I understand the instinct to brighten up the middle of winter with a holiday. But when I look around at the blow up lawn ornaments, the strings of gawdy tinsel laced christmas paraphernalia and the glittery china-fabricated accessories, I can't help but see the starkness of winter even more!! Winter is not a bad thing to me. It makes spring and summer feel so wonderful and winter is a somewhat introspective time. I like dark winter clouds that bring in silent swaths of snow and tinny sounding freezing rain. Velvet ribbons are no match for this bleak weather.