Winter Woolies (acrylic ink) by Lisa Graa Jensen

8 Sure Signs Winter is Here

There’s no denying the freezing cold weather now; as temperatures continue to plummet across North America and most of Europe, it can only mean one thing… Winter is most definitely here!

Officially, the meteorological winter begins on the 1st of December, while the astronomical winter will start this year on the 21st of December, at 11:48pm EST.

To prepare yourself for the season, here are eight key signs of winter to look out for in the weeks ahead:

1.  You start drowning yourself in cozy layers

Calvin Klein Magazine Advert, 1980s; © The Advertising Archives
Calvin Klein Magazine Advert, 1980s; © The Advertising Archives

Technically it’s fashion forward as you have a new outfit change every time you go inside.

2. Staying indoors all weekend becomes more acceptable and a whole lot more tempting…

After the ball (oil on canvas) by Ramon Casas i Carbo, Museu de Montserrat, Abadia de Montserrat, Spain
After the ball (oil on canvas) by Ramon Casas i Carbo, Museu de Montserrat, Abadia de Montserrat, Spain

Netflix, hot chocolate, hot water bottle (and chill).

3. The high street becomes a mesmerizing yet dangerous place

Leadenhall Market, London (w/c on paper) by Judy Joel
Leadenhall Market, London (w/c on paper) by Judy Joel

The lights are blinding and every shopper’s got that crazy look in their eye.

4. Supermarkets and eateries start stocking hearty, wholesome winter grub

The Gourmand (oil on canvas) by Louis Leopold Boilly
The Gourmand (oil on canvas) by Louis Leopold Boilly

5. And y’know, you can eat a whole lot more as you need those calories to keep warm!

Left: Portrait of Daniel Lambert (1770-1809) (oil on canvas), Marshall, Benjamin (1767-1835) / New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK / Photo © Leicester Arts & Museums Right: Pantagruel's meal, from 'Pantagruel' by Francois Rabelais , engraving by Dore, Gustave Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
Left: Portrait of Daniel Lambert, Marshall, Benjamin / New Walk Museum  © Leicester Arts & Museums
Right: Pantagruel’s meal, from ‘Pantagruel’ by Francois Rabelais , engraving by Gustave Dore, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

6. The skies start getting darker and the stars shine brighter

Starry snow, Greenwich Park, 2008 (acrylic on cardboard) by Fiona Bell-Currie
Starry snow, Greenwich Park, 2008 (acrylic on cardboard) by Fiona Bell-Currie

7. You get that niggling urge to visit family and friends

XIR33782 Reunion at the Home of Madame Adolphe Brisson, 1893 by Marcel Andre Baschet, Chateau de Versailles, France
Reunion at the Home of Madame Adolphe Brisson, 1893 by Marcel Andre Baschet, Chateau de Versailles, France

Aka a family reunion is organised and you have to attend.

8. And if you’re very lucky, you might even see some snow

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Green Islands, 1954, part 6 – London park covered in snow, snowball fights / London Metropolitan Archives, City of London / Bridgeman Footage

Look out for kangaroos and deer as well…

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