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Joy in a Cozy Warm Hat

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The year was 1989. America was blessed one more time by a National Lampoon vacation movie: Christmas Vacation. We all watched Cousin Eddie, played by Randy Quaid, empty the contents of the blackwater tank of his RV in the "clean, cool chill of the holiday air" as he held the hose in one hand, drank a beer and smoked a cigar with the other, wore nothing but a short white robe, dark socks, warm hat and wished the neighbors a Merry Christmas with a wave and the perfectly delivered explanation, "Sh*tter was full!" (click in case you need to watch the one-minute scene)

And all were mortified at the scene. But did Randy Quaid look warm just because he wore the hat? Is it true that most of your body heat escapes through your head? Therefore, can you really get away with going outside in December in Chicago wearing just a robe and a hat?

Not likely. In 2004 the New York Times ran a story questioning the belief that you lose most of your body heat through your head. In the end, that's not exactly true. Better put on some pants, too, because heat escapes through any body part that's exposed. So, you really only lose most of your body heat through your head if that's the part that's not covered up.

Even though they debunked the myth, it's still a good idea to wear a cozy warm hat. I hope I don't need to explain the upsides of being cozy and warm. But hats, cozy warm ones, provide another form of relief: they're frequently vibrant, happy, colorful, poofy, dangly, and as cute as your sweet child. If you're buying something that's good for your children's safety, it may as well be adorably awesome.

Yesterday, I took my 4-year old daughter to the gear shop to buy some new warm gloves. Kids being kids, we can only find one left glove out of a total of three pairs she owns. We have some adventures planned this fall and winter so we had resupply this department. Because I'm a sucker, I couldn't let her leave without a matching hat. Today hat and gloves, tomorrow prom dress and shoes . . .

When we arrived, we found a whole 16' row packed full of gloves and hats just for kids. She couldn't contain herself. I found a seat and waited. She grabbed pair after pair, each time claiming this was The One. She finally settled on a pair of mittens with purple and pink flowers. If you know me, and you know her, you're saying purple and pink? no duh, Mark. And then she needed to look for a hat, and it was the give-a-mouse-a-cookie scene all over again. I waited, and helped when she wanted it.

The season for cozy hats is here, and you can save yourself some time by checking out the selection of Ambler Apparel kids' hats. I can't make any empty promises about whether or not your child will like them or not. But I bet you will. Check out the sampling below.

http://www.backcountry.com/ambler-kids-hats

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