I’ve written before about how the long, dark, cold nights can be hard and how to overcome that. However, it’s easy to overlook the good aspects of winter nights. This article looks at why we should find reasons to smile in the cold, dark nights.
1 – Starry Nights
Clear, crisp and cloudless nights means you can see the solar system in all its beauty. Last night I witnessed a massive meteor streaking across a clear blue and very starry sky. It lasted about five seconds and was a wonderful sight. If it hadn’t been dark as early, I may not have seen it. If you live in an area where you are lucky enough to not have the sky ruined by light pollution, be sure to get out there and look up. It really is stunning and will put a smile on your face whilst making you open your mind and think about existence, life, stars and the power of the universe.
2 – Bonfire and Fireworks Season
Tonight is Guy Fawkes night in the UK, a night where we light bonfires, burn guys, crack open the drinks and eat party food whilst setting off as many fireworks from our back gardens as we can. Safely, of course. If it wasn’t dark early, we couldn’t so easily enjoy a long night of festivities. There’s something to be said about wrapping up against the cold, standing around a fire with your friends and family and celebrating a man who tried to blow up Parliament (we’re a cynical bunch here). If you’re UK based, get yourself to a fireworks display, get some sparklers and have a drink with your friends. If you’re outside the UK, have a bonfire party anyway!
There is something very romantic about going for a walk with your date after you’ve had a pleasant night of wining and dining by candle light. It’s even more romantic when the man offers you his jacket (real gentleman offer the woman your jacket!). Walking hand in hand huddling together for warmth looking up at the stars. The cold chilly air is a perfect reason to hold each other close and get loved up. Play up to it, embrace the season trying to help you set the scene.
4 – Comfort Over Fashion
It’s the time of year when we don’t need to worry about our bikini bodies, diets and looking good in next to nothing summer wear. We can relax our eating plans, treat ourselves to winter warming foods and brush off these extra few pounds as protection from the cold. Not only can we let go of our diets, we can wear big, baggy, warm jumpers and comfy trousers. We go for warmth and comfort over sexy and sultry. Nothing is better than throwing on your favourite veg out clothes and sitting in front of the fire with a cocoa and good book.
5 – Late Night Snow Parties
One of the best nights I remember having with my friends, was a snow party around Christmas in my final year at uni. Inches of snow fell, Christmas lights were sparkling everywhere, it was 12-1AM and we went to the park directly opposite my house and played in the snow, made snowmen, snow angels, rolled down the hills, watched the foxes frolic in the white powder. We were the only people around and it was fantastic fun. We are all in agreement that it was a perfect night. The aspects of winter such as snow, the chill in the air and the festive season is what made it so much fun. Oh, and maybe the good company to top it off!
~ Image source kiss at Big Ben: http://www.lovethispic.com/image/13032/kiss-in-a-snow-storm
~ Image source for starry night: http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/8267730661