Recently I read a bit about "hygge" and since it has given me a whole new way of thinking about the season.
Hygge, (pronounced "hooga") is a Danish word that means coziness.
It's a warm, sociable feeling that comes to the fore in autumn and winter and that, for Danes, is one of the highest states to which humans can aspire.
Wool sweaters, hats with earflaps, blazing log fires, strong ales in old wood-paneled bars and candles galore, even at breakfast, all conjure "hygge."
So this year instead of focusing on the cold, darkness and brown landscapes, I'll think about more candles, friends and creating a cozy environment.
Check out this NPR article about hygge if you want to learn more.