The Bright Side of Winter

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” is not a phrase that appeals to me. I love Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I want it to look like Christmas. The snow and gloom that comes with the winter season is something I can live without.

Since I grew up in the desert valley of Arizona and spent two years of my quote/unquote “independent life” on the tropical islands of the Philippines, I have been lucky enough to avoid experiencing too many winters, but in the few winters I have experienced during my college years in Utah, I have come to learn a few life principles:

  1. Seasonal depression is an actual thing.
  2. People become worse versions of themselves during the winter.
  3. Having a good semester of college during the winter is about as likely as Eva Longoria actually eating the Lays chips she so happily advertises.
Eva Longoria

There’s no way this woman actually eats chips!!!

But I just have one winter semester left during my undergraduate career, so I’m going to try to make it a good one.

There are some good things about winter… right? I guess my birthday is technically in winter, so the celebration of my birth should be enough to make winter the best time of year. Then again, March (my birthday month) is horrible for a student at BYU (where I’m currently attending college) because you literally get no breaks except for the weekends. So what else is there? Well, there’s Christmas–the best holiday of the year, in my opinion! Then again, winter is also the time of the year when we are forced to endure the worst holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day. And that’s not even an opinion, that’s a fact.

I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with the winter season. Here are some of the more positive aspects of winter (and the snow/cold in general) that I can think of. I might be grasping at straws in some cases, but give me a break… this is a bleak topic that I’m covering!

Lying Under the Christmas Tree


(If you have never experienced the relaxation of lying under a lit-up Christmas tree, you should try it! If the ground beneath your tree is too covered with presents to be able to lie under the tree, then get over it–that’s what we call a first-world problem.)

And speaking of Christmas…


(Christmas lights are always nice to look at, even in the cold)

And if you’re going to venture out in the cold to see the Christmas lights, you should bring some…


(HOT CHOCOLATE! Especially if you have a friend who happens to make ridiculously delicious hot chocolate out of mystery ingredients, one of which you hope is not some sort of laxative…)

Also keep in mind that, if there was no such thing as the cold, penguins would not be able to exist!


(And a world without penguins is not a world worth living in. So winter might be evil, but it is a necessary evil. For the penguins.)

Deer (both the normal and the rein-variety) enjoy frolicking in the snow, and capturing photos of them is great fun.


(Why did the deer cross the road??? That’s right, I went there.)

Dogs also like playing in the snow. And when you catch them in the act, you get gifs like this:


(Which melts even my frozen heart.)

And speaking of frozen hearts, some of Disney’s best plot-lines have come from the idea of an eternal winter.


(As much as I love these movies, I am not in any hurry to experience an eternal winter anytime soon.)

And until the winter ends, we might as well get some cool pictures…