I grew up in Chicago, and then I moved to Boston, where I spent the majority of my adult years before moving to Bermuda. I hated winter. Passionately. I didn’t like being cold, and I was ALWAYS cold. One year it occurred to me that I wasn’t really doing it right, and I was spending 1/3 of every year being cranky and miserable. I learned to love the traditions of winter–rewarding myself with a hot chocolate when I went to dig out the car, investing in a good down coat and some other cold-winter gear, and trying to take a cue from mother nature and slow down a bit. It worked. I actually started to look forward to winter’s arrival (though, let’s be honest here, I also promptly found myself a boyfriend who lived in Bermuda). Anyway….. here are a few of my favorites. I hope that you all have a wonderful season full of warm bowls of steaming soup, roaring fires and toasty knitwear. Now go pour yourself a cup of cinnamon tea, curl up in this and read on.
Cookbooks: On Baking Bread, from Molly Yeh (she went to Juilliard, ya know!), or some Vegetarian Comfort Food
Hygge Books: On basic winter-survival, family traditions, or finally learn how to knit
Gardening books , India Hicks’s Island House is amazing! or just to plan a trip.
These lights are supposed to really help with those winter blues!
I suppose the most obvious thing would be for them to travel to a warmer climate! Target just came out with a new travel collection that I am kind of obsessed with right now. The suitcases are great, but the packable backpack is perfect for when you’re traveling for a concert and you need to wear your instrument on your back, BUT, you know you’re going to want to take advantage of a nice day hike while you’re there?
Shearling slippers are a must. The ultimate in coziness.
Crawling into a bed made up with flannel sheets is the BEST when it’s cold out! Some simple ones, a more seasonal set, or these super festive ones (for you or the kiddos).
If I had this hat, I would spend my entire days frolicking in the snow. Of course, if I could afford that hat, I’d be in Fiji. these earmuffs are a bit more reasonable!
Keep your hands and toes warm–for skiing, winter hikes, or just the daily commute.
Go snowshoeing and then warm up with some hot cocoa!
When I was living in Boston I slipped on ice and broke things (hand, finger, wrist) 3 times in 6 years. Then I got some Yaktrax, and now I give them to everyone I care about. Game.Changer.