So you’ve been living in paradise – aka Hawaii, or Florida, or California! Congratulations. The beaches are lovely. The weather is amazing. The atmosphere is friendly. But…you are sad. Why are you sad? Because you are one of those weirdos who likes the North and winter and snow and all that. I get it. Different strokes for different folks. I’m not one of them. When it hits 70, I need a sweatshirt and jeans. We have been lucky to be stationed in a variety of warm climates, and I have been thankful for that. But I know that some people miss the changing seasons that create massive mud puddles, the brisk air that hurts your face and your lungs, and snow, that horrible evil substance that makes getting anywhere take about five hours longer than normal. And for those people living in warm climates, who feel it just isn’t a winter holiday without those things, I offer these suggestions.
1. Buy lots of wintery scented candles. Our memories are tied more strongly to scent than any other sense and having the house smell like the crisp outdoors, or a pine forest, or dried leaves can put you back in that place even momentarily and make it feel a little more like winter.
2. One night, crank the AC, get warm fuzzy socks, watch a terrible Christmas movie and drink hot cocoa. This would put anyone in the Christmas/Winter holiday mood.
3. Along the same lines, bring hot cocoa in a thermos, wear stupid Christmas sweaters, crank the AC in the car and drive around to look at all the lights. There may not be snow on the roof, but nothing says Christmas like twinkling light displays. Check Facebook or the local news for the best neighborhoods.
4. Get one of those projectors that projects falling snow and run it inside. Be grateful it isn’t accumulating.
5. Go Pier One crazy. Make it look like someone attacked your house with tinsel and glitter and small woodland creatures.
6. Decorate the inside of your house with Christmas lights and decorations as well as the outside. It isn’t fair to put in all that work and not get to see the fruits of your labor.
7. Get a crackling fireplace screensaver. Enjoy winter-themed cocktails until you eventually warn your children away from it for safety.
8. Go to the zoo and hang out in the penguin exhibit. Drink eggnog while there.
9. Find a caroling group.
10. Make your own snow and save it for a snowball fight. I have no idea how to do this. I am sure there is a way. Google it. Or use those styrofoam balls for easier clean up.
So there you have it. A few easy and fun ways to bring winter into your corner of the sky!