say that winter is here. What a gift. As I think I’ve said in just about every blog post, I hate sweating and I love cold weather. So, naturally, I am all about this time of year. Read on to see other non-sweating related reasons that I can’t get enough of Winter.
Part of the reason that I love Winter so much is because it’s the season of coziness. Nothing is better than putting on a big comfy sweater, lighting a candle, and wrapping yourself in a blanket in front of a fire . . . or a space heater, whatever you have around. I just bought some new fall and winter sweaters that I’ve been loving, and I’ve returned to my tried and true ones. I’m even wearing one as I write this. And I’m in front of my space heater! And I have a Frosted Cranberry candle from Bath & Body Works burning. Look at me wintering!
Hot apple cider. Hot chocolate. Hot chai lattes. Hot tea. These are a few of my favorite things. Obviously I can — and do — have these drinks year-round, but I find that they taste better during Winter. Anyone else agree? Like candles, sweaters, blankets, and a concentrated source of heat, hot drinks definitely add to the coziness of the season. This season my favorite weekend treat has been stopping by a coffee shop for a chai latte before going on a walk along the river.
Festive Body Products
I am a Bath & Body Works addict year-round, but I especially look forward to their Winter products. Again, everything is so cozy. My winter B&BW haul usually marks the start of the season for me, so you better believe that I’m already fully stocked. For the past few years my favorite scents have been winter candy apple and vanilla bean noel. It’s just not Winter without these mainstays. They change the bottle designs every year, but as far as I can tell, the scents have remained the same. I’m trying out the coconut mint drop body spray for the first time this year (yes, even my body sprays are seasonal), and I absolutely love it. I’m no good at describing scents, but it’s a mixture of sweet and the good kind of musky. Very seasonally appropriate.
It’s a dream of mine to have a drawer full of festive pajamas. But I’m a graduate student and pajamas are actually wildly expensive when you consider their purpose. But still. I dream. The pajamas above are the ones that have caught my eye this season. They all look so cute and warm! Except the nightdress. My excuse for that one is that I’m always in a warm state during the holidays. I’m not so big on Halloween, but I would love to get my hands on some Fall-inspired pajamas. Is that a thing?
I love to travel. I love exploring new places, but that’s not all traveling is to me. To me, traveling begins the moment I start packing my suitcase. Or even when I start thinking about what I’m going to pack. I find the whole process delightful, from arriving at the airport to checking in and going through security to being on the plane. It’s just wonderful from start to finish. Why? Because it means you’re about to be on vacation! Or at least you’re about to escape the monotony of your daily routine for a little bit. I am aware that a big part of why I love the traveling process so much is because I don’t have any travel horror stories. And for that I am thankful.
My family is on the traditional side, so the holidays are never a time to actually travel to a new place. However, since I no longer live in my home state, Winter affords me the opportunity to travel home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Traveling home to visit my parents and friends brings me so much joy. This time next week, I’ll be in my childhood bedroom. I am filled to the brim with excitement. I don’t have any clue how I’m going to be able to get through the next week. Pretty sure vacationitis is a real thing. For those of you without supportive families, I hope you have dear friends with whom to spend the holidays. And for those who celebrate neither Thanksgiving nor Christmas, I hope you’re getting to do some kind of traveling during your break! Except if you hate it. In that case, I hope you stay home!
If listening to Christmas music year-round did not make it feel less special during the actual holiday season I would 100% do it. I know some people hate Christmas music and others don’t see what the big deal is, and honestly, I do not understand these points of view? Sure, there are some Christmas songs that I don’t like, but as a genre, it’s as good as it gets. As I mentioned I’ve already begun pumping the jams, but I won’t be in a full Christmas music lockdown until December 1st. Gotta get it while it’s hot!
CHRISTMAS. WHAT’S BETTER THAN THAT?! Nothing. Okay, Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. I actively look forward to Christmas from December 26th onward. I can’t think of a single negative thing about this holiday. Except for maybe the extent to which it takes over the world and impacts even those who do not celebrate the holiday. Sorry about that. But also, isn’t it kind of great? And no, I don’t like Christmas because I like presents. In fact, exchanging presents is a very anxiety-provoking activity for me (what if they don’t like what I got them?!). The reasons I love Christmas are really a sum total of everything I’ve written about in this post: cozy outfits, festive candles, home and beauty products, fantastic music, warm drinks, and the presence of your loved ones. Heart eyes. I’ve been feeling cozier, more festive, and overall happier since turning on the Christmas tunes on November 1st. And now I have almost two whole months to bask in this feeling. What a blessing. If you haven’t started Christmas — and you plan on celebrating — I say, start now. We deserve it after this garbage fire year.
Hope everyone’s enjoying Winter as much as I am!
*Caps lock used to indicate the extent to which these make my heart full.