Yuk! Winter in the city is grotesque. Grey, dirty snow, slush – things even smell as bad as they look.
Just after Christmas every year as a child, we went to my Aunt’s in the country for the remainder of the holidays. It was always mesmerizing how clean and WHITE the snow was! As city kids, to us, it was like being transported to a whole different world. Our faces were glued to the windows of the car in amazement watching our world transform from ugly city winter to the white country wonderland as we got closer and closer to our Aunt’s. We finally understood what all those lines in holiday songs really meant! “In the lane, snow is glistening”, “Jack Frost nipping at your nose”, “Where the treetops glisten”, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”
Everything was bright and white and clean. The roads were white, the snowbanks white, the trees and rooftops white. And white hills and fields as far as your eyes could see.
Upon arrival, we unpacked the car as fast as we could so we could get back outside and bask in the blanket of fluffy, clean, white snow. We made snow angels, snowmen, had snowball fights, and wrestled washing each other’s faces with snow. We didn’t even notice the cold and had to be firmly called to come inside when it got dark.
We had red, numb, smiling faces once inside and were overwhelmed with feelings of contentment as we warmed up. Followed by the best night’s sleep EVER!
We don’t remember much of what we received for Christmas when we were kids, but we will never forget the wonderful white, clean, snowy country memories.
For winter cottage trips, please check out our Renting in Winter post.