gratitude52, Week 49: All Things Winter

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gratitude52 (because “52 Weeks of Gratitude” is too much of a mouthful) is a year-long challenge/series on, obviously, gratitude. Read more about the challenge here and all gratitude52 posts here.

Summer may be my favorite season, but winter is a close favorite. Possibly because I don’t really have to deal with the horribleness of a true Midwestern or Northeastern winter. But also because of…

gratitude52, Week 49: All Things Winter {the ponytail diaries}


Guys. For the first time in three years, it is dumping in Lake Tahoe and I am so. stoked. I’ve gotten incredibly spoiled over the years and as much as I love snowboarding, I really only want to bother on the nice days with loads of fresh powder. I hate ice and sticky slush and honestly, if I’m paying nearly $100 to be on that mountain, conditions better be freaking perfect. So I’m very excited at the possibility of getting a couple excellent days up there when we’re in Tahoe at the end of the month. Fingers crossed for another big storm right around Christmas…

Hot chocolate

My love for this concoction knows no bounds. Especially once I discovered “fancy” hot chocolate like this stuff (I need to get some more soon) and Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate.

Winter beer

I first really discovered these delights in Denmark, where the annual release of the Tuborg Julebryg is practically a federal holiday. Danes freaking love this stuff and with good reason — it is damn tasty and, well, I can’t remember specifics about its flavor, just that it was good. The next year, I started drinking New Belgium’s 2 Below and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration and, well, now I’m thirsty. Winter ales don’t send me into the same frenzy as pumpkin beer, but I still love the short opportunity I have to enjoy them.


Speaking of Denmark…”hygge” (roughly pronounced “HOO-guh” but don’t take my word for it; my Danish accent is atrocious) is one of that not-quite-translatable words. We were told it loosely means “cozy,” but a specific type of cozy — the kind that comes from the glow of warm candlelight, good food, good drinks, and the company of wonderful friends. It’s the kind of thing you’ll know when you’re experiencing it and it’s what makes those long, cold, dark Scandinavian winters bearable.

What are your favorite parts of winter?