The Christmas and New Year’s holiday rush has ended. Homeschooling began a couple of weeks ago and now it has hit…the Winter Blues. Blues? or Itch? Blues seem so negative and well that is because they are. To me, the itch is a new beginning, and that is a much more positive way of looking at this time of year. So what are the positives and how can we get away from looking at this time of year as the Blues? That is just what this is all about. Hopefully you to can go from thinking of the Blues to the Itch by the end of this post.
The Many Blessing of these Winter Months
House gets more Organized
As I have written about in other posts, our house gets more attention. Since we are inside most days, it seems like a bigger priority during this time of year. One of the posts I wrote was Small Space, Big Challenges – Winter Gear. Another was Small Space, Big Challenges – School Room, where I talked about our living room being used double duty as as school room also. If you haven’t yet, please take some time to check them out. They should give you some great ideas to help you in your own space. Next on my list of rooms to tackle is one of the boys bedrooms. I need to find a solution to the clothes situation. You might know the one, where you take the time to fold everything and put it away neatly only to have everything all mixed up and disorganized by the next day, all while you child tells you they don’t have or can’t find any clothes. Yup, that is the situation I need to fix next. We have some ideas and will be working on that next week. Do you have any organizational goals you could be working on?
Planning gets Accomplished
Since we are inside most days, and night comes so much earlier I have more time and energy to plan out the upcoming months. Not just the immediate future but also our summer plans, and thoughts on school curriculum for the next school year. Planning makes me feel like I am accomplishing something, even though the plans may change down the road. At least I am getting my thoughts out and in front of us, to start working toward them. Without a plan the summer just seems to come and go so fast. Do you have something you could be working on planning?
Craft Projects Come Out
Now is the time of year for the craft projects to come out in full force. I have one kiddo who really wants to learn how to sew. I do okay, but am not good enough to really be teaching him. So I will be looking into local sewing classes to bring him to, or find another mom who is way better at sewing than I to spend some time with him on a simple project. I have some knitting looms I got at a yard sale that I plan on pulling out and playing around with. Another project on the list is to start working on making a wool braided rug, like my Grandmother use to make. Even my husband has gotten the winter itch in this area. He was just talking the other day about trying his hand at soap making. Do you have an idea for a craft project you could be working on?
Being inside all together, especially with our small house, gives us more family time. Even if we aren’t getting along so well, we need to work it out quickly because there is no where else to go. The board games come out, the music instruments are practiced, the movie nights are scheduled, the dance games are played, and the more involved recipes are worked on together. Even our conversations grow. We take the time to talk about our dreams, wishes, desires and how we can get there. Out of all the times during the year, this time of year I feel like I know my family best. Summer is great for spending time together but it is mostly busy time, outside, and everyone is running each in their own direction. Winter gives us the time to be truly together and really focus on one another. Is there something you could be doing together as a family to bond more?
A Sense of Relaxation
With all the indoor activities and the early nights, there is a large sense of relaxation that comes during this time of year. Cozying up with a hot chocolate, slippers and a warm blanket, on the couch, with family is just a piece of it. The house getting organized, the plans coming together, the craft projects getting completed and the family time, are all accomplishments in my book. Knowing we have accomplished so much without extending ourselves is a huge reason for this sense of relaxation. Can you think of anything else that lets you feel like you get to relax more during this time of year?
I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:10-13 NLT
So while some will see this time of year as the Winter Blues, I like to think of it as the Winter Itch and focus on the blessings. Can you think of any other positives that come from being cooped up during these cold winter months? Please take the time to share below so others can make the most of this season.