Is winter really longer than all of the other seasons? Sometimes it seems so, especially when it is cold and gray, day after day after day, and the nights are long. But the seasons testify to the faithfulness of God . . .
I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
. . . and so I will do best to make the most of the season that is here. I may be looking ahead to the green and the liveliness of spring, but I can still celebrate the gift of winter!
Ideas for celebrating winter . . .
- Enjoy cozy candlelight.
- Make soup. Try a new recipe. Or two. Or six.
- Watch a video "project": a series, or movies with a related theme. Some we have enjoyed are Bleak House, Anne of Green Gables, the Jane Austen movies, Cranford, Wives and Daughters, Ken Burns' documentaries.
- If you're a homeschooler, make the most of fewer activities, more time inside. The winter months are often our most productive for schooling!
- Drink hot drinks. Set up a hot chocolate bar. Savor a cup of hot tea in the afternoon.
- Make snow cream. (Easy-peasy recipe below!)
- Put together a 1000-piece puzzle.
- Begin a read aloud.
- Add some winter touches to your house. Pine cones, berries, candles, wool throws. Be sure to include some color! (Vee has been pondering this idea on her blog. Read ~here~ and ~here~. Good stuff!)
fresh, clean snow
fresh, clean snow
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1) Fill your largest bowl with snow.
2) Stir in sweetened condensed milk.
3) Eat immediately! Mmmmmm.
(You can freeze leftovers, but the consistency will be different.)
Didn't I tell you it was easy-peasy? And soooo good!
What are some things that you do to celebrate winter? (Or even to endure it?)
I am also curious to know about snow cream. It is a local thing? Have you ever eaten it? Made it yourself? Heard of it?