Well it’s all over but the crying….yup…if that was Christmas, we had it. As depressing as that sounds, all is not lost.
We’re still in the running for New Years. It’s kind of good that New Years happens right after Christmas. Almost makes you wonder if “they” planned that. The coming celebration of a new calendar year helps to allay the depression that follows the Christmas holiday.
Knowing that there is another holiday mere days away helps folks to get over the chilling realization that Christmas is over and the long, long, long, long, long, winter is still in front of us, waiting to torture those of us who don’t go south.
However, all is not lost. There are some things that can help to make enduring a long winter a little easier. So for those of you who have to go back to work or school, who have little or nothing to look forward to until Spring, here are some positive ideas to help you get through it:
With Any Luck, A Major Blizzard
It’s not all bad. At least in winter there is a chance, however slight, that we might get hit with a major blizzard, a snowstorm that shuts things down for a day or two, another short respite from work.
With any luck at all we’ll get hammered with snow around the end of January, closing stuff down and giving you a chance for a couple unexpected days off, kind of a mid-winter holiday.
Note: Don’t make a mistake and brag about your new four wheel drive truck or snowblower. Those can come back to haunt you, and take away your excuse for not being able to get to work.
If you are really lucky, we might get another big storm around the middle of February.
The daylight hours of the days are shorter for the next couple of months. That’s a fact. Just keep telling yourself that, leave off the part about daylight, and just say, “the days are shorter”. It will help.
For instance, someone at work bemoans the cold winter. You turn to them and smile, saying, “Well it’s cold, but at least the days are shorter.”
Then walk away. Chances are they won’t think to deeply about what you said, but you said something positive, which will cheer them up. You will be cheered up because you cheered them up. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
For cottagers and campers, these days are very important. It’s the long cold winter that makes you appreciate being able to get to the cottage in the warmer months. Let’s face it, if you could go to the camp year round, you wouldn’t appreciate it. It’s the old adage that works for love and for cottagers, “Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder” If it wasn’t for the winter and 4 feet of snow in the driveway you’d be at the camp, bored to death…
Cold Weather In The South
These days with climate change issues happening, there is always a possibility that it will be cold in the south. Places like Florida, South Carolina, New Mexico, might have some cold weather, maybe even temperatures going down to freezing occasionally.
Well you can only hope. At least it makes you feel better when you are scrapping the ice off your car windshield to know that your neighbors who spend their winter in the south, are cold too.
There you go, a few ideas that might help you get through the long winter. I hope this comes in helpful for you. If you need anymore, feel free to contact me, if I go south, I will leave a forwarding address….
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