I put this huge picture of Lauren Stringer’s heart-warming book here so you won’t think I’m going out of my mind. As a confirmed winter curmudgeon — I wish I could fly south with the geese–I appreciate its reminder about the joys of the season: hot soup, hot baths, fireplaces and furnaces, cats on laps, warm friends. It makes me feel absolutely toasty.
What else gets me through this time of year is the knowledge that after December 21, the days start getting lighter. So January has about as much light as November; February as October etc.
Some people love winter. It’s been my experience that many of them are under 12 or into winter sports. The closest I come to any sport is watching ice skating on TV. But, although I love contemplating its beauty and athleticism, that’s not exactly going to burn calories.
For that, I’m into snow angels, tramping through snow (When it’s above 20 degrees) and making snow people. If you’ve ever constructed one of these creatures, yourself, only to have it look shrunken and rumpled the next day, you may want to look into:
Yes, snowmen -and women for that matter do have a night life. It looks like a lot of fun, too. Makes you want to join them. For that, you should request Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman. Since it’s a bit older, its animation is sweet instead of showy. Still, I think it’s one of the most magical movies ever.