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11/10/2013 09:41 am ET

19 Reasons Why We're Pumped For Winter

As the true suckiness of daylight savings sets in, and our winter time blues slowly amps up, we wanted to take a second to remind ourselves that winter isn't all that bad.

Snow is beautiful when it falls, it's totally normal to drink hot chocolate on a regular basis and visiting family (can be) really enjoyable.

Herewith, some other reasons we're pumped for the loneliest season.

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    Because our favorite European cities and sights look so much prettier covered in snow. Exhibit A: Paris (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Exhibit B: St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi)
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    Exhibit C: Stonehenge (AP Photo/PA, Chris Ison)
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    Exhibit D: A rare Roman snowfall. (AP Photo/Alberto Pellaschiar)
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    Exhibit E: Corsica. (PASCAL POCHARD-CASBIANCA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Exhibit F: Amsterdam. Get it yet? (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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    Ski season...and (more importantly), apres-ski season!
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    Polar Bear clubs! (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Christmas Markets!! Like this one in Moscow... (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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    ...Or Prague. MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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    ...Or Madrid. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
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    You can basically live The Polar Express and travel from Williams, Ariz. and to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon through January, all the while listening to the holiday classic while sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies. How awesome is that?
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    When it gets so cold that you can ice skate on canals, like the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)
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    Or this place in the northern Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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    It happens in North America, too, like in Chicago and Boston, and this one in Montreal.
  • Escape the holiday season--or post holiday blues--and head to a cabin in the woods for some scenic solitude...
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    ...Meanwhile beach vacations have never been needed more to beat the cold weather. (CYRIL FOLLIOT/AFP/Getty Images)
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    The beginning of 'acqua alta,' which affects Venice in fall and winter. It's a total nuisance, but oh so pretty in an odd way. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)
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    And if you hate winter, hey, there's always Mardi Gras, which unofficially starts the march towards spring. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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