8 reasons why we should embrace the darker evenings


Yes, we can no longer sit here in denial – winter is coming. Already, the coats are on, central heating debates have started, and Netflix subscriptions are at an all-time high. Well, things are about to get a whole lot darker, as the clocks go back on the 29th of this month. Hooray for that extra hour in bed, not so much for the lack of daylight that follows. Like all sensible animals, it is natural to want to hibernate in this period. However, us humans don’t have that option. So, instead, we wanted to remind you that colder days and darker evenings aren’t all that bad (and, actually, it may be a case of you snooze, you lose)… 

1. Goodbye salads, hello comfort food
Remember the smell of a home-cooked shepherd’s pie crisping in the oven, the sound of a chicken casserole bubbling on the hob. Remember the joys of bangers and mash, cheesy pasta bakes and hearty pies. I don’t think you’ll need persuading, but, go on, throw away those salads, it’s time for some proper comfort food. Topped off, obviously, with some apple crumble and custard for dessert.

2. Hot beverages with a twist
As if we needed an excuse, tis the season for a hot cuppa. But not just any old cuppa. Think hot chocolate with a shot of baileys, eggnog lattes and, of course, mulled wine. Whether you go to Starbucks or a Christmas market, the winter tipple choices are endless. Excellent news for your cold hands.

3. The wonders of a woolly jumper
If you’ve already hit the above two points a little hard, do not fear, woolly jumpers are here. This miracle of a clothing item does wonders for hiding any excess weight, as well as keeping you snug. The ultimate winter wardrobe staple.

4. Guilt-free binge-watching
You may have already noticed the sudden rise in great TV – the return of Strictly, Cold Feet and Victoria, plus newcomers like Liar and Electric Dreams. Netflix, too, is bringing back The Crown for its second series this December. This all means you have lots to talk to your friends about, without having to leave the comfort of your sofa. Hurrah!

5. Cosy pubs with open fires
Saying that, we suggest you do venture outside at some point, if only to go as far as the local pub. Enjoying a Sunday roast, sat next to a crackling open fire, you’ll wonder why you didn’t come out before.

6. Leafy, autumnal walks
Now you’re out and about, this is the perfect time of year for a walk. The trees are changing colour, the leaves crunch beneath your feet and, if you live in London, you may be lucky enough to see parakeets fly around you. Plus, you’ll burn off that roast in no time.

7. Bonfires and fireworks
Without darker evenings, we wouldn’t be able to have fireworks. And without fireworks, Bonfire Night would lose its sparkle. So come November 5th, we suggest you wrap up and head for the biggest bonfire you can find, toffee apple or sparkler in hand.

8. Festive cheer
Unless you’re an Ebenezer Scrooge, we’ve hopefully saved the best until last. Advent calendars, mince pies, carols, and a very generous bearded gentleman delivering gifts…yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With 76 days to go, I think you’re entitled to get a little excited.

None of the above helped to lift your mood? Don’t worry, we can help you book a holiday and get away from it all. Just get in touch at www.timpi.co.uk and you’ll be swapping mulled wine for margaritas in no time. 

Dylan Winn-Brown