24 Things About Winter Every New Englander Knows To Be True

Winter’s finally arrived, but it’s nothing a true New Englander can’t handle. Enjoy everything there is to love about this amazing season — and amazing part of the country —and let Omni-Heat™ by Columbia Sportswear keep you warm through it all.

1. You’re more likely to ride a toboggan than a sled.

Maine is home to the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.

2. You think Boston looks prettiest after a fresh snowfall.

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3. You’d never skip out on plans just because the “T” was down.

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4. You’ve spent a winter afternoon with the penguins at the New England Aquarium.

5. You compare every storm to the Blizzard of ‘78.

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…even if you weren’t alive in ‘78.

See the whole video here.

6. You equally fear and hope for the mighty Nor’easter.

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7. You know it’s not a real winter until the Charles River freezes over.

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8. You argue with family over whose turn it is to fire up the snowblowah.

9. Snow never gets in the way of life unless you can’t get your car out of the driveway.

10. Because if you can get the car out, you know you can drive through three feet of snow like it’s nothing.

11. If you’re from Connecticut, you grew up waiting anxiously to hear if Dr. Mel the Meteorologist would report weather bad enough to close schools.

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12. And it would take a legit BLIZZARD for schools to close down.

13. You’ve reconnected with hearty colonial ancestors at Old Sturbridge Village.

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14. Your house has a “mud room” for changing out of your boots and snow clothes.

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And by the middle of winter, it’s covered in mud.

15. Everything in winter is better with spiced apple cider.

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And using a cinnamon stick as a straw.

16. And on the darkest and coldest days, Dunkin’ Donuts is a shining beacon of hope.

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17. You have a deeper appreciation of Rudolph, because you visited real reindeer farms as a kid.

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Like this one in Vermont.

18. If the Pats can play football in the snow, so can you.

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Winter belongs to the Patriots.

19. In recent years, you caught an outdoor hockey game at “Frozen Fenway.”

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20. You’d go on “family ski vacations,” even if no one in your family knew how to ski.

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Hanging out at the ski lodge was the best part.

21. And if you did ski, you made the most out of tiny ski hills.

22. There’s no better form of winter travel in New England than Amtrak.

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The views are breathtaking.

23. And you embrace every opportunity to leave cities and connect with New England nature.

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24. It doesn’t get better than winter in New England.

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