Wintertime and the stuff memories are made of…

The Midwinter music video by Cosmic Hoot contains images that remind me of my winters as a child and those of my parents. I hope you will enjoy the nostalgic footage and perhaps recall some happy childhood memories of your own. As you gather with your family, have fun talking about what you remember about past winters and holidays. How much has changed or remains the same today?

The merry family gatherings,
The old, the very young;WhiteSnowBrightSnow
The strangely lovely way they
Harmonize in carols sung.
For Christmas is tradition time
Traditions that recall
The precious memories down the years,
The sameness of them all.

Helen Lowrie Marshall

Wintertime – As the rain stopped and the snow began to fall and accumulate, I watched out the window waiting with anticipation for the snow to get deep enough to make angels in the snow, snowball fight with my friends, build a snowman with my father, and grab the reins of my sled, push off with the heels of my boots to fly down the hill with my little brother as fast as my courage would allow.

Playing in the snow also meant that I had to endure wet itchy wool socks, hat and string-mittens, drop-fanny long johns, a bulky knit sweater under a thickly padded snowsuit that was nearly impossible to walk in. The longer I played in the snow, the hotter inside, colder outside, wetter and more uncomfortable I became buried under layers of clothes. I recall the smell of the melting snow and mud we tracked into the house and wet woolens hanging to air-dry… the stuff memories are made of.

‘Midwinter’ from the 2009 album ‘Christmas and Beyond’ by Cosmic Hoot. Music by M Luther and G Kirbye, arranged by P Stewart: