December 21, 2021

A Winter Sonata: Quotes, Art & Folklore, By Amanda Bergloff

WINTER IS HERE
and Enchanted Conversation is celebrating
with some quotes, art, and folklore!
Winter is the time of year when we're inspired to read more, enjoy meals with family and friends on a cold night, walk in the snow, and dream by the fire. 

To inspire you, we've collected some of EC's favorite things about winter...so please enjoy the quotes, art, tales, music, and folklore below that highlight this magical season!
    "Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
    For the wind howls loud and the furies fight:
    Spice it with love and stir it with care,
    And I'll toast our bright eyes,
    my sweetheart fair."
    ~ Minna Thomas Antrim
    "There is no winter without snow, 
    no spring without sunshine, 
    and no happiness without companions."
    ~ Korean Proverb
    WINTER FOLKLORE
    & ANIMALS
    10 Strange Signs Predicting a Hard Winter
    1. Woodpeckers sharing a tree
    2. Pigs gathering sticks
    3. Ants marching in a line rather than meandering
    4. "See how high the hornets nest, 'twill tell how high the snow will rest"
    5. Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
    6. Thick hair on the back of a cow's neck
    7. Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
    8. Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river bank
    9. Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
    10. 3 snowy owls flying overhead together during daylight hours
    "The twelve months...
    Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
    Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
    Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
    Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy."

    ~ George Ellis
    "I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'"
     ~ Lewis Carroll
    STORY INSPIRATION:
    Neuschwanstein Castle in Winter
    This 19th-century palace, located in southwest BavariaGermany, has inspired many authors and artists with its fairy tale-style appearance. It has appeared prominently in several films through the years, as well as serving as the visual inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
    5 Soups to Warm the Winter Soul
    Watch the recipe below:
    "In January
    it's so nice
    while slipping
    on the sliding ice
    to sip hot chicken soup with rice.
    Sipping once
    Sipping twice."
    ~ Maurice Sendak, In January
     
    Stopping by Woods 
    on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost

    Whose woods these are I think I know.   
    His house is in the village though;   
    He will not see me stopping here   
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

    My little horse must think it queer   
    To stop without a farmhouse near   
    Between the woods and frozen lake   
    The darkest evening of the year.   

    He gives his harness bells a shake   
    To ask if there is some mistake.   
    The only other sound’s the sweep   
    Of easy wind and downy flake.   

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
    But I have promises to keep,   
    And miles to go before I sleep,   
    And miles to go before I sleep.
          
    "Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.
    ~ Plutarch, Moralia
    Winter Reading Nook Goals
    because it's a valid excuse to stay home when it's snowing 
    just to spend the day reading in a cozy nook...

    "In the winter she curls up around a good book 
    and dreams away the cold."
    ~ Ben Aaronovitch, "Broken Homes"

    "There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special."

    Carol Rifka Brunt, "Tell the Wolves I'm Home"

     

    WINTER ART GALLERY
    Gerda and the Reindeer, Arthur Rackham
    Winter Bullfinches, Bruno Liljefors
     Winter Landscape, Iványi Grünwald Béla
    Fairies Dancing in Snowy Starlight, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
    The Snow Queen, Charles Robinson
    The Dreamer of Dreams, Edmund Dulac
    Storal Park, Julian Onderdonk
    The Snow Queen, Margaret Tarrant
    THE FULL MOONS
    OF WINTER
    THE COLD MOON
    December 18, 2021
    This first full moon of winter is named the Cold Moon because of the frigid conditions in December, when cold weather starts to reign in the Northern Hemisphere.
    THE WOLF MOON
    January 17, 2022
    It was Native Americans who named the second full moon of winter the Wolf Moon due to seeing packs of wolves in the wintertime howling at night.
    THE SNOW MOON
    February 16, 2022
    The full moon for February is named the Snow Moon for the simple reason that it's cold and snowy at this time of year.
    HAPPY WINTER TO ALL!
    Share what you love about this season 
    in the comments section below
    Enchanted Conversation's contributing editor, Amanda Bergloff, writes modern fairy tales, folktales, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Frozen Fairy Tales, After the Happily Ever After, and Uncommon Pet Tales.
    Follow her on Twitter @AmandaBergloff
    Check out her Amazon Author page HERE
    Join her every Tuesday on Twitter for #FairyTaleTuesday to share what you love about fairy tales, folktales, and myths.
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    Cover Painting: Artus Scheiner
    Cover Layout & Quotes/Various Graphic Design: Amanda Bergloff

    1 comment:

    Lissa Sloan said...

    Thanks, Amanda! I love the castle, but the cozy nooks are my favorite! I think being cozy is my favorite part of winter is being cozy inside when it's cold outside. Warm food, followed by a cup of tea and something sweet, a fire, and a good book! (All this is even better after a walk in the cold.:)

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