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Winter Wonderland

Students share why winter is their favorite time of the year

by Published: Nov 20, 2013

This year, Dec. 21 marks the first day of winter, but it feels a lot sooner as Big Rapids residents expect snowfall in the weeks to come. However, this doesn’t stop the outdoor fun for all. The winter season offers many outdoor activities such as making snowmen, snow forts, sledding, ice skating, snowboarding and skiing. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

This year, Dec. 21 marks the first day of win­ter, but it feels a lot sooner as Big Rapids res­i­dents expect snow­fall in the weeks to come. However, this doesn’t stop the out­door fun for all. The win­ter sea­son offers many out­door activ­i­ties such as mak­ing snow­men, snow forts, sled­ding, ice skat­ing, snow­board­ing and ski­ing.
Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Winter is a time to get together with friends and fam­ily in an effort to cre­ate new mem­o­ries and cel­e­brate old traditions.

Every year, when they wake to the first big snow­fall, kids will rush out­side to build the first snow­men and snow forts of the year, or pos­si­bly to chuck a few snowballs.

The rest of us will get a chance to reflect on our mem­o­ries of doing those very same things, per­haps sip­ping some freshly made hot choco­late with those lit­tle marsh­mal­lows, of course.

“I miss being young and play­ing with my brother out in the snow on snow days. Making snow forts and mazes was the best,” pre-physical ther­apy senior Nyssa Swanson said. “We would also have epic snow­ball wars with other kids in our neighborhood.”

Ferris mar­ket­ing sopho­more Alexis Huntey also recalls mem­o­ries with her sib­lings many win­ters ago.

“I can remem­ber sled­ding with my broth­ers and sis­ter down my aunt’s big hill and my grandpa pulling us back up the hill with his snow mobile, Huntey said. “My brother had to save me from going into a ditch slid­ing down a hill that year.”

For pub­lic rela­tions junior Kaitlyn Baase, sled­ding is not some­thing she takes lightly.

“When I was in high school, my friends and I would have sled wars,” Baase said. “Your mis­sion is to run each other over with sleds. It was really fun and competitive.”

She even men­tioned a time where they put but­ter on the bot­tom of their sleds to make them go faster.

Sports mar­ket­ing junior Josh Sweedyk still braves the cold each win­ter for his love of ice fishing.

“My favorite thing to do dur­ing the win­ter is ice fish­ing,” Sweedyk said. “It is def­i­nitely harder to ice fish than reg­u­lar open water fish­ing, but it is that chal­lenge that makes it fun.”

His love of the sport has even turned into an annual tradition.

“I hold a week­end ice fish­ing trip at my cot­tage up north with my friends,” Sweedyk said. “We have been doing it for 5 years now, and it is an extremely fun time.”

Some don’t appre­ci­ate the cold weather each win­ter brings and pre­fer to enjoy the sea­son curled up inside.

“My favorite thing to do in the win­ter is put on really warm PJ’s, drink hot choco­late and watch corny Christmas movies,” Baase said. “It really gets me excited for the holidays.”

For Huntey, fam­ily tra­di­tions are a strong sign of the win­ter sea­son. Each year, the women in her fam­ily get together to bake cook­ies around the holidays.

Swanson also shares a love of bak­ing around this time of year.

“This is going to make me sound like an old lady, but I love bak­ing and cro­chet­ing,” Swanson said. “This is some­thing my mom and I always used to do when I lived at home, and it’s some­thing that I like to do at col­lege when I’m think­ing of her.”