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20 Reasons Why We Love Winter in Cleveland 

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Who doesn't love wearing matching sweaters and standing in a height line for 30+ minutes while mom and dad try to figure out the "timer" setting on the new digital camera? These are family memories in the making, folks.
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Did you know that an eight-pack of Gillette razor blades costs upwards of $15? That's at least three Happy Dog hotdogs right there. Thanks to winter, you can spend your money where it really matters, plus you earn an extra layer of facial insulation. Win.
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Just think of those suckers in L.A. and Orlando who have no idea what a white Christmas truly means. Only a Clevelander can love and appreciate shoveling his or her driveway for an hour on Christmas morning before relatives come over.
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If your usual mid-morning water cooler subjects of Brandon Weeden replacements and Cleveland councilmen toupees are feeling a bit stale, fret not. For the next few months, you can occupy your breaks with conversations about Cleveland's five-day forecast.
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If you haven't yet explored the 65-room Tudor-style mansion that is the Stan Hywett Hall, then head on down to Akron this December for your tour. For the holidays, the house has been transformed into a winter wonderland and truly a spectacle.
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Cleveland is one of the only urban centers in the U.S. that doesn't give a damn about fashionable footwear in the winter. Pull on your Cabela's boots and head to work, dinner, or to the club. There's three feet of snow out there for cryin' out loud.
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We already know that Cleveland is one of the most picturesque cities in Ohio, but, boy, do our beautiful streets shine when they're decked for the holidays. Take a stroll downtown, or buzz through Ohio City, Coventry or Gordon Square and be dazzled by this year's crop of glittering holiday lights.
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Cleveland is a warm, bubbly multi-cultural melting pot and that means we have a whole variety of traditional ethic eats right at our fingertips. If you've been itching to try some latkes or Kwanzaa bread, now's your chance.
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Snow angels aren't just for tots. Head on over to Public Square and try your hand at making the perfect angel. Remember not to step in your imprint when you stand up!
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Who says we have to be confined to just American New Year? The College Club of Cleveland typically hosts a Chinese New Year celebration of epic proportions (think a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet, firecrackers, decorations and the whole nine yards). Go celebrate!
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Snow days aren't just for kids. Lots of businesses and corporations have been known to close down when a particularly powerful storm sweeps though Northeast Ohio. Keep doing the snow dance.
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If Christmas Ale doesn't embody everything that is truly good and wonderful about winters in Cleveland, then we're fresh out of ideas. Try a batch of this year's crop, and we guarantee you'll be singing Christmas carols all the way home.
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They may not receive as much hype as the Browns or the Cavs, but if you've never been to a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game, this winter is your chance. Grab some friends and head on over to the Q for a little ice action. But do remember to dress warmly: Those games are cold.
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Local bars love winter because we all drink more alcohol to stay warm and we never want to venture out into the snow. As for the bars with cozy, crackling fire places... well, we'll be there all night.
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Summer festivities at the Cleveland Botanical Garden ain't got nothing on the larger-than-life winter gingerbread house display. Every year, hundreds of visitors stop in to marvel at the graham cracker shingles, the candy cane lamp posts and the gum drop keystones created by local kids and adults alike.
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Q: What's better than eating your body weight in peppermint stick ice cream? A: When your obsession helps stimulate the local economy. Choose Pierre's and never experience gorger's guilt again.
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Adorable. Pets. Wearing. Sweaters. Enough said.
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Remember when you were a kid and thought it'd be neat to live in a snow globe? Well, if you walk through Little Italy during a snowstorm, it's pretty much the same sensation. Plus you can stop by Corbos for a cannoli on the way out. Score.
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The Olympics! Dozens of Cleveland bars air the games, so grab some pals and go watch the world's best athletes compete on ice and snow.

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