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Celebrating Winter: Quotes, Art & Folklore by Amanda Bergloff


and The Fairy Tale Magazine

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 please enjoy the quotes, art, tales, music, and folklore below that highlight this magical season!

The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time - a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.

-- Frederick Lenz

"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



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


Neuschwanstein Castle in Winter

This 19th-century palace, locatedin southwest Bavaria, Germany, 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.


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


In various folklore traditions, the Holly King and Oak King are personifications of winter and summer that engage endlessly in a battle that reflects the seasonal cycles of the year. The Winter Solstice is the day that the Holly King is at the height of his power, bringing winter to the land, but at the Spring Equinox, his brother, the Oak King, wins the battle and begins his summer reign. The Holly King then retires to nurse his wounds for the next six months until it is time for him to win the battle and once again reign over the land.

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


Gerda and the Reindeer, Arthur Rackham

Fairies Dancing in Snowy Starlight, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

The Dreamer of Dreams, Edmund Dulac

Storal Park, Julian Onderdonk

 Winter Landscape,Iványi Grünwald Bél




December 26, 2023

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.


January 25, 2024

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.


February 24, 2024

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.



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Edited by The Fairy Tale Magazine's Kate Wolford


Share what you love about this season in the comments section below

The Fairy Tale Magazine'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 X @AMANDABERGLOFF

Cover Art: Artus Scheiner

Quotes/Various Graphic Design: Amanda Bergloff

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Jan 02

Thank you, Amanda Bergloff, this utterly charmed me. Winter's mist plays with ice winds to grow fairy forests on barbed wire fences. It encases bud-tipped boughs in glassy ice and drips magical diamond displays from cars and rooftops. Best of all is how the trash and brokenness of human frailty is blanketed in the soft embrace of winter's purity. I LOVE snow!

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