Christmas lights and winter preparation keeps the majority of us from focusing on the long winter that awaits us.
©TC Média Archives
The beginning of December is just around the corner—meaning that Christmas trees are being erected and twinkle lights are being strung (and in some cases, the task of successful gift giving in underway).
We’ve survived the first snowstorm fairly gracefully, but recent mild temperatures have given us a brief reprieve to gather ourselves and launch full force into the holidays. In spite of all of the fun that awaits us, the holidays can serve as a fairly stressful moniker of winter—especially for those of us living in this glorious climate (i.e. tons and tons of snow). Christmas lights and winter preparation keeps the majority of us from focusing on the long winter that awaits us, but perhaps that’s a good thing.
This is because as arduous as winter seems, it is necessary. Once we are in its very center, away from the warmth and glamour of the holidays, we are often forced to slow down and look at ourselves. Our little corner of the earth has closed itself down as if in a sort of meditation, recharging and reflecting before the spring makes its arrival.
Many of us are faced with difficulties that have nothing to do with winter—these are our own storms, our own form of hazardous weather that we must trudge through and reflect upon. For myself, the coming of the snow reminds me that despite the harsh road that lies ahead, there is beauty at the end of every struggle.