Five ways to love January
Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 11:51 p.m.
January is a time to sigh.
No holiday gift-giving pressure. No greeting cards to get into the mail. No office parties to fret over.
Sure, you could move on to tackling your New Year's diet, or start your spring cleaning early by facing down that lump of coats on the floor of the front hall closet, or even spend some time mastering the new MP3 player you found under the tree.
But first, breathe. No big goals, no major challenges.
These cold bright days and long dark nights offer a calm quiet like no other time of year. Stop. Enjoy it. Here's how:
Crawl under that big down comforter and feel the sheets change from icy cold to cozy warm. Drift off to sleep, ready to rise early with the pale winter sun and greet whatever the next day brings.
And somehow, no matter how cold it is outside, the winters centuries ago always seem colder (recall the carriages traveling through the snow from a dinner party in "Emma"). So bring an afghan and hot pot of Earl Grey tea along with your book to your favorite reading chair. Dive in.
Try a traditional recipe that requires your hands; or just use the one that came with your electric mixer. The magic moment when you peek into your mixing bowl to find that the hard fist of flour and water has bloomed into an air-filled puff of almost-bread will be no less sweet. And the moment when it emerges from the oven a few hours later will be even better.
Make a centerpiece of pinecones and branches from the now wilting Christmas tree. Put away the Christmas carols and play some jazz. Drink an inexpensive shiraz. Toast to the spring that is to come.
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