We’ve all seen those movies when a couple strolls through a beautiful winter scene holding hands and singing about their love for each other, a rosy glow on their cheeks. While these scenes are entertaining, the reality is that they are actors who are most likely strolling through fake snow in a studio in California. For those of us who take our strolls in the reality of a Nebraska winter, whether it’s to feed livestock or walk the kids to the bus stop, we rarely sing and we’re certainly not dancing (unless hopping from one foot to the other in an attempt to manufacture some body heat counts as dancing.)
Given the reality of the Nebraska winters, we’re more than willing to throw fashion out the door and do what it takes to survive in the wind and snow. Layering is a must and a good pair of boots with adequate traction will not only keep your feet from getting wet while scooping snow but will help prevent falls. A winter coat, gloves and a scarf will also keep you comfortable while you brave the elements. Coats made of nylon, polyester or water-proof fabric will protect you from moisture while an inner layer of wool or fleece (think cozy sweater) will help insulate your body.
If you’ve ever been called hot-headed, it’s true. Heat escapes through our heads, so a knitted hat will help you maintain a more comfortable body temperature. And don’t forget to cover your ears; they aren’t naturally prepared for cold weather, so keep them tucked under your hat or under a pair of ear muffs. Plus, if someone is busy telling you how hot-headed you are, you can just ignore them and blame it on your ear coverings.
Our fingers and toes are also vulnerable when it comes to the biting cold. Waterproof gloves with extra padding are the best way to go and a thick pair of wool socks will keep your toes from complaining. And if you do find yourself holding hands with someone special while you take in the beauty of the season, you won’t have to worry about sweaty palms. It’s a win-win for everyone.