A quiet, settled landscape,
a cool, calm, brisk night
under the shining stars,
sparkling, shimmering in the snow.
A beautiful painting of sensuality,
beauty so great where only
the strong dare venture to see it.
Appreciated only by those with hope,
loved only by those with thanks –
the ugly duckling and hidden swan
that is the season of Winter.
Obviously the first thing I think of when I think of Winter is the cold. Living in Canada, I feel my share of extreme weather (extreme in the sense that in the summer it’s sitting in your underwear, sweating your arse off hot, and in the winter it’s three feet of snow, freezing your toes off cold). So of course for me, cold also equals snow. Now, I’m not one to bash on snow all the time, sure, sometimes it’s an inconvenience, but it’s also kind of romantic. Snow is kind of like little flakes of sparkles, and nothing looks more beautiful than snow in the moonlight. When it comes time for the season to change to Winter, my mind thinks of wholesomeness, family, romance, and appreciation. I suppose I appreciate the fact that I am strong enough to get through the cold days, and that I’m not the only one going through it alone. I appreciate the fact that I’m alive, that I’m here, that I have an opportunity for a new start. Winter makes me feel for my family more, I’m more grateful (though I should be all year round). It helps me to remember what I should be thankful for, and who I should be thankful to. And as I already said, to me, winter is romantic – there’s nothing more sensual to me than kissing with a light snow falling to the ground, and holding each other for warmth.
Overall to me, winter is a struggle. Throughout the year I’m bombarded with waves of strong emotions, and it’s so easy to fall into a sadness in winter. To me, it’s weak – I am a fighter, and though Winter is a struggle, I carry on with my head held high and a smile on my face.
Favourite Word of Winter
1. gratitude; thankful recognition: They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
2. the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
3. clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality: a course in art appreciation.
As I already said, Winter makes me feel appreciative of everything I have. I find a lot of people really miserable in the winter, and I try my hardest to fight the norm. I’m thankful for what I have, and because it is the “season of giving”, I try to be a bit more generous as well. I try to be generous all year round, but I think Winter reminds me that I’m luck for what I have, and that I should be more considerate of what others don’t, and help my community.
“Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind,
As man’s ingratitude.” ~ William Shakespeare
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
February Song – Josh Groban
Favourite Movie of Winter
I tend to be one of those people who bashes romantic films, mostly because I’ve never really had any big romance in my life ever. However, if I had to pick a favourite, it would be Love Actually. What I love about this film is that it’s about love but not just romantic love. It takes those feelings I have about winter – the romanticism of it, the appreciation for your loved ones – and it puts it into an enjoyable, happy film. If you’ve never seen it, give it a watch, you may enjoy it!
Favourite Book of Winter
The Shining – By Stephen King
This really doesn’t have much to do with any of what I said about Winter, I just really love this book. I suppose since it’s set during the winter, it makes me think of it. I guess I could say that the film is about staying strong and enduring, but really, I just love this book.
Favourite Town of Winter
Ottawa, Ontario for sure. I’ve been there in the winter, and though it’s even colder there than it ever gets where I live, it’s absolutely gorgeous in the winter. It’s a great city to visit, and if you can stand the cold, check it out in the winter. The city I think of when I think of Winter, is Paris. Paris is that one place most people will associate with romance, and to me I think Paris would look absolutely stunning in the winter.
Favourite Animal of Winter
Polar Bears – which are slowly becoming less and less winter-associable. Damn you global warming.
Favourite Food of Winter
Chili. I love a hot bowl of chili on a cold day, with some toast and fixings for the top. I love it! I don’t have a recipe to share however, because whenever I make chili, I kind of improvise and change it up every time. I will recommend you try it with some toppings next time, I always have at least two of these for when I make chili: shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, or diced tomatoes. So yummy!
Favourite Image of Winter
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