By Tammy Seibert
It’s a Seibert family tradition that each year around the holidays we go ice skating outdoors. I am married to a man who is from Buffalo, NY, and played hockey since he was a young boy. It is a beautiful sight to watch him glide effortlessly on the ice. Thank God that a few years back Oklahoma City opened the ice skating rink downtown so that our three sons could also learn some magic and hockey stops from their dad.
A good old-fashioned festive ice skate is one of the best ways to enjoy the season downtown, but if you still need convincing, here’s why I love to get my skates on in the winter.
It’ll burn off some of the festive calories. You can burn up to 500 calories an hour on the ice! And you can dress in some snazzy outfits. Mittens? Check. Bobble hat? Check. Oversized sweaters and shawls? Check. Ice skating is cold so it is therefore perfectly acceptable to dress from head to toe in wool so you might as well do it in style.
For some reason I always hear the music of Doctor Zhivago and “Somewhere My Love” in the back of my mind when Eric and I skate together.
When we go ice skating, he always takes my hand and pulls me into the crazy death spin as he picks up speed. He thinks it’s funny but I love it that when he holds my hand on the ice, I always feel safe. I often wonder if he would have married me if I didn’t know how to skate or snow ski?
With the Winter Olympics fast approaching in February in South Korea…who doesn’t remember as young teenagers having a Dorothy Hamill (1976 Olympic ladies figure skating champion) wedge haircut…I know I did. We all wanted to skate like her and the “Hamill Wedge” instantly became a fad.
A general rule when it comes to Ice Skating is that wherever there is ice, you are likely to find mulled wine, hot chocolate or hot tea. Nothing soothes those tired muscles and cold hands like something warm to soothe you back to life in body and soul.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
I just finished reading this book and loved it! The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge ties in nicely with the whole winter theme!
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes Take Two
Editor Marcie’s Note: Tammy and I had to take a minute to reminisce about one of our all-time favorite movies — “The Cutting Edge”!! Toe pick!!!! If you’ve seen the movie (and what female our age hasn’t?), this photo should put a big smile on your face.
A Little Background Music
*Some of the photos of Tammy by Marcie Everhart