winter bleak

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.