I have been re-reading this lovely book this week, A Country Christmas, by Miss Read, which always makes me feel all warm inside at any time of the year.
Here are a few words from the introduction:
"Winter may not be everyone's favourite season, but of all the year's festivals Christmas takes pride of place, and has lost none of its magic.....partly because we hark back to the excitements of childhood Christmases but also because we look forward to renewing friendships and to taking part in the foremost of the church's festivals.
But the fact that Christmas Day falls in the dreariest time of the year also highlights its impact. We are usually in the grip of the winter's cold, early darkness, frost and snow, and all the ills that they bring. Doubly precious therefore are our domestic comforts - a blazing fire, sustaining food, the comfort of friends and, at the end of the day, a warm bed.
Outside, the winter landscape has a beauty of its own: bare branches against a clear sky, brilliant stars on a frosty night and perhaps a swathe of untouched snow.
But these beauties are best when seen from the comfort of one's home, with a good fire crackling and the smell of crumpets toasting for tea.
That is the charm of the winter season, the contrast between the cold and the warmth, the light and the dark. I hope that you will enjoy Christmas and the wintertime in the book before you. Miss Read, 1991.
Doesn't that make you feel all warm and cosy inside?!
Enjoy these wintery days, with their own special beauty.