Maybe we can learn from other cultures that have been making friends with this cold harsh season, and let a snowy, cold winter make us slow down and enjoy the comforts of resting more and slowing down our pace of life. This article from Vogue magazine goes into the Norwegian style of surviving the winter, beautifully written and makes me respect cultures that figured out how to spend half of the year with little power from the sun. In Norway, koselig—pronounced kush-lee—is more than a concept. It is part of the culture. Local bars often supply wool blankets and sheepskin or reindeer pelts that you can pull over your lap while you sip a pint or share a bottle of wine. Interior spaces are designed to radiate light, and many bathrooms have heated floors to warm slush-chilled feet.
If we are to live half our lives in the cold, we might as well make friends with it and enjoy the coziness that comes from being close together with friends in a warm, inviting environment, having less on our agenda to spend more time doing the unexpected.
This article on Kinfolk also goes on to give suggestion on what to do on a Snow Day. On a snow day like today, commit to enjoying this cold break by going outside to enjoy the beauty of snow and ice, or curl up under the blanket to enjoy a well-made mocha coffee. Don’t worry, you can enjoy it, because it’s a special day.