Vitality 50 Reasons to Love Winter When the first winter breeze blows through the trees you can feel the magic in the air. By Zuzu Perkal Winter is here. You may not be surrounded by mountains filled with snow, but winter nonetheless has something whimsical to offer no matter where you are. Cold weather brings people together, we yearn for warmth, love, and connection. The holidays deliver big family meals, endless gratitude, and it just seems like time moves a little bit slower than usual. When the first winter breeze blows through the trees you can feel the magic in the air. People seem to be a bit nicer and nobody can complain about a little vacation time! This winter season, I challenge you to be open and accepting to new beginnings, learn to love more, and allow time to slow down so you can appreciate each and every moment. 1) With the change of season comes new beginnings 2) Cold weather 3) Layering all of your favorite clothes into one outfit 4) Hot cocoa, hot cider, and peppermint-spiced lattes 5) Snuggling up to someone you love 6) Celebrating the holidays 7) Presents!! (And Presence!!) 8) Cooking big meals with family 9) The smell of bonfires 10) Christmas lights 11) S’mores and Irish Coffee 12) Warm socks 13) Days off!! 14) New Year’s is just around the corner 15) Curling up with a book 16) Ugly Christmas Sweaters 17) Holiday Parties 18) Giving back 19) Being grateful for what you have 20) Sweaters, scarves, and mittens 21) Ski and snowboard trips 22) Christmas carols 23) Ice skating 24) Building snowmen and having snowball fights 25) Catching snowflakes on your tongue 26) New Year’s resolutions 27) Traveling 28) Visiting family and friends 29) Making phone calls you should’ve made a long time ago 30) Holding hands with your lover 31) Long hugs to keep warm 32) Heated blankets 33) Mistletoe 34) New Year’s kisses 35) Popcorn garland 36) The pace of life slowing down 37) Arts and crafts 38) Stockings, letters to Santa, and Christmas morning 39) Candy canes 40) Gingerbread houses 41) School being cancelled because of snow 42) Sweat pants!! 43) Finding a special someone 44) Snow angels 45) Doggies in sweaters 46) The smell of fresh winter air 47) Open windows 48) Comfort food 49) No mosquitoes!! 50) Carbohydrates are back in season Happy Winter! — Zuzu Perkal is an independent artist, photographer, yoga instructor, and adventure enthusiast in Austin, Texas. Her days are filled with coffee, paint, and daydreams. She believes mistakes are simply a beautiful opportunity for growth and that our own life experiences serves as our most valuable teachers. Zuzu recently graduated from Wanderlust’s first Teacher Training Program and is on a mission to continually expand her consciousness while following her journey down the yogic path. She is currently experimenting with the concept of a floating yoga studio and mixed medium practice.