The Change of the Seasons
With Halloween over, that means one thing—It’s Christmas time! Okay, so maybe it’s not quite Christmas time, and for the sake of everyone’s sanity, I’ll try my best to not make a Christmas-themed post until after Thanksgiving—but, I can’t promise anything! The end of Halloween does mean one thing though—the weather is about to get interesting! Whether you hate the snow or love it, it does look beautiful—at least at first. But what does the change of the season mean for a bookworm like me? Cozy on up with your hot cocoa and keep reading to find out!
Bad weather gives you an excuse to be an introvert
The winter weather is a double-edged sword—at least when you live in Wisconsin and get two feet of snow over the course of one weekend, like we did last April. The incessant snow, ice, and cold makes it hard to get to the places we need to be, and sometimes that means we have to cancel plans because it’s not safe to drive. Although it’s not fun missing out on things, it does let us become our introverted selves. We don’t have to interact with anyone, and can just curl up on the couch as the snow falls and the wind gusts.
Reading by the fire
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a fireplace (myself included), but a girl can dream! I can just imagine how peaceful it is, especially on a cold and blustery winter night, to curl up in front of the fire and read a book by the light of the flickering flames. The heat of the flames at my back, chasing out the chill from tromping through the snow—I can almost feel it!
Reading by the Christmas tree
Yeah, yeah, I know I said no Christmas. But you couldn’t really expect me to talk about snow and not mention Christmas, could you? Ideally, this scene would happen next to a tree and a fireplace, but for the time being I’m more than content with just the Christmas tree. The lights twinkling, the pine smell in the air, the idea that there may be more books underneath the tree waiting to be opened Christmas morning… I can’t wait!
As I said before, one of the best parts about being a bookworm at Christmas is the prospect of ripping open wrapping paper on Christmas morning and finding a beautiful new book just waiting to be devoured. Sometimes you ask for them, and sometimes your family just knows you so well. Whichever one it is, there’s nothing like a brand new book being gifted to you for your favorite holiday!
Cocoa, Cider, Tea, or Coffee
In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m all about being warm and cozy during the snowy season. What’s the best way to warm up after a long (or short, I’m not going to judge) stroll through the slushy cold? If you guessed any sort of warm beverage, you’d be correct! Whether it be cocoa, tea, cider, or coffee, a steaming hot drink is the perfect cure for being cold. There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a mug of cocoa and a book and just reading the night away.
Pajamas, fuzzy socks, and blankets
If you ask anyone that knows me what I’m obsessed with, you’d get a few answers. Harry Potter, goats, foxes—and anything even remotely fuzzy. Hats, mittens, cute pajama pants, socks, and especially blankets. If it can keep me warm and it’s soft, chances are I have an abundance of them. Fuzzy socks are almost always on my feet from the beginning of October through the end of March, hats are on my head as soon as the first leaf falls, and I always have at least two different blankets next to me, waiting to be used depending on how cold I am. Winter just allows me to use each and every one of these things without getting the funny looks I get when I use or wear them in the middle of summer.
So Much Reading time
For a lot of people, the change from the Halloween season to the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons mean a lot of traveling, vacation, and winter breaks. To me, that means plenty of time to read! Whether you’re in a car for hours on end, stuck in an airport, or flying through the skies, travelling means a ton of free time where other things can’t distract you from reading. You don’t have to clean, or cook, or work, so use the time to read! Reading in a car has always been soothing to me, and when is a better time than on your cross-state trip to see your family for the holidays?
While I’m not a person who generally likes winter– or the cold and snow that comes with it–I do fully admit that I enjoy all of the things listed above, and I truly appreciate the fact that winter makes all of these things possible for me. Next time the winter weather stops you from doing what you had planned, what activity are you going to partake in? Leave me a comment below!