As we approach the highly anticipated winter break, now is a great time to reflect on all the reasons to love this season.
Winter is quite often ranked as the least popular season. It is quite the tragedy because there is so much to appreciate about this time of year, but I have recently became enlightened to the loveliness of winter. Just like a majority of Americans, I was sleeping on winter’s charms, not realizing they were there. I often dreaded the snowy time of year, as it meant having to interact with distant relatives at awkward family parties. However, something in me changed this year and I suddenly awakened to see the beauty and joy winter brings.
Everyone loves a good holiday, and winter is packed with them. Winter break is a beloved part of the school year, as it gives students and staff time to relax between semesters and enjoy the winter holidays. Those who are working are allowed to take time off to be with their families and some are even given extra financial support in the form of holiday bonuses. Additionally, many people’s favorite holidays like Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years take place in winter. The holidays are a truly magical time for people to see friends and relatives and to show loved ones how much they are appreciated. Everyone likes to celebrate, and the vast amount of holidays concentrated in winter makes it a joyous season for all. Winter is truly a season of giving, celebration, and connection.
Another great aspect of winter is that it opens up a door for many new sports to enter the spotlight. Skiing and snowboarding are very popular, especially here in Colorado, and outdoor ice skating is particularly beloved activity. Winter is famous for having its own Olympics hosted every four years. The Winter Olympics allow athletes from around the world to compete for their country to be the best in the world. At the same time, it also showcases all the fun sports winter has to offer. As far as national sports go, basketball, football, and hockey are all played throughout the wintertime. Being some of the most popular sports in America, plenty of people pack stadiums and crowd around televisions in order to watch. Many fans fervently support their favorite teams by screaming at the TV, as if that is going to change the outcome of the game. Whether they are a casual viewer or a die-hard fan, winter sports is entertaining for all.
There is nothing quite like sitting under a blanket all cozy next to a fire, and winter gives people the perfect opportunity to do just that. While the colder temperatures outside can sometimes limit possible activities, the cozy indoor activities that are a staple of wintertime are both fun and comfortable. Making hot cocoa and cuddling up with loved ones for a movie night is a classic winter activity, and by far one of my personal favorites. Gathering friends to play board games provides a great opportunity for fun and connection, or it could mean the ending of friendships should one decide to play high stakes games like UNO or Monopoly. Finally, baking is the perfect winter pastime as it is fun and warm, leaving one with a (hopefully) delicious outcome.
Winter’s snow is by far one of the best parts of the season. Snow is a unique and treasured form of weather and allows for many unique activities like sledding and snowball fights. “Colorado’s winter weather can be somewhat unpredictable and extreme, but that is part of what makes it so special,” said junior Spartan Max Barber. Winter opens up new possibilities and ways for people to interact with the beautiful, snowy outdoors which are not available during other seasons. Plus, the snow and colder temperatures mean that people get to bring out their coziest coats, hats, and scarves to wear outside. TJ fashion icon and freshman Meghan Maloof said: “One reason I enjoy winter is because I really like being warm and layering up while still looking cute.” Winter attire allows one to look their best while still staying plenty warm when going out. Although it can be a hassle to get off cars in the morning, snow is undeniably beautiful. Waking up to a world blanketed in soft white snow is truly a sight to behold, and I pity those who have yet to see it.
All in all, winter is a beautiful and highly under appreciated season that has tons to offer. From fun outdoor activities to cheerful holidays, winter has something for everyone. Be sure to get out there this winter break and take advantage of all the great aspects of this snowy season.