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Tis The Season

Halloween has come and gone and assuredly your candy stash has dwindled, if it isn’t gone already. Don’t fret though, Thanksgiving is fast approaching, Christmas Day is near and 2020 looms. It is indeed the holiday season, and what a fun time it is! Holiday fun with family and friends awaits. Perhaps, even a little vacation time awaits you in the very near future as the year winds down.

There is of course another season though. A lesser known season in the great state of Minnesota this time of year as the clocks have now turned backward. The, “I hate this time of year” season. A “season” in which you’ll hear many proclaim their disdain by uttering something along the lines of, “I hate living in Minnesota this time of year.” Some people, I like to think of them as crazy people, don’t like the holiday season. I don’t get it and I never will. But, to each their own, I guess. Myself however, I really dislike the, “I hate this time of year” season. It is my least favorite time of the year!

Reasons for the dislike of this “season” come in many forms. But the central arguments tend to be one of the following. The snow, the cold, the darkness and length of the season. Well, if you do not like it here, and you strongly dislike this time of year in the land of 10,000 lakes, I can help you out. It’s a simple solution. Just move. Move already! Pack your things and go! Its fine, those that stay behind and forge on will move forward without you. We will make snowmen, drink hot cocoa, ice skate and embrace Mother Nature’s coldest and longest stronghold. This is Minnesota after-all, and unfortunately when it comes to this “season”, it just, “Is what it is.” It’s dark, dreary, cold, snowy and long.

The weather itself will not change and ‘daylight saving time’ will remain on the books. Both come roughly this time every year. The only thing that can, and should change, is your attitude towards it, or your physical living location. Please for my sanity and others, embrace the season, change your attitude or just get out! I’ll be busy enjoying the season and finding the best in what it has to offer. If I can’t enjoy it on a particular day, I’ll do my best to make the most of it. In the end, it’s all that I can do. I refuse to complain about something I cannot control. That is of course, unless I decide to move…

Best Wishes,



Ross’ Top 5 States You Can Move To

1. Colorado

2. Florida

3. Tennessee

4. Wyoming

5. North Carolina

Ross Brendel can be followed on Twitter @brendelross.