Every year I experience this low energy feeling after Christmas is past. Sometimes I can dispell the feeling until after the New Year. It's usually around the time that the Christmas tree stops drinking water and starts looking bedraggled. Then I know it's time to take it down. We cut ours early this year, and now it already looks like it's ready to come down. We'll leave it up until after New Year, even if it is just a holder of the lights that lift our spirits in the dreab (the Amish word we used to describe weather when it was gray and bleak) midwinter.
Yesterday the sun was shining, and when the beautiful sunset happened only minutes later than what it would have a week ago, we took heart. In small increments, we now look on the bright side as we notice the light coming back. Thank goodness for that.
When we lived in northern Vermont, the winters were even more cold and dark than they are here in the Pioneer Valley. David and I started a tradition there that we are thinking of starting here, now that we've gotten to know enough people. We used to have "game nights" in January, February, and March to dispell the midwinter blahs. We'd host a potluck dessert and then we'd play games. The favorite for most people was what some call "Fictionary" and it's also called Balderdash and Dictionary. It's the one where one person selects a word from the dictionary that no one knows the meaning of, and everyone makes up a definition for the word. Then they are all read together, and everyone guesses which is the correct definition. It makes for so much fun. Many people think I would be good at the game, but I cannot write a convincing definition to save my life. So I usually come in dead last, but I have fun, all the same.
Back when we were hosting these in Vermont, we got to the point when we had to have four or five every winter, in order to fit everyone in who wanted to come. We usually had about 15-20 people at a time.
So, this year we will start this tradition here in Massachusetts.
Another thing I plan to do to help me get through this winter is to start a book discussion group. I've been wanting to join one here in the valley for the last five years, but it seems all the ones I know about are closed to new members. I found out that people at our church have been talking about starting one. Several people have asked me to lead it, and so I decided I would. Reading a book and getting together for a stimulating discussion about it will also help distract me from thinking about how many more weeks of winter we have left.
How about you? Do you enjoy winter? If not, how do you feed your spirit during the cold and dark days of winter?
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