The winter solstice is almost here, and instead of fretting over the fact that there's oh-so-much more cold to come, try to have a positive attitude about it. Once the winter solstice occurs on Dec. 21 at 11:22 a.m., aka, the shortest day of the year, it will officially be the start of winter, and each day will receive at least one more minute of sunlight and will bring you one more day closer to spring. So for now, embrace the chill, embrace the snow, and try to find the beauty in the winter — even if you're totally not a winter person.
While the cold months can be hard to weather, they're some of the most inspiring months of the year, which is why there's so much literature about the winter. For hundreds of years, artists have used the winter as a muse to create gorgeous music, art and literature. So wrap yourself in some micro fleece, pour yourself a warm (perhaps spiked) beverage, light some seasonally-themed candles, and cozy up to these winter solstice quotes that will help you celebrate the celestial event and change your attitude about the season. Even if that means enjoying a the snow-covered landscape from indoors, try to lean into the winter a bit, the better your outlook, the more you can enjoy it.
"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
"People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy." —Anton Chekhov
"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold." —Aristotle
"You can't get too much winter in the winter." — Robert Frost
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." — John Steinbeck
"He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.... In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity." — John Burroughs
"I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." — Andrew Wyeth
"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
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude." — William Shakespeare
"Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness." — Mary Oliver
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." — Hal Borland.
"Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours.'" — Robert Byrne
"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." — Albert Camus
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. " — Hal Borland
"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory." — Gary Zukav
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." — Edith Sitwell