Sure, winter has its downsides, like shorter days, chillier temperatures and, depending on where you live, shoveling snow. But this snowy season has its perks, too! From snow days that cancel work and school, to cozying up with a good movie and hot cocoa on the couch, to getting back into your favorite winter sports, there's a lot to love about winter.
Celebrate the season with these 12 baby animals who love winter just as much–and maybe even a little bit more!–than we do.
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Baby Animals Love Catching Snowflakes
Seeing the first snowflakes of the season (and attempting to catch a few on your tongue) literally never gets old. Not only do they signal the start of the season, but they bring with them the potential for snow days curled up on the couch or playing outside, too.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Snow Day Speculating
Remember the thrill of speculating whether or not school would be canceled for a snow day? No matter your age or method of contacting all your friends to deliberate (AOL Instant Messenger, anyone?), the excitement of a potential snow day was never lost on anyone. Especially not on these baby penguins.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Snow Day Activities
And of course, if you did have a snow day, you made plans to meet your crew at the top of the tallest hill in the neighborhood, first thing in the morning. With sleds, saucers, toboggans and even baking sheets (which actually make excellent makeshift sleds!).Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Winter Sports
No more jogging or biking in hot weather or swimming laps in the pool. Winter sports are back. Whether you prefer to snowshoe, cross-country ski or shred sick powder like this radical snowboarding pup, there's nothing better than doing your workout against a beautiful, snowy backdrop.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Just Playing in the Snow
If you're like us and aren't coordinated enough to go skiing or snowboarding, just getting dressed in cold weather gear (there are so many layers, it takes an eternity) and playing in the snow is probably enough to get your heart pumping.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Just Admiring the Snow, Too
Not into hitting the slopes or just getting cold and wet? Take a cue from this baby monkey: Sitting on your kids' swing set and admiring the freshly fallen snow can be fun (and relaxing), too. Especially if you bring a hot cocoa or hot toddy with you.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Wintery Recipes
Extra cheesy grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, hearty chili and warm chocolate chip cookies all make for the best cold weather eating. And so does fresh snow, according to this baby polar bear.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Warming Up by the Fire
There's nothing like warming up and relaxing next to a nice fire – or maxed out radiator, if you're a renter – after a long day of romping in the snow, shoveling the driveway or spending time with family at a holiday party.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Their Sweaters
The best part of winter? Retiring your warm-weather wardrobe and bringing back your favorite boots, sweaters, and coats. Not only does a winter wardrobe keep you warm and cozy, but it'll conceal any pounds you packed on eating holiday cookies, too. That's a win-win.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love Their Beanies
Lousy weather? Put a beanie on. Bad hare day? Cover it up with your favorite beanie. Feeling a little extra hip today? Beanies are the headwear for all cool kids. Want some extra street cred? Try to DIY your own beanie on your next snow day.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Just Love All Winter Fashion
If donning your favorite scarf and taking a few dramatic selfies against a snow-covered tree doesn't make you feel like a Norwegian model that just got off the slopes like this Shiba Inu, we don't know what will.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Baby Animals Love the Holidays
'Tis the reason for the season! Although the holidays require lots of time spent with extended family members, there's some good stuff, too. Specifically, holiday cookies and cocktails, festive parties, twinkly lights, holiday movie marathons, and that warm and cozy feeling you get during the holiday season.