There’s no way around it, the winter season is in full effect.
It’s not all bad—there are many things to love about this time of year: bundling up inside with the ones you love, binging on Netflix, cozy sweaters, the crisp white snow, and of course the magical holidays. But if you’re anything like myself and many others, now that the holidays are over, winter can start to feel overwhelmingly dark and cold. When it seems like the season might never end, one thing I find therapeutic is a nice trip into the Pinterest vortex for some much needed inspiration. So in the spirit of being an overly zealous image enthusiast, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite winter-inspired photos that remind me of the best bits of the season. And hopefully they will help you feel a bit more excited too, as we hold our breathe for the arrival of spring.
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us—listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.