Winter’s blessings, you ask? What are the blessings winter offers when all is frozen and cold?
Winter offers a cold beauty seen in no other way, the beauty of ice-encrusted evergreens glistening in the sunlight. Winter offers a cold backdrop to the warmth of the spring, summer, and fall times of the year. Winter offers hot chocolate and warm eggnog, piping hot soups, and animated conversations. Winter offers warmth in a fire, in a friend, in a lover.
When I drink a hot coffee in the brisk air, I appreciate the coffee more. When I sit near a fireplace with a friend, I feel the glow of the friendship. When I walk through a park, I marvel at the white-cloaked trees and frozen ground.
I do not deny there are negative associations with winter, but this isn’t about that. This is about winter’s blessings.