Four Tips to Help You Enjoy Winter.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

Edith Sitwell

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See the complete drawing at the bottom of the post. I’ve been inspired to make a bigger painting from this small section of my drawing.

It’s December 1st.  Yay! The charmed month that brings us the sparkling holidays, fresh snow, and the winter solstice.

In some ways, I find November to be kind of tough: it’s not winter yet, but one can feel that autumn is making its gracious exit, leaving the land vacant and ready for winter to settle in.  The hardest part, for many people (including me), is that the days get drastically shorter, especially with daylight savings time. Suddenly, it’s 4:30 pm and it’s already dark.

But now it’s December, and with winter around the corner, I have to admit that, over all, I have come to like winter.

So, today I wanted to share four things that always help me to enjoy winter more, and dread the short days less.  Here are the four simple things that make the biggest difference for me.  Maybe they’ll help you like winter more, too:

~  I’ve learned to look at these short, cold days as the temporary season of coziness: dress in warm, cozy clothes, eat comfort foods, and create a cozy atmosphere at home.  This doesn’t have to cost much at all: play nice music, and keep soft, cozy blankets and throw pillows handy.  And hey, since it’s dark anyhow, just settle in for a movie night on Friday.  That’s right, unabashedly embrace and focus on all things cozy!

~   Lighting changes everything!  (Yes… everything!  Barbara Walters once said that good lighting can do more to help us look attractive than make-up can!)  Anyhow, during the shortest, coldest months, I love using this easy DIY trick to create a joyful glow (see photo below). It’s also helpful to decorate with an attractive lamp that bathes the room with a soft, warm light.  And, of course, consider safely lighting candles every now and then.

An EASY DIY!  Remember that you can produce different moods depending on the colour of light that you choose:

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Multicoloured lights in a big, glass vase are an easy way to make a room feel festive.

~ Make some time to connect with others during the colder season… even if you are a bit of an introvert like me!  In fact, whether it’s family, friends, or a beloved pet, spending time together in a cozy environment can do wonders for our spirit.

~ It’s good to try activities that will help you enjoy winter itself.  Getting outside into the natural light, even for a short amount of time, can transform how we feel.  This can be as simple as bundling up for a short, invigorating walk in the brisk air.  Keep in mind, though, exercise is a wonderful mood enhancer, whether you do it indoors or out.  So, if you prefer to get active inside, that will still help you feel better about winter.  Check out this link to the mood enhancing benefits of walking.

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A detail of a drawing I made. The complete drawing is at the bottom of the post.

Now, here are some lovely words of collective wisdom shared by others: 

Quotes on The Changing Seasons:

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”

Yoko Ono

“There is a season for everything under the sun—even when we can’t see the sun.”

~Jared BrockA Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer 

“…Never in any of the four seasons
Should you neglect your gifts for any reasons
The world needs you to make it a better place
Don’t pack out; run your race”

― Israelmore AyivorBecome a Better You

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

~Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

She enjoys rain for its wetness, winter for its cold, summer for its heat. She loves rainbows as much for fading as for their brilliance. It is easy for her, she opens her heart and accepts everything.”

― Morgan LlywelynBard: The Odyssey of the Irish

 “SEASONS OF LIFE

Sometimes I fall
And feel myself slowly wilt and die,
But then I spring back on my feet
To go play in the sun outside.
I am no different than the weather,
The planets or the trees;
For there do not always have to be                                                                         reasons for the seasons                                                                                                     turning inside of me…”

~ Suzy KassemRise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“All seasons have something to offer”

― Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle

One Last Thing…

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This is a detail of a drawing that I made late last fall. I had fun working from my imagination on this one.

One last thing!  Late last fall, I made the drawing featured in today’s post.  It was from my imagination; a fun and spontaneous process.  Kind of like a big doodle.  It’s not quite finished –  I will probably go back and edit a few things, eventually – when the mood strikes me, but I’m focused on other projects, now.

A Time for Home

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

12 thoughts on “Four Tips to Help You Enjoy Winter.”

  1. I agree with you. Cosiness is the main word for making winter lovable. 🙂

    “She enjoys rain for its wetness, winter for its cold, summer for its heat…” – I love this quote. It shows brilliantly how you can love different things, if you accept their differences. 🙂

    And your drawing is so interesting, Carina! So bold and imaginative. 🙂

  2. That painting is so beautiful. I love the colors.

    Here in LA is getting dark around 5pm, and i kind of like it. Even though we dont get a real winter, i still like the house to be cozy. I am happy you are blogging again!

    1. Thank you, Mila! With your flair for design, I’m glad to hear that you like the colours! 🙂 How fortunate you are that you naturally kind of like the short…er, I mean… cozy days! They really are growing on me, as long as I keep the right mindset. Thanks for the visit and comment! ☃️

  3. Hi Carina, You are so talented. Your “doodles” are serious art. So artistic. I love your tips on enjoying the winter. I have such a tough time with Daylight’s Savings time too. I was driving the boys home after school recently and it was 4:30 and nearly pitch black. I feel closed in in the winter time. Loved your tip to embrace the cozy. YEAH! But that might be dangerous for me – a license for retail therapy — buying all the blankets and pillows I’d love to have. (True confession: I have a Pottery Barn weakness.) Also loved your tip about lighting. I’m a lamp person, and defy overhead lighting whenever possible. Great tip. Half of the cozy is in the lighting. Friend, I loved this post and especially the quote from ~Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass — and I so appreciate you friend, coming often to look Through Her Looking Glass. Ha. Did you know my name is actually Alice and the blog name is from that book title? I always wonder if people get it. So nice chatting with you here tonight Carina, I hope all is well, and I am looking forward to winter with renewed excitement. Thank you. XOXO

    1. Aw, thank you for the encouraging words, Allie. I’m glad that you enjoyed the ‘tips’, too. So true about it getting dark at 4:30 – it is just not my favourite thing! But changing my attitude about how I see it really does help me. Lol – well, cold weather and short days could definitely be a good reason to justify at least one new purchase from Pottery Barn, don’t ya think? 😉 Though if on a budget, pulling a cozy old blanket from the dryer is pretty awesome, too. 🙂 Isn’t that a beautiful quote from Alice in Wonderland? How interesting about the name of your blog! I had noticed the connection in the title “Through Her Looking Glass”, but hadn’t realized that your full name was Alice. How perfectly it all ties together… I love that! Have a fantastic weekend, Allie. XOXO

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