From where I sit in my living room, I can see our snowy backyard – and yes, our snowy coop where our hens are happily pecking at the snow and ruffling their feathers for warmth. Yesterday was the first snow day in Oklahoma and my husband and I truly made the most of it. We cooked a delicious breakfast together, played 6 rounds of Yahtzee, drank hot tea and spent time with our chickens, messed around with cocktail recipes and more. But the real crowning glory of the day was going to see A Christmas Carol. In 2020, companies of all kinds have had to figure out how to do things differently and theater companies are no exception. Our local theater, Lyric, found a unique way to still go forward with their 10th anniversary production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Instead of indoors on a stage, Lyric found a beautiful property with multiple Victorian homes and barns on it and was able to create a walk-around experience where (grouped in small groups and distanced from other groups) you get to walk around the property with the actors while they perform the play. Honestly, it was so much better having such different settings for each scene and getting to follow them around! It was truly unique AND it was beyond quintessential to have done this in our first snow of the year. I was bursting with Christmas spirit.
As Ebenezer Scrooge said, “I will honor the spirit of Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
But let’s get to the point of this blog post, shall we? Earlier this year I bought a coat from H&M and I wore that coat for the first time to go see A Christmas Carol. I bought it for a few reasons. Number one, it reminded me of Kate Middleton. Second, I’m *notorious* for not wearing coats because to be frank, I don’t like them. What’s the point of wearing a cute outfit if you’re just going to cover it with a coat? Yes, it sounds juvenile to me too even as I write it. But I swear to you, I’ve always opted not to wear a coat because of this line of thinking. And not only have the, “Oh you must be freezing!” comments gotten extremely old, but…I’ve realized in my wise old age of 30 that I’ve ben doing it wrong. I always thought it was the outfit underneath that really mattered but I now realize that with the right coat, it truly does not matter what you have going on underneath it because the right coat itself truly is the outfit.
So, I’ve compiled a guide of winter coats that are so much more than just utility. They are all gorgeous, chic, affordable and deserving of a place in your hall coat closet.