There’s no doubt that we are going through some weird times with a pandemic and the measures to prevent it. And as if that wasn’t enough, the winter of 2021 has arrived, bringing sub-zero temperatures and icy winds along with it. The dark, cold days make it tough to stay positive as all we want is to snuggle up on the couch at home with Netflix and comforting [add here any food that makes us fat].
However, once a beautiful sheet of snow is added to this freezing mix, we often find our feelings of bitterness transform into ones of pure joy. Whether you choose to play in the snowfall or appreciate it through a frosty window, there’s no denying that it refreshes our jaded minds as we see the world in a different way. It makes us take a step back from the routine and take time for once, to drink warm delicious bisschopswijn and build a snowman.
But why do we love the snow so much?
1. Snow brings out the inner child
Kids love snow and the older we get the more we realise that being a kid is actually the most magical time of our lives. Also, some of us have happy childhood memories of playing in the snow, so when we see those fat, fluffy flakes twirling from the sky, these memories kick in and we feel happy. Playing in, riding on, and throwing snow at each other helps us remember that magic but with the added appreciation of adulthood.
2. Snow is soft
Everyone knows making mistakes is a key part of learning anything. On skis or a snowboard this usually means falling on your face and/or butt. Falling is how you get better but snow beats concrete, gravel or dirt every time.
3. Snow makes everything beautiful
Take some dead trees, a bunch of gross mud, even a broken down car and add a few inches of fresh white snow: Instant postcard! Add fresh snow to an already stunning park or to ginger-bread-like Dutch houses and you have a fairy tale.
4. Snow is water
And we are 60% water. Science suggests moving water produces negative ions and negative ions produce positive vibes. This is one of the reasons that frolicking in a pile of snow feels awesome.
5. Snow is zen
Even if you aren’t into that sort of thing I challenge you to stare up at falling snow for five minutes and see if your mind doesn’t relax and zone out. And who’s mind couldn’t use a couple more minutes of rest these days? Even in our most stressful moments, a fresh snowfall maintains an almost supernatural power to calm us down – mind, body and soul.
6. It brings us into present moment
There’s nothing like being the first to leave footprints in a fresh layer of snow to connect you with your surroundings. Taking a deep breath of the cool air, noticing how the scent of it has changed and allowing your vision to be consumed by the clean scene of white makes any other thought or worry effortlessly fall away, leaving you with just your body and the snow.
7. It brings people together
Being out in the snow makes people smile to each other or makes strangers throw a snowball in your face. And instead of getting annoyed by it, you laugh your heart out and throw a snowball back at them. And there is this shared, unspoken feeling of joy. And after a long day of sledding and snowball fights, there’s nothing better than cuddling up on the couch with a special someone and a mug of warm Dutch bisschopswijn (click here for the story and the recipe) – and yes, that can mean your pet, too.
8. It reminds us of the beauty in nature
The vast white space and dusted trees have the amazing ability to leave us feeling enchanted to the point where we simply can’t take our eyes off the landscape before us. We notice every little detail, from the first bird to leave its nest to the lonely flower and the grass that is covered in calming white powder.
9. Its time is limited
Perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects of snow’s existence is that it’s not meant to stay forever. Temperatures rise, the ground starts to thaw, and our normal world reveals itself coming out of that white blanket.
So my darling friends, enjoy the snow while it lasts!
P.S. The photos and the Kenaupark video are taken by me, in Haarlem, on the glorious snowy days of the 7th and 8th February 2021.
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