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the northern hemisphere, at least, weíre stuck in the dead of winter.
And if your thermometer reads anything close to what mine does, you
probably donít need to be reminded of that. Right about mid-January, I
tend to find myself in a state of post-holiday numbness. Each day seems
the same, and I wonder when Iíll ever feel the warmth of the sun
again. Rather than fight the elements, I tend to give in. You might be
familiar with the form of surrender Iím talking about Ė itís
These days, a common scenario
is this: get home from work, shovel something hot into my face, and
settle into the folds of my comfy couch with a stack of library books,
letters to write, the remote control, or all of the above. A bowl of
pistachios is never out of armís reach. In bed by ten. Cozy, yes, but
all in all, a very isolated way to be, despite the strong, sleepy allure
of giving into winter.
This lifestyle lacks
something. Other people! Even knowing this, however, I donít think
itís uncommon in the Ďdead monthsí of winter to want to opt out of
having major plans, for going out entails having to drive in
unpredictable elements, bundle up in lumpy layers, face the wind chill,
for heavenís sake!
So why not make people come to
you? Here are three ideas for low-key, comfy gatherings thatíll
make sure you and your friends wonít become totally isolated. And no
one has to get dressed up, either.