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Monday, December 19, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Allie Boniface

Keeping Warm in Winter

Brrr! ‘Tis the season for holiday trimmings, hitting the sales, and maybe, depending on where you live, dealing with snow and frigid temperatures. If you’re a ski bunny who loves the slopes, then this is your time of year. But if you’re like me, you might find yourself longing for the warm and sultry days of summer as these dark, cold nights set in. So what’s a girl to do? Well, here are some of my own tips for keeping warm in winter:

1. Don’t underestimate the power of a warm blanket and a toasty fire – preferably together. I have a favorite blue plaid wool blanket that I only pull out on the coldest of nights. It’s super-heavy and super-warm. When I pull that over my side of the bed and snuggle underneath it, all the chills vanish. Even better: some evenings I drag it out to the loveseat in front of our woodstove and tuck myself under it to watch the flames and dream of warmer days. Works like a charm!

2. Sometimes the blanket and the fire won’t do the trick, though. What I need is a walk down memory lane. So I close my eyes and picture the hottest August day: sun blazing down from a brilliant blue sky, heat soaking into my bones, open windows at night with a still-warm breeze blowing in. Ah. That reminds me that the snow piling up outside my window is only temporary, and that hot days will indeed come again.

3. Combine memory lane with the right cocktail, and even a blizzard won’t bring down my spirits! White wine and cosmopolitans are fine in summer, but in the winter months some hot cider blended with rum, a dark, spicy red wine, or even Bailey’s in my hot cocoa spreads a lovely warmth through my veins that more than makes up for the wind trying to howl its way in.

4. Even a cocktail serves its purpose MUCH better when it’s served up with friends, though. This means that with or without alcohol, time spent with friends is another tried-and-true way to beat the winter blues. Laughter is good for the soul – it also warms it. Doesn’t really matter if you’re building a snowman, toasting your toes by the fire while you watch snowboarders on the slopes, sitting around a poker table, or watching sitcom reruns. If you’re doing it with friends by your side, you’ll find yourself ignoring the chill and warming from the inside out.

5. Friends – wonderful. Loved ones – priceless. Who better than your significant other to warm your frozen toes in bed at night or hold your hand while you watch your favorite TV reality show under your favorite blanket (see Tip #1)? And even better than a partner’s physical warmth is the amazing way that true love and affection can take your soul from cold to sizzling. Right?

6. Finally, why not treat yourself to a good book, maybe even one set in summer or a hot locale or featuring some seriously sexy main characters? You have a wonderful variety to choose from, starting right here at The Long and the Short of It. Happy reading – and keep those toes warm!

Allie Boniface is the author of five contemporary romance novels, including her most recent, Summer’s Song. She lives with her husband in the Hudson Valley, New York, and teaches high school English and Education courses when she isn’t penning her next work or making dreaming of summer days. More information can be found at or on her blog,

Allie will be giving away an autographed print copy or a download of Summer's Song (print available to US participants only, please) to one lucky commenter.


Jean P said...

Love all your suggestions for beating the winter cold and blues.
Course right now we are having unseasonably warm weather, kind of looking for a cold snap, keeps the mud the dog tracks in down *L*

skpetal at hotmail dot com

Debby said...

Great suggestions and at just the right time. Happy winter!
debby236 at gmail dot com

Cathy M said...

Loved your list, Allie, and there is nothing like that special someone, and my favorite down comforter, to warm me up on those cold nights.

happy holidays

caity_mack at yahoo dot com
Cathy m

shadow_kohler said...

Great list! Thank you! I love the cover of your book! It was the first thing that caught my attention. ;) Happy holidays!

Dawn said...

Great list..thanks for sharing..and Happy Holidays

Frank said...

That's a terrific list, Allie--nothing like a great book to lift our spirits during the chilly nights :) And if we're curled up under a blanket with a loved one while reading, well, all the better!

--flchen1, using DH's account
f dot chen at comcast dot net

VampedChik said...

Love the list! I already do most of those. :)