The Real Reasons That People Love Winter

What every Monday morning in February feels like

I’m sure you know at least one of them: those annoyingly happy people who gush endlessly when the first snowflakes appear. They love winter and want you to know it. For those of us who become more and more depressed as the mercury drops, this behavior is very hard to fathom. Sure, I can understand hockey players and skiers liking this time of year, but just loving winter in general? It just does not compute.

Here are the real reasons why I think some people claim that they love the six months of ice and snow:

They Like Huddling Inside

Sure, people say they love winter, but they also go on about how cozy it is to sit inside by a warm fire and hibernate. If winter is so great, why are you spending so much time inside? Oh, I know: because it’s bloody freezing out there!

An Excuse to Be Alone

See They Like Huddling Inside

Winter = An Excuse to Slack

How many times have you heard, “I was going to head to the gym today, but the roads were just too slippery.” Or “It’s a Snow Day and no school, so I’m going back to bed.” If they are feeling especially lazy and don’t want to do anything outside their home, winter provides a convenient excuse that is tough to argue with.

OK, yes, I’m being silly and sarcastic. I will admit that outside of the holiday shopping period, I do actually prefer the slower pace one typically encounters during the winter. And yes, a Christmas get together with family and friends can indeed be lovely. Christmas mornings with your children can also provide the sort of memories that bring a smile to your face.

All of that said, the best Christmas present for me is the one that always arrives three months late: spring.

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