Whether we accept the weather or not, it’s winter. And in Minnesota, that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. What does it mean to me? There’s five things that say “Minnesota Winter” to me:
1.) SNOWY PINES
I am so incredibly enchanted with snowy pines. There is something about the look of the golden sign light reflecting off the frosted boughs and the way some snow is just like glitter on a chilly day. I love it, and it is easily one of my favorite things about winter. These winterized beauties that I found along Cook County Highway 12 on my way to Gunflint Lodge are just about perfect.
2.) MINTY THINGS
While fall might have its pumpkin spice latte, winter always has its peppermint. Out of all the coffee flavors that can be, mint is probably my favorite. Shoot, mint is just a favorite in general. I love to big peppermint sticks—you know, the giant once that are like a foot long? Love them, love peppermint, love winter with it.
3.) WOOD FIRES
I grew up with a wood stove, and I have come to love wood heat. It is the most radiant, soul-warming, comforting heat that there is. I know it is not the most insurance-friendly option, but it is my favorite option to warm my home.
4.) SNOW DAYS
The evenings and mornings we spend as kids, watching the scrolling list of cancellations and crossing everything—fingers, toes, legs, eyes, everything—just hoping we see our school never quite leave us. Anytime anything is shifted in the schedule because of snow is most generally welcomed as an unexpected vacation day where we are fully excused from adulting and can sit back, relax, and watch the flake float down as marshmallow swim in our cocoa.
5.) MY WEIRDO DOG
Benny, my Jack Russell Terrier, has made winter that much more exiting because of how much he loves snow. And let met tell you, he LOVES it. I don’t know when he learned it, but he realized that the shovel means snow will be thrown around. Because of this, he will bark and yap at the shovel in the hopes that snow will be tossed so he can try to catch it. It’s crazy, but I love it.
What is YOUR favorite thing about winter?
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest!