Everyone November, like clockwork, the days get darker earlier and every year, like clock work, it feels like totally new phenomenon.
Whenever I need advice for dealing with the darker colder months I look to my trusty Scandinavian ancestors. If I learned anything from the Swedes it was that candles solve everything. Feeling sad: light a candle. Feeling happy: light two candles. Having a party: light all the candles you can feasibly fit into your home without burning it down. Accidentally burn your home down at said party: promise yourself not to drink so much at your next party, obtain new home and light a candle!
So it felt only fitting to light some candles, put them in my Orrefors raspberry votives, and start reading (want to read a book: light a candle). The book North: How to Live Scandinavian is a helpful and humorous book on all things Scandinavian. For my purposes today I was most interested in Bronte’s advice for surviving darkness which I will summarize for you now:
- Acceptance- instead of fighting the darkness accept this as your reality and you guessed it, it helps to light candles!
- Get together with friends – Darkness is best endured with others so gather your friends and have some fun. My favorite winter activities include game and movie nights. Cozy dinner parties at home are also great fun!
- Get Outside – You still need fresh air and exercise, so bundle up and get out there!
Don’t feel like you have to grin (or grimace) and bear it the next few months. Make the most of the winter months Maybe even create some new traditions you can think of fondly in the warmer months. The days may be darker, but your life should still be filled with light, and candles, did I mention the candles?