It is December 21st and that means the Yuletide season has officially begun. Time for folks all over the world to celebrate Odin and his 8 legged flying horse Sleipnir while he and his army of elves delivers gifts to all the good girls and boys via chimneys.
So get yourself a Yule log, cut down a tree as per the Old Norse tradition, celebrate with friends and family by eating ham and alcohol, pull on some big thick socks, go outside and go caroling from house to house while singing Nordic songs, visit sacred groves of trees, get kissed under a Mistletoe, and all that good stuff.
Other things you can do this Winter:
The logo on the right is for Archery Biathlon, but I am sure Ullr would approve.
#2. Go snowshoeing. Because it is a lot of fun.
Below are photos of myself snowshoeing back in (I think it was) March 2016. I am looking forward to doing more snowshoeing again this winter.
#3. Icefishing. I am not sure how much exercise is involved in icefishing, but a friend of mine has been bugging me to join them for icefishing for over a year now and I would really like to try it.
#4. Join the Polar Bear Club of Toronto - People of all ages jumping in the freezing cold water, running around in the cold water, and then hanging out afterwards. It is really freezing but people sure seem to love doing it. See torontopolarbear.com
#5. Winter Archery Lessons. Yes, it is true. I do teach archery during the winter. See my archery lessons page for rates.
#6. Go for a Winter Hike in the Woods - Take the dog, friends, family, and your camera with you and get some amazing photography done. Want a great place to visit? Try the nature trails near Hilton Falls (Milton Ontario). The frozen waterfalls makes for some pretty amazing photography.
#7. Go for a Winter Hike and Go Bird Watching. You can really do this practically anywhere. Birds are surprisingly plentiful, even in the winter.
#8. Pick One of the Following
- Ice Skating
- Build Snowforts
- Make Ice Sculptures
- Winter Surfing or Windsurfing
- Icycling with Studded Tires
- Winter Jogging
- Rock/Ice Climbing
- Outdoor Axe Throwing
- Winter Winery Tours in Niagara Region
- Jet Skiing
- Sleigh Rides
- Winter Caving / Spelunking
- Snow Rafting
Truly the Norse were on the right track with their Yuletide traditions of celebrating winter.