Winter. Here in Maine, it's cold and gray, sometimes with snow, sometimes bright, sometimes downright bleak. And I love everything about it. Despite the fact that I hate to be cold, I enjoy being outside in the bracing January air. Even more, I like coming in from the cold and cozying up inside with a hot drink.
I always feel some melancholy when the Christmas holiday season ends, because I love it so much. But now I have come to appreciate the quiet period that follows. I enjoy the easing of the hustle and bustle from the holiday season and settling into a long, cold winter. Coziness is where it's at for me, on any given day, but especially these gray winter days. I don't even mind that it gets dark early. For me it seems like a good excuse to be home and in my comfortable sweats earlier than is normally acceptable.
I'm committed to embracing winter, as I think one needs to be, here in the frozen north, where we won't see spring until May. I'm wholeheartedly embracing the concept of hygge by spending time outdoors with the family, and enjoying the time inside with crafting, baking, reading, and generally slowing down. I may even go watch a movie with the kids, in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday, because it's a snow day and I intend to take full advantage of it.
I'd love to hear what you are doing to embrace and enjoy the winter. Hope you are finding some hygge too!