As A Floridian, I Am Never Prepared For Winter

As A Floridian, I Am Never Prepared For Winter

There's a huge difference between winter in Florida and winter literally anywhere else.

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It wasn't too long ago I embarked upon an adventure to a wondrous northern land filled with shimmering lights and Elmo impersonators, New York. Here I found a bustling city, a city that truly never sleeps, and accompanying this I discovered something I never experienced in Florida, the horrors of winter. As I left the plane, the icy grasp of winter clawed at my skin, I felt a type of cold I'd never felt before. It was a biting cold, the type that seeps into your bones and renders you helplessly rubbing together your hands. It leaves you heaving whatever hot air is left in your lungs unto your hands in a sorry attempt to preserve the warmth you still have left.

So here you find yourself, a Floridian, finding a place of warmth to de-thaw, swearing to whatever higher power you believe in that you will leave better prepared, so you layer, double layer, heck perhaps even triple layer. Feeling confident, you leave and brace for the cold, only to realize you are a fool. The three thin sweaters you equip like armor, perfect for the consistently warm and muggy temperatures of Florida, betray you. The cold winds rip through layers like tissue paper, Jack Frost cackling in the background as you curse the numerous times you wished for the cold. Not long after you realize you can no longer feel your hands, your lips feel like plump, icy pillows on your face, your ears stinging in pain from the bristling chill. The Floridian needs no gloves, no scarfs, no beanies, so it being forgotten is unsurprising.

You see, winter wear is more of an aesthetic than a necessity in Florida. F The need for warm clothes is, at most, sweats and a jacket. These will usually get broken out the minute it gets below 70 degrees. In case you, the reader, are not from Florida, the memes of Floridians during our "winter" are absolutely true.

Also, snow. Wow. Snow is magical and horrible. I'm accustomed to heat waves, the little squiggles in the sky, but not snow. When I saw those delicate white flakes falling from the sky, it was a picturesque moment, and then it fell apart the minute one of those flakes hit my clothes. I realized these little flakes stick to your clothes, and are incredibly cold, and then melt, and then leave you soaked. The piles of snow that line the streets after it snows was something I'd never seen before. At first, I thought it looked cool, and then I realized that as I kept looking at the snow piles day-by-day I realized they got more misshapen and dirtier and realized how much of a nuisance they must be. I'll keep my heat waves and alligators, thanks.

Let this be a warning and a fun learning experience from a dramatic Floridian, winter is different outside of Florida. When you step foot outside our humble swamp you find the harsh winters of the rest of the U.S and beyond to be nearly unbearable. Appreciate the climate you come from, you may not realize you live in a paradise.

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15 Reasons Why Winter Is My Favorite Season

Winter doesn't always have to be miserable and cold.
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It seems like winter weather in New York always comes quicker than we expect it to. Summer comes to an end, fall weather lasts for a brief three seconds, and then we feel the brisk air of winter coming. I've lived in New York my entire life so this is not my first rodeo and I can definitely tell you winter can suck sometimes. Most people hate the snow, the cool breeze, and the dreary winter season but it's all so much more than that! There are more reasons to love the winter season than to hate it, think about the holidays and being able to overload on carbohydrates (thanks for coming to an end bikini season). Here are my fifteen beautiful reasons on why winter is my favorite season.

1. Layering.

Winter is the only time you can layer all your favorite clothes into one outfit! Add a scarf, a sweater, a flannel, and a coat while still looking put together.

2. Winter drinks.

For all the Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts addicts, winter is the best time for hot drinks. Hot cocoa, salted caramel lattes, hot apple cider, can life get any better?

3. Snow!

How could anyone hate the prettiest part of winter? Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just enjoy the view. Sometimes getting snowed in is the best part of winter.

4. Christmas lights.

What's a better way to get into the Christmas spirit? Take a walk past Rockefeller Center in Manhattan to feel the magic around Christmas time.

5. Snuggling up next to the person you love.

What's better than snuggling and Elf?

6. Warm clothes.

Mittens, scarves, wool socks, and sweaters? I want to wear all of you. Come right this way!

7. Curling up in bed with a good magazine or book.

Just giving you another reason to be lazy and never want to get out of bed. (PS you might finish an entire series of books if you do this, I'm totally guilty of this.)

8. Holiday parties.

Everyone's favorite party of the year, the ugly Christmas sweater party! Nothing like wearing a funny, vintage, or just plain hideous ugly Christmas sweater to win some prizes. (Or just to go to the party for the free food, also guilty.)

9. Traveling.

For the winter holiday season, most people have a little bit of time off from work or school. Winter break is the perfect vacation for a cabin retreat. Visit a ski resort or a snowboarding lodge with your loved ones and relax for the weekend. Make sure you don't forget your ski's and lots of warm clothes!

10. Dogs in sweaters.

You've got to be a really evil human to not love everything about this. I'll take ten dogs in sweaters please.

11. Comfort food.

Comfort foods most popular day, Thanksgiving. The best winter holiday besides Christmas. Please pass the mashed potatoes, biscuits, stuffing, and everything that's unhealthy because I want it all.

12. Christmas!

My favorite day in winter is Christmas. Everything leading up to Christmas makes me love winter even more. Christmas carols, getting caught under the mistletoe, candy canes, ginger bread houses, stockings, and especially Christmas morning (the only morning of the year I don't mind getting up for).

13. New Years!


New Years kisses, New Years resolutions, and the change of pace for the New Year is always refreshing.

14. Giving back.

There's plenty of ways to give to people to make them have a wonderful Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is an organization to bless Christmas presents to children in need around the world. Toys for tots is also another program you can be involved in, it gives toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them presents.

15. Being grateful for what you have.

Although you should be grateful every day and not just the holiday season, winter is a reminder that home is where the heart is.

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10 Ways To Spend Your College Snow Day

Let's be real, everyone could use a catch up day of 5.

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Most days it seems like there is not enough hours in the day to get everything done. "Back in the day" aka in high school, snow days were under appreciated and not properly taken advantage of. Every once in a blue moon winter graces us with weather so bad the college gives a whole day off, here's 10 great ways to spend yours!

1. SLEEPING IN!

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Unarguably, the best way to start your day is to not start it in the morning!

2. Catching up on homework and studying!

Lets be real, everyone could use a catch up day or 5.

3. Cleaning your room!

We all know this one isn't going to happen, but its a good thought!

4. Catching up on laundry!

There is never enough time to do this in a normal day, but MAYBE if classes are cancelled...

5. Grocery Shopping!

Impulse buys. That is all I am gonna say about that.

6. Taking a nap!

Sleep in AND take a nap? Best day ever!

7. Calling your parents/grandparents/friends!

Let someone know that you're thinking about them!

8. Sledding or ice skating!

Make the most out of the cold weather!

9. Picking up a shift at work!

I've never heard anyone complain about extra money/hours on pay day!

10. Laying in bed and watching Netflix all day long ( a series or 2)!

Netflix (or Hulu) and snacks? Can't top that!

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