• 100 things I love in the world – winter

    by  • January 7, 2011 • beautiful world, celebration, community • 7 Comments

    The sequel to this autumn list.

    1. candy canes
    2. the quiet of new-fallen snow
    3. Dar Williams’ The Christians and the Pagans
    4. gingerbread
    5. poinsettias
    6. tree skeletons and snags
    7. wearing my black beret every day
    8. Solstice
    9. wrist warmers
    10. making snow angels
    11. candles at the dinner table every night
    12. no more leaves to fall on the driveway
    13. the smell of baking in the house
    14. Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here
    15. Salvation Army bell-ringers
    16. watercolour sunsets on every sunny day
    17. creative wrapping that is part of the present
    18. the smell of a Christmas tree
    19. this heavenly cream that keeps my hands soft, even in cold/dry air
    20. the doorbell ringing when we anticipate company
    21. a lit fireplace
    22. Nanaimo Bars
    23. holly with red berries
    24. a wreath on/near the door
    25. sweeping snow from the stairs while it is still powdery
    26. champagne
    27. smiling at a stranger just because
    28. White Christmas, enjoyed unironically
    29. wool slippers
    30. little kids so bundled up they look like colourful snowmen
    31. handmade Christmas cards and tags
    32. getting out the Christmas dishes
    33. snow-covered mountains
    34. sunset reflected on snow-covered mountains
    35. heated car seats (I don’t have them, but a girl can dream.)
    36. leather driving gloves
    37. four-wheel drive
    38. living indoors
    39. Sarah McLachlan singing Gordon Lightfoot’s Song for a Winter’s Night
    40. school choirs
    41. Aurora Borealis
    42. pine cones
    43. working with high school seniors on college applications and essays
    44. the first green tips of bulbs emerging from wet earth
    45. reflecting on the old year
    46. preparing for the new
    47. picking a gift tag for the giving tree
    48. easy-peel oranges (that’s what my brother and I called mandarins or clementines)
    49. warm spiced wine
    50. cappuccino truffles
    51. The Christmas Tree – a story about finding the tree for Rockefeller Centre
    52. imagining that tree at Rockefeller Centre – it’s on my list to see the tree-lighting there one day
    53. vanilla beans in sugar
    54. cinnamon sticks
    55. the swirl of cold air that follows people in the door
    56. college students coming home for the holidays
    57. hot water bottles
    58. reindeer candle holders
    59. vacuuming up the needles from the tree and having it smell like Christmas every time I vacuum after that
    60. picking one little word for the new year
    61. frost on grass
    62. icicles
    63. blue jays at the feeder
    64. churches
    65. a hot bath in a clawfoot tub
    66. flannel sheets
    67. scotch
    68. the sound of zippers from wet coats in the dryer
    69. curling up with a blanket and a good book on the couch
    70. storm-watching
    71. walking on the carpets of fir needles in the woods
    72. an owl hooting in the dark
    73. a menorah in a window
    74. colourful knee socks peeking above boots
    75. a star atop a tree
    76. an angel atop a tree
    77. children building a snowman outside
    78. how much bigger the living room feels after we take the tree down
    79. choosing and starting a wall calendar for the new year
    80. crisp, clear nights to go star-watching
    81. a sliver of moon
    82. icicles hanging from the roof
    83. walking five miles uphill both ways IN THE SNOW
    84. spider webs dipped in frost
    85. holding hands around the dinner table to give thanks
    86. suet bird feeders with a crowd of birds around them
    87. board-game parties
    88. trying new cookie/treat recipes
    89. packing a plate of homemade baking to take to a friend
    90. arriving on someone’s doorstep bearing gifts
    91. when the gift is JUST RIGHT
    92. believing
    93. writing thank-you notes
    94. seeing nests in winter trees
    95. migration of Snow Geese
    96. hanging snowflakes in a window
    97. Super Bowl Sunday
    98. the way my dog puts her head on my lap when I’ve been at my desk too long
    99. Valentine’s Day
    100. people who send out valentines instead of Christmas cards

    Inspired by HulySeventy’s lists here and here, and also Ashley E., I made mine mostly seasonal.  This wasn’t hard at all was a lot harder for winter than for autumn: still, there is a lot to love in the world.

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    7 Responses to 100 things I love in the world – winter

    1. January 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

      So, so gorgeous.

      • Jet
        January 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

        Thank you, Katie, for the visit and the lovely comment.

        So many of the winter things we enjoy are Christmas-related, which is lovely, but I wanted to note many of the things to love in the next two months also. (Those were a little harder to find, especially when we are drowning in gloom here in the Northwest.)

    2. January 8, 2011 at 5:08 am

      Nanaimo bars! My husband is Canadian, from Vancouver, so if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t understand the TRUE wonder of that. I love this list.

      • Jet
        January 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

        Thank you, Elizabeth – it’s so fun that you know just what I meant there. I am also Canadian, from Vancouver – small world of ex-pats out here.

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    4. January 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Love this — there is something so powerful about lists. Also, you’ve opened my eyes to the wonders of wrist-warmers — I WANT one!

      • Jet
        January 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

        I agree about lists. I’m considering a project of lists (one a week for a year, or something like that), but I’m reluctant to set a time/quantity to it – maybe just a commitment to thinking about it and posting some. I have a tendency to love the idea of projects and then change gears mid-stream. So many wonderful ideas out there. Also, I’m wearing the wrist-warmers RIGHT NOW, and they are awesome.

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