Winter Challenge : What Does Winter Say To You?

"The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer.  I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood."  ~John Burroughs

I'm going to be honest. I don't much like winter (or summer, for that matter) - I'm an autumn person. Winter is cold, bitter, and when you walk outside you slip and land on your butt from ice. Weeeeeeeeeee!

What I do like about winter . . .  I LOVE! What better sight in the morning then to glance out your window to see diamonds and crystals where trees once stood? You will die very poor indeed if you never see a chickadee sitting on a glittering branch of treasure, shaking off fluffy white gold from his or her feathers.

I love breathing in winter air. It slices right into your lungs, sharply killing all the junk that has accumulated during the previous year. Cold wind tells you your skin is working, and hey, who doesn't like coming into the house to drink a cuppa?

December has the sadness of a year gone by without fulfilling my dreams but the great expectations of a new year. Anything is possible! I don't know about you, but December tells me to dream big for next year, because when you have twelve months to do something, you have enough time to do it well.

Reading is an  activity I do all year long. Winter gives it another little element : my warm red plaid blanket. This may seem silly, but books are more enjoyable when curled up in a favourite chair, with a hot drink, and of course, a favourite blanket. Perhaps its the enviroment. I'm not sure.

But I'm not going to argue - well, do you want to argue with winter? He'll hit you with a blizzard.

CHRISTMAS! Halloween and Christmas give me that warm feeling of being a child. I wish I could capture it and take it with me all around the year. Or would that make it less special?

Presents under the tree are so pretty. Colours, ribbons and bows piled nicely on each other. I don't want to rip them open since it is so nice.

Presents aren't the best of Christmas, of course. What I truly love about winter, above all else, is family get-togethers. Chatter around the Xmas tree. Sitting and talking with a treasured family member you haven't seen since last Xmas because of schedules.

I love the hustle and bustle of a large family in the kitchen, dinging room and living room. It isn't Christmas or winter without it. Its amazing how we don't fight, being all squashed together! Ha.

Blizzards....can stay away.
Apologies to those who do not like this language, but I think this quote sums up winter very well, especially to those who say there is nothing to like about winter at all:

"Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours.' "  ~Robert Byrne.

Well, nature doesn't care what we think, does she? She's gonna do what she's gonna do!

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