When the weather starts getting colder, it makes me think it's time to dress up for winter and get the warm sweaters and sweatshirts out of the closet. On a related note, I noticed many people don't call them sweatshirts anymore. They are called fleece tops. They are the same thing; they just have a new name. Some are cute, fancy or even funny, but all are warm, comfortable and serviceable.

Hanging on my wall is a picture of a farm wife dressed up to go out to do chores in the cold winter. My daughter gave me this picture as a gift years ago, and all the kids agreed it looks just like Mom dressed for winter.

It is important to wear layers when you work out in temperatures below freezing and many times below 0 with a wind chill and snow blowing.

I'm glad I don't have to go out anymore to help feed cows, do the milking or check at calving time, but I sure can remember how cold it was and recall how I dressed to stay warm.

On the top, I started with an undershirt over my bra, then a long sleeved shirt and a warm sweatshirt. On the bottom, I wore long underwear under a pair of jeans. Next, I slipped on a pair of bib overalls. They kept everything in place and kept the cold air from getting in. Over that, I wore a hooded sweatshirt with a zipper. I wore a stocking cap under the hood, and I wore gloves inside mittens and wool socks on my feet. To top it all off, I wore a pair of five-buckle overshoes.

It took a while to get dressed, but it was necessary on those really cold days.

We always laugh about how a mom gets a kid dressed in a snowsuit, and then the child says, "I got to go." Well, it happens to adults, too, so think ahead.

I read in the December edition of "Prevention" magazine it is good to go outside on a freezing day or take a cold shower. The article said it might strengthen the immune system.

Best of all, the cold bits of a winter day might even help to burn body fat. So bundle up and strengthen the immune system.

Well, after telling about getting dressed up to go out to do chores, I thought of other times we got dressed up.

I remember we dressed up to go to church. We had special clothes and shoes just for Sunday. Dress up clothes didn't wear out, you just outgrew them, and they were handed down. The youngest always had big brother's or sister's clothes to look forward to. Our sons received hand-me-downs from my youngest brother, and the girls either made their own or found special clothes at the thrift shop. When I was a girl, I got a new dress for Easter, which was a really special memory.

Then there were school clothes. I remember girls always wore dresses. We couldn't wear jeans or slacks to school.

I was a senior in high school in 1947 when they finally allowed us to wear pants to school. All of us were "tickled pink" when that dress code was lifted.

I also remember as soon as I got home from school I had to change clothes. I dressed up to go out to do chores. That's when we wore the older, worn out, patched and repatched clothes, so we would save the better clothes for school.

This picture I have included with this story had the caption, "You think pearls would be too much?" One thing she is wearing is a smile. I feel that's very important to wear at all times.

What we wear, when we wear it is entirely up to each individual. Styles change, but if you wait long enough, the style comes back.

If you ask me I'd say, if it's comfortable, if it fits and you like it, wear it.

To close, I have an announcement, My first great-grandson, Adam Stewart Peterson was born Nov. 23 to Paul and Tiffany Peterson. Our family continues to grow. I'm so proud and thankful to be blessed.

Stay warm, dress up for the weather and enjoy the last month of 2011. Merry Christmas to all.

Opal Flinn is a member of the Generations Advisory Group.