Northern winters can be quite uncomfortable, and yes that measure of uncomfortableness is relevant to what one is used to and prepared for both mentally and physically.
At her best winter is incredibly beautiful in ways not possible to experience in other latitudes. The clarity of the air and the crispness of the scenery because of the cold must be experienced to be believed.
A moon lit landscape with a fresh powdery snow is a tranquil treat. Crisp silence. Ice encased trees on a bright morn.
Winter offers other pleasures akin to no other.........moving about as in hiking , snow shoeing or what have you and being warm when all is cold...... can there be better cuddling experience than in front of a fire as a storm blows outside. A piping hot stew on the fire. Many pleasures come to mind.
But alas winter offers misery for some, myself included at times. Wet grey days. Darkness. Cold feet other than "relation generated". One could go on and on with winters warts if that is where you choose to dwell.
What may make winter so unpleasant for many is our societies need to treat winter as if winter did not exist....that our work schedule, our life schedule, our dress should be on a human scale as opposed to what nature has offered that day.