We already know what you’re thinking: winter sucks. And on the surface we’re inclined to agree with you. After all, you might not see sunlight for nine straight days, need to own a separate set of tires dedicated solely to snow driving, and have likely lost at least a portion of one appendage because you decided not to wear gloves or warm-enough socks. But we’re here to remind you that there’s more to winter than just eternal darkness, annoying extra tires, and frostbite-inducing cold.
In fact, in Minnesota at least, these 13 reasons make it pretty goddamn worth it, so stop the hibernating that we know you've already started.
We get snow days
In most places, when nature prevents an entire populous from going to work and/or school, it’s bad news -- fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, a superfloodfirecanequake! -- but in Minnesota, it’s a big white blanket of happiness all over town the night before. Sure, you might have to spend some time shoveling, but you can actually do a million cool activities -- sledding, skiing, snowfort-making, snowball fights, drinking inside -- during the rest of your heaven-sent day off.
And a lengthy respite from mowing the lawn
You know what sucks? Mowing the lawn. You know what doesn’t suck? Not mowing the lawn from November to April.
The three other seasons
Sure, places like San Diego get all uppity about having goddamn gorgeous weather 365 days a year, but you know what perpetually being 72 and sunny leads to? Total boredom and probably skin cancer, problems that, thanks to winter, the keystone in our seasonal arch, we do not have here in Minnesota.