Saturday, 7 February 2015

Winter Wonderland


Since I last posted, the weather has turned cold and much of Britain has had snow. Our city had a few half hearted flurries but the white stuff didn't *pitch*, as we say in our part of the world, and soon melted.
In our area this weekend, there is a celebration of Winter Wonderland, lighted windows. It is a trail of shop windows that will be brightly lit and beautifully decorated and many residential homes are also displaying such windows and people are encouraged to walk round the large area of this trail and see the lovely displays. Quite a good thing to do on a cold winters evening, wrap up warm and look at something lovely instead of watching the condensed horror of the world's latest goings on, on the TV News. As it's Saturday night, there is also fish and chips to collect from our local shop.
Does your area do anything special to lift the heart on a cold winter's evening?


20 comments:

Rose said...

What a great idea! I hope you can bundle up and get out and enjoy some of these scenes, Maggie. We don't have anything like this here, but all the snow we've had means there are lots of unusual snowmen in many yards. My grandkids built a big football for last week's Super Bowl game:)

rosaria williams said...

What a lovely idea! Be careful on those slushy pavements.

dianefaith said...

Your event sounds lovely, and I hope you get to make that walk in the lights. We don't focus much on winter here, since it barely exists in middle Georgia USA. The daffodils are already beginning to bloom and in just 6 weeks our big event of the year will happen -- the Cherry Blossom Festival.

FeltByRae said...

Sounds like a lovely event; hope you get to enjoy it and that the weather stays ok for you

Sadly we don't have anything like this here, if we did it'd certainly get me out of the flat of an evening"!

Gosia k said...

Wow, what a great tradition.At my place we don't have any .. Next week is a Valentine Day and the last weekend of carnival...

Hilary said...

That sounds like a wonderful idea. Every town should adopt it. I'm out in the country and nothing is really walking distance except for the walk itself. ;)

Celia said...

Great tradition for the heart of winter. It must be a heartwarming sight this time of year.

Retired English Teacher said...

I like what you have to cheer. We have been blessed with temperatures in the 60's and 70's here. It has felt like spring. I am grateful we have had a mild winter.

Working Mum said...

That's such a great idea - I would love to join in and then go looking at other windows. Nothing like that round here, just trying to spot some early bulbs poking through the earth in people's gardens.

Shammickite said...

Winter definitely should be celebrated... after all it's here and we have to live with it, especially here in c-c-c-cold C-c-c-canada!
And it would be boring if it was warm and sunny all year round.... wouldn't it?

Leilani Lee said...

what a lovely tradition. In our little town they go a bit over the top decorating for Halloween, "Fall (Thanksgiving) and Christmas, but no decorating goes on just for the beauty of it. More's the pity. And it could be beautiful because the downtown section has these lovely old-fashioned street lights... oh well.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Not really - we've had a pretty mild winter so far. No real snow to speak of, and some warm days scattered in there (57 F tomorrow - 34 Celcius).

Wisewebwoman said...

We have weekly village card games through the winter and also celebrate Candlemas where little bits of the grease from a lit candle is put on hats and coats and shoes to keep evil winter spirits away :)

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Wendy said...

I think that's a lovely idea! How nice to walk through the town and enjoy all the pretty displays. Makes winter a little more cheery.

We have something called Winterlude here. Mostly skating and sledding parties in the day and in some places a torchlight parade in the evening.

I stay indoors. Brrrrr! But the children are happy to be outside.

Beryl Ament said...

Nothing Like that here, although there are always people who haven't taken down their Christmas decorations! Have to admit I am guilty: the front door is still outlined with greenery and I figure if I don't turn on the lights, no one will notice. It is too hard to get down. But I love your idea.

Suldog said...

We cheer ourselves up by being grumpy. I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it works for Bostonians somehow.

Mary Gilmour said...

Our village has a large snow party, with hot choc and a fire.
And one of the hamlets hosts a snow angel party.
Right now we are at the end of a snowfall and the sun is out and making the last few flakes glitter. There is a roaring outside that is JG with the big John Deere tractor, and an auger, blowing the snow off the lane and parking areas. That is how he celebrates, I guess.
Hope you both are keeping as well and as warm as possible.

cheshire wife said...

That sounds like a good idea if the conditions are right, but here we do not have street lights or pavements and there are actually very few houses.

Eddie said...

Yes . . . . very cold . . . but a little sun and then temps plunge again . . . roll on summer . . love Eddie xx

Eddie Bluelights said...

Last comment was from me . . x