Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Some people say January is the most depressing month of the year, but we think you can find little pockets of loveliness in even the most dismal winter day. Here are some of our favourite things about January:

  1. The crunch of frost under your feet as you venture out in the early morning.
  2. Wrapping up warm in winter woollies! We love that cosy feeling of heading out for a winter walk, swaddled up in cosy gloves, scarf and hat.
  3. Contrary to what you might think, it’s a lovely time for bird-watching. OK, so some species have headed south for the winter, but the ones that remain are much easier to spot and identify at this time of year when the leaves are bare of leaves.
  4. Splashing in puddles! If you’ve really got the January blues, pop on your wellies and head to the woods for a bit of childishness. It’s even more satisfying if there’s a thin layer of ice on the top of the puddle which cracks when you step on it.
  5. Curling up in front of an open fire, preferably with a great book.
  6. Puddings! Of course, it’s theoretically possible to enjoy bread and butter pudding or apple crumble and custard in the summer, but it’s really not the same.
  7. Chinese New Year. A brilliant explosion (literally — there’s always plenty of fireworks!) of sound and colour to brighten up a dull February day. This year it’s on 3 February.
  8. Snow! Yes, of course it’s frustrating when you can’t get out and about, but that moment when you open the curtains to find an eerily silent, white world really is magical.
  9. Winter warmers! When Jack Frost’s been nibbling at your fingers, you can’t beat a warm mug of something comforting, whether that’s soup, hot chocolate or cordial made up with hot water. If you really want to indulge yourself, try our spicy Hot Toddy recipe, made with our Apple & Ginger Cordial and a good slug of Scotch whisky!

    And if you’re just not convinced, there’s always:

  10. Looking forward to spring! Keep an eye out for snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils — all sure signs that winter won’t last forever.