“The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ From “Stopping by Woods On A Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
The Mother Nature always has a way to show its artistic touch. The colorful autumn is followed by a white blanket of snow and the cold freeze of winter season that covers better part of the northern globe.
December 21 marks the official first day of winter season in America, when the day is the shortest and the night the longest. But the actual winter arrives much sooner. Look at the snow covered streets and the trees, ask the school crossing-guards in the early mornings, or watch the Canadian geese and European robins migrating to warmer territories,… Yes, the winter comes long before the calendar declares it so.
Snow Storms and Bone-chilling Cold
The better part of North America and Europe is painted white with fresh snow of December. The leafless trees, the rooftops, the roads, the frozen ponds..…everything is beatified with an accent of white touch. A calm, serene and frozen outdoor paying a respect to the supreme power of mother nature.
In the cold days of winter, the old and wise may prefer to take shelter from the fierce weather and hibernate indoors. However, the freezing temperatures and frost bites of the wintry chill are not enough to discourage the young ones who are busy with their own games. Making snowmen, sledding in the backyards, or starting a snowball fight with the next-door neighbors…… all part of the daily rituals of winter days.
As the temperatures dip, the wrath of cold is felt everywhere. A few minutes of direct exposure to the freezing outdoor can get you in some serious danger and health risk. A better part of America and Canada is often engulfed by snow-storms. Heavy snowfalls are a part of the norm, inches of accumulation every time. The treacherous weather creates havoc all over – the blizzards, the white-outs, the slippery roods, the snow covered walkways…..A taste of winter.
Well, you got the idea! Winter is not a friendly season when it comes to the outdoor life!!
Christmas and New Year Parties
Thanks god, all is not lost! The Christmas holidays and the celebrations are the heart-warming attraction of the winter. The music, the feasts, the gifts, the display of Christmas decorations including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe……. The Christmas festival is a welcome break from the freezing outdoors. The kids patiently wait for the Santa Claus to deliver their gifts and toys. Most of the schools and businesses close for Christmas holidays. Those who love shopping and gift giving, the winter is the best season. Starting with the Thanksgiving, the stores and shopping malls offer some of the best discounts and the best deals of the year. The Christmas is followed by the new-year’s festivities, where the nightlong parties are the norms. After all, winter is not all that bad if you look closer!
Many poets and writers have symbolized the winter season as a ‘downer’ – when hope is scarce to find, when depression becomes contagious. In fact, many of you may recall, in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, it is always winter and never Christmas; C.S. Lewis used winter to suggest the absence of hope in that classic. So, it is not so uncommon to face the symptoms of ‘winter blues’ – the gloomy and depressed mood blamed on the harsh cold weather.
For those who live in a tropical climate, or where winter is not so harsh, it is hard to describe the bitter cold and bone-chilling affect of winter. ‘Fargo’ – the famous Hollywood movie – depicts some of the best scenes of winter weather, if you like the visual touch. For those with more of a vivid imagination, consider reading the Robert Frost classic, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
Enjoy the change and think Spring!
The nature has a funny way of balancing good with the bad, the nice with naughty. The four seasons are well balanced - in each extreme and in-between. For example, if you like winter, you would have summer to complain about; however, most of the complaining comes in the winter!
Some things are better to admire from a distance or handle with caution; the winter season is one of them. Cherish the seasonal change, enjoy the indoor festivities and shopping, but be fearful of bitter cold winter chill and hazardous outdoors. While the human soul craves for extremes, our mortal body is more suitable for spring…the season that follows the winter!
So hold on, the spring is just around the corner! There is always something to look forward to!
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