Winter is well known for being the coldest and darkest season of the year. While summer promises long, bright days, warm weather, and—of course—summer vacation, winter is often associated with disease, short days, and a lot of schoolwork and exams. However, each season brings something unique with its arrival—including winter.
New York City offers a lot of activities that embrace and celebrate this season, one of them being ice skating. Whether in Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, or Prospect Park, ice skating rinks are open to professionals and beginners alike. This is also an efficient and exciting way to stay active during the winter months, especially as people start to stay indoors more often due to the weather. Other sports that are ideal for winter include skiing and snowboarding—both good ways to take advantage of the snow.
It is important to remember that without winter, we wouldn’t have holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. During this joyous time, people give gifts to those they love and spend more time with each other. Taking a walk outside becomes a magical experience, with the bright colored lights on Christmas trees shining through the windows of decorated houses. Every child feels as though they’ve been transported to the North Pole, especially after seeing a brightly lit deer standing on their neighbor's lawn. Christmas music can be heard playing in stores and through car windows. Movies, such as Home Alone, seem to stream on every television channel and platform, retelling a childhood favorite. People all around the world unite in their love for these holidays.
While these are only a few reasons to consider winter as a worthy candidate for the best season of the year, they definitely deserve to be acknowledged. Winter often goes by unnoticed by those waiting for summer to come. However, I believe that we should all enjoy and take in the pleasures that these few months have to offer.