Minnesota is my beloved home state. I’ve lived here all of my life and I see myself living here for the foreseeable future. Both my husband and I grew up in this wonderful state (only a mile from each other!) and every year I’m reminded again and again about what I love about the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’.
For starters, I enjoy the four distinct seasons every year. I can’t say that one is my favorite because I genuinely enjoy every single one. Whether it’s looking forward to spring and seeing the new buds on the trees, or summer where we spend our time on the lakes, autumn is wonderful because of the bonfires with friends.
And that leaves us with winter.
I think winter gets a bad reputation in the upper Midwest, and by now I am used to seeing people’s faces when I tell them that I love winter. They have a mix of shock, concern, and (mostly) annoyance. They honestly cannot believe that I would enjoy being cold, the shorter days, and the wind that can cut right through you. While I don’t actually like those things, I DO know that you can have a wonderful winter season if you prepare correctly. I make sure to layer my clothing properly, hot chocolate becomes a lovely daily ritual, and I look forward to doing the events that I can only do in winter. Skiing, tubing, and hockey games are things I can’t do any other time of year and I love that I get to live in a place where that’s possible.
Candles are also very necessary. I own a ton of candles but I don’t burn them as often during the warmer months. When the daylight ends around 4 pm and you have to drive home in the dark, having some warm candlelight just makes your whole home feels cozy. What’s more appealing than watching a movie with friends or a loved one while your whole home seems to be alive with the beautiful glow of candlelight? Nothing, that’s what.
I don’t know what the future will bring, but I hope to still be in this wonderful state of mine, and I look forward to many more winters to come.