For many people, winter is the most magical time of the year. The drawing in of the day provides an opportunity to snuggle up in the warmth with hot cocoa and soft blankets whilst spending quality time with loved ones. It’s the season of Bonfire Night and Christmas – great reasons to have fun and celebrate in ways that are held dear by your family. So, what’s not to love? Especially when we can keep the cold at bay with beautiful knitwear and crocheted scarves! For more details on Crochet Kits, look at www.woolcouturecompany.com/collections/crochet-kits
Well, not everyone loves the dark mornings and afternoons! Not everyone likes the cold, wind, rain, and possible snow! Winter often brings seasonal viruses such as colds and flu which can often turn Christmas into a family hotbed of sneezing, coughing and generally feeling very sorry for ourselves!
For people who suffer from SAD, winter is a tough time to get through. Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that normally falls along seasonal timings, most acutely experienced during the winter months. Those who suffer often use light therapy to simulate sunlight exposure.
Christmas can also bring a lot of pressure on families. Relationships with family members can be stretched to the limit as we are often forced to spend time with people we might only see at this time of year. For the lonely, Christmas can also heighten feelings of isolation, particularly for the recently bereaved.
It also brings financial pressure. The cost of food is rising and along with the expectation of buying gifts, attending Christmas parties and Secret Santa presents for colleagues, many people find themselves maxing out credit cards at this time of year.
However, there are still many things about winter that do make it the most magical time of the year. The possibility of snowfall so we can build snowmen and go sledding is always exciting for kids and big kids alike! The fresh beauty of a crisp, frosty winter morning. The welcoming sight of festive lights being strung from neighbourhood homes and trees being decorated with baubles and flickering lights.
It is a time to eat, drink and be merry, no matter how dark and cold the weather might be outside. It is a time for giving and receiving gifts, no matter how small. It is the thought that counts and a genuinely heartfelt gift does not have to cost a lot. Why not consider making a homemade gift that really comes from the heart?