You might think of Alaska as the land of the midnight sun thanks to the long daylight of its summers. But the flipside is equally long hours of winter darkness between October and April. On the shortest day of the year, Anchorage, the state’s largest city, gets a mere five-odd hours of daylight, while Alaskans 700 miles north in Barrow watch the sunset on November 17, and don’t see it rise again until late January.
Sound depressing? Alaskans don’t let it keep us down. Instead, we celebrate winter and all of its holidays with our own unique style. Alaskans know how to make the best of the winter darkness. Here are four of our secrets that might inspire you to embrace winter fun and silliness, no matter where you live.