Love Winter A Little More

Light, warmth and love can counteract those long nights.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin
2 min readNov 18, 2021
Photo 142840059 / Winter Norway © Surachet Khamsuk | Dreamstime.com

To my fellow U.S. dwellers: however short the days feel right now, consider the Norwegians. Their days have ended shortly after 4 p.m. for weeks now. I hear countless people here complain about how early it gets dark, but unless you suffer from a disorder that’s directly worsened by less daylight, I think your complaining might ease if you took a different approach to winter, similar to how they do it in Norway. (I have great sympathy to those who do manage mood disorders exacerbated by short days.)

You know how cozy it feels when it’s dark and cold outside, but you’re in a warm, well-lit place with friends or family you enjoy? Maybe that’s Thankgiving or Christmas or whatever winter holiday you celebrate. Those days feel like the perfect reason to focus on your favorite people. You spend that time with your favorite food and drink indulgences, and maybe you play games or do other indoor activities you enjoy when it’s cold.

Remember your favorite winter days and then imagine extending that feeling of coziness and closeness through the entire winter season. That’s what Norwegians do. The way we relish those few special winter holidays, they relish the whole winter season, spending extra time with their favorite people, enjoying the indoor activities there…

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Regina Rodríguez-Martin

Mexican American. Chicagoan. Generation X. Relishes questions of human behavior. Nobody’s mother and nobody’s wife. Blog: https://www.reginachicana.com.