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Published November 21st 2012
Don't be a grinch, read these tips and enjoy the season
It's that time of year again. Rather than hibernating grumpily through this winter season, here are a few tips to survive and enjoy winter in London:
Hats, scarves, gloves, and cosy warm socks do wonders to curing a disease that I'm officially making up right now, called "Human Icicle Syndrome." This dire affliction can be self-diagnosed at that moment where your fingers feel ready to snap off and your feet feel as if they've been buried in a mound of Antarctica's freshest snow. Treat yourself to some new winter accessories that you'll love and will actually enjoy wearing, and you can combat this seasonal syndrome in style. Maybe browse for new winter items at one of London's markets like Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane, where you'll find a huge selection of scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, and socks, and can bargain for the price you want to pay.
Make these kids from 'A Christmas Story' your role models
2. Hot Drinks
Even if you're craving a cold beverage, your hands and soul will thank you for choosing something hot instead. Mulled wine is popular this season, as is hot chocolate, hot tea, or hot coffee. Visit the Christmas Market at the South Bank for some unique options like an orange or mint flavoured hot chocolate. Walking around town with a hot drink will warm up your cold hands and offer a soothing contrast to the cold rain, snow, or wind you may be facing on the outside.
3. Get Some Christmas Spirit
Whether or not you actually celebrate Christmas, the charm and excitement around London for the holiday season is pretty magical. Go see the lights and decorations around London, including Covent Garden, Oxford Street, and Regent Street for some seasonal beauty that you won't find any other time of the year. Get excited about buying gifts for your loved ones, and take this opportunity to be creative about where you go and what you buy. All around London you'll find markets that sell original art, authentic antiques, and homemade jewelry and clothing-- go explore one or five in search of the perfect meaningful gift.
If you're outside and start to feel numbness crawling through your fingers and toes, get off the bench and go for a jog! Walking is better than sitting, running is better than walking. Whether you're with friends or alone, staying active will keep your body warm and is good exercise, too. Don't sit still and wait until the icicles form in your hair-- get on the move and create your own heat.
5. Buy a Onesie
How could you be cold if you're wearing one of these? Admittedly not the best choice for walking the streets, but coming home and slipping on a onesie while drinking your hot tea can be a perfect recovery from a cold day. This Christmas themed onesie is £30 at River Island, but you can find them for cheaper at a few other stores.
When in doubt, get out. If you're completely bummed by the cold weather, remember you're only a few hours a way from a warm beach somewhere else in Europe. If you want to plan a budget vacation, try sites like Expedia that will help you find the cheapest flights and hotels in your chosen destination. If a vacation isn't a possibility, make your own summer paradise by pumping up the heat and having a summer themed party with your friends.