"Of course you can't be outside that long in the cold months, but if you dress properly you can be outside for a long time in the winter," she said, adding that we can look for ways to do this outdoors be active with guests. "It helps when you move around. It's a little harder when you're sitting with a glass of wine."
Ms. McGurk is a proponent of friluftsliv, a Scandinavian concept (pronounced FREE-loofts-liv) that requires enjoying nature all year round. To take a vacation like Thanksgiving outside, we need to adjust our expectations. We may not be able to serve a full turkey meal with all of the ingredients, but we could certainly eat by the fire together. Ms. McGurk suggests wearing thermal underwear, pulling out some blankets, and serving hot items like stew or hot cocoa. "This could be an opportunity to create some new traditions," she said. "Try a funky Thanksgiving meal outdoors, maybe thank nature."
Marissa Lovell, 27, a freelance writer based in Boise, Idaho, adjusted her expectations for Halloween. She spent the summer worrying that her favorite vacation would be canceled. In early September, she and her pioneer friend Brian Downs, 26, had already decorated the interior of their 700-square-foot vacation home with seasonal dishes and creepy artwork on the walls. At the beginning of October they had placed gravestones in the front yard and a giant spider on the roof. "We feel Halloween the same way other people feel about Christmas," she said.
Knowing that they couldn't bring guests into the house, they decided to invite 10 friends to their garden instead. With a temperature forecast of 36 degrees, Ms. Lovell laid out stacks of blankets for people to use when they felt cold. She ordered pizzas and made seats out of wooden pallets, which she covered with pillows, and arranged them around her stone fireplace. She told guests to dress up but choose them wisely. "It's not the time to be a Playboy bunny," said Ms. Lovell, who had dressed up as a devil in a red vintage robe on a red bodysuit. (Mr. Downs was a werewolf.) The final guests left after midnight.
The night "was better than I had hoped," said Ms. Lovell, who would normally have gone to a Halloween concert. "It was a bright spot of 2020."
Once we've learned something from the summer outdoors, our social life is more weather dependent than ever. But as we head into the winter months, Scott Haas, the author of Why Be Happy? The Japanese Way of Acceptance “suggests that instead of looking at a raw, bleak day as a source of disappointment, we should seize the moment and watch the fog fall on the trees. "You have to adapt to the situation," he said.
And if we want to see each other on days when the weather doesn't cooperate, we have to put on enough layers to achieve this. "Either we'll say, 'Oh my god, I'll be stuck inside all winter," or we'll do something else, "said Mr Haas.