In New England, everyone seems to have a date in mind when it’s OK to turn on the main source of heat in the house.
Is the same true in Minnesota? Let’s find out.
This Yankee Magazine article describes the sense of shame and defeat that most every New Englander feels when that switch is first thrown, whatever the date may be. (By the way, haven’t come across any Minnesotan publication that inhabits a similar mindspace as Yankee does for New Englanders. Is there one?)
For many, it’s fine to light the wood stove or fireplace any time it’s needed. But the main source of heat — oil-fired, gas, propane, electric, or whatever — that has to wait until it gets “cold enough.”
I haven’t been able to discern yet whether Minnesotans share this odd attitude towards the inevitability that is winter. Please let us know what is true for you by answering the two questions below.