Come in From the Cold Day – January 22, 2023

National Come in From the Cold Day is celebrated annually on January 22. The phrase “come in from the cold” means to warm yourself up by coming inside and warming your body up be it by fire or a warm drink. While there are numerous fun and adventurous activities that take place during winters like snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, or snowman building, one of the most satisfying must be to come inside after all that activity and get warm. We can see why this day was created! It encourages us to pause, come inside, out of the cold, sip a hot drink, and relax in front of a fire or heater.

History of Come in From the Cold Day

Little is known about the origin of this day. It is an interesting mystery as to who created the day or why the date January 22 was chosen. We do know that many people lament winter as their jobs may have them outside in the cold often. So while winter may be filled with exciting outdoor activities in the snow, many people would rather come in from the cold.

With the current changes in climate, there have been more and more days where it has been below-average temperatures recorded. We have seen some of our coldest days and most snowfall recorded in years recently.

Fairly recently, cold records were broken in western Canada and above-average snowfall was recorded in northeastern Europe.

Above-average snow depth was recorded in northern California and Nevada. These cold snaps can become more frequent and more potent as our weather patterns change. We have seen various areas from China to Texas suffer gravely from blizzard conditions, inadequate heating, and failing energy systems. These cold snaps are also cropping up in places that do not usually experience this extreme weather.

These cold-weather events are due to the changing Arctic climate, which has been steadily warming for years. Scientists believe that the melting sea ice in the Arctic is weakening the jet stream. This allows the frigid polar air to penetrate farther south than the usual normal, bringing with it the colder weather.

Come in From the Cold Day timeline

2.4 Billion Years Ago
The Huronian Ice Age

The Huronian Ice Age was the first and longest ice age that lasted 300 million years.

1915
The Endurance Crew is Stranded

The crew of the ship Endurance is stranded for more than 19 months — they all survive.

1950
Snow Making is Invented

Wayne Pierce, Art Hunt, and Dave Richey make snow with a 10-horsepower paint-spray compressor, spray gun nozzle, and a garden hose.

1980
The First Everest Winter Ascent

On February 17, Krzysztof Wielicki and Leszek Cichy summit Everest during winter for the first time.

February 2021
A Severe Cold Wave Hits North America

In the midst of rapidly warming global temperatures, an exceptionally severe cold wave hits large parts of North America, from Canada to Northern Mexico — it leaves 10 million people without power.

Come in From the Cold Day FAQs

What does it mean to be in the cold?

According to the “Merriam-Webster dictionary,” it means to leave someone in a bad position.

What does it mean to come in from the cold?

According to Dictionary.com, it means to be welcomed back to the group and return to shelter and safety.

What does cold mean in slang?

It means to be knocked out and made unconscious.

Come in From the Cold Day Activities

  1. Play outside but then come in from the cold

    Enjoy the colder weather and the activities associated with it but then celebrate by coming indoors and warming ups. This way you can keep your body active and warm.

  2. Invite friends over for cocoa and soup

    Host a winter warmer party and invite your friends for homemade soup and hot cocoa by a fire. Socializing during winter is a nice way to keep your spirits high.

  3. Donate your time at a soup kitchen

    Give back to those less fortunate who are struggling during the winter month with inadequate shelter. Giving to needy people makes your family proud of you.

5 Facts About Cold Weather

  1. Snowflakes vary in size

    Snowflakes come in various sizes with the biggest being reported at almost 15 inches wide.

  2. Reindeers can see in the dark

    The Arctic Circle can be shrouded in darkness for weeks at a time and the reindeer who live there have adapted by being capable of seeing in the dark.

  3. The first Winter Olympics

    The first Winter Olympics took place in 1924 — there were 14 events involving six sports including skiing and bobsledding.

  4. Snow can be of different colors

    Snow has no color at all and can take on the color of dust or even all algae that may give it the appearance of being orange, green, or even red!

  5. The tallest snow-person stood over 122 feet

    According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” the residents of Bethel, Maine built the largest recorded snowwoman, which measured over 122 feet.

Why We Love Come in From the Cold Day

  1. It reminds us to have fun but also relax

    The day reminds us to enjoy the winter weather but also come in to relax and enjoy the warmth. No matter how difficult the weather is, one can always see the positive in it.

  2. It teaches us appreciation

    We are reminded that we are fortunate to be able to take shelter indoors from poor weather which some people do not have access to. Being grateful for what you have is a great way to see things.

  3. It creates awareness about our climate

    National Come in From the Cold Day creates awareness of climate change. This way we can be conscious of our actions, making us more responsible toward our surroundings.

Come in From the Cold Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 22Sunday
2024January 22Monday
2025January 22Wednesday
2026January 22Thursday
2027January 22Friday

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