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.
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:
~ 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.
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.”
“…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”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 Kassem,
“All seasons have something to offer”
One Last Thing…
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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