Winter

The Beauty of Snow in Images and Quotes

by Seasonal Wisdom on January 28, 2014

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“Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns,” writes Jean Webster in the 1912 novel Daddy Long-Legs.

In honor of this extra-snowy winter—when even the South is seeing plenty of white stuff—Seasonal Wisdom dedicates this post to the beauty of snow, with photos from Our Life in Idaho blog and various quotes.

Come take a minute to remember how gorgeous a snowy winter day can be, especially when you don’t need to drive anywhere! All photos copyright Our Life in Idaho. Read the full article →

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The Firewood Poem

by Seasonal Wisdom on January 8, 2014

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When burning a proper fire, the types of woods you use matter a great deal. Which firewoods burn best? The Firewood Poem by Lady Celia Congreve gives helpful advice on this topic. This poem was believed to be first published in the Times on March 2, 1930, but it mentions old folklore and shares knowledge that dates back further than that.

See for yourself which firewood is “fit for a queen” and which one has “a bitter smoke, fills your eyes and makes you choke.” Read the full article →

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Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2013

From our house to yours, our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season — and a great start in 2014.  As the old weather proverb advises, “If Christmas day be bright and clear, they’ll be two winters in the year.” Stay warm and cozy wherever you are. For more holiday folklore, history, vintage cards and […]

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An Edible Seasonal Tablescape

December 10, 2013
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This edible seasonal tablescape was specially created by Nell Foster of Joy Us garden. The talented book author and professional decorator agreed to share her secrets with Seasonal Wisdom readers, so you can create this beautiful table decoration yourself this holiday season. On this project, Nell brings along the professional decorating skills she garnered while […]

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Chinese Solar Calendar: A Traditional Way of Looking At Time

December 26, 2012
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Contributor: As another New Year begins, it’s interesting to consider the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which featured 24 mini-seasons closely tied to what was happening in the natural world.  These 24 solar terms helped farmers remember their way through nature’s growing cycles. This sounded like a topic we had to explore further at Seasonal Wisdom, […]

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Vintage Christmas Cards – Part 2

December 21, 2012
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Another holiday season is here.  And it appears we have survived the “End of the World,” as Dec. 21, 2012 is nearly over as I write this post.  That’s a relief. Even though 2012 has been a rough year for many, it’s nice to know we have turned the corner, and that 2013 is nearly […]

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December Home and Garden Resources

December 1, 2012
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The month of December is a bit of a paradox. On the one hand, the month has the shortest, darkest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. On the other, this time is a wildly optimistic month when people surround themselves with bright lights, aromatic evergreens and festive activities. However you decide to celebrate […]

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New Year’s Guide

December 26, 2011
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Get your New Year’s off to a great start with these entertainment tips, along with fun historical facts and wonderful vintage cards from Riptheskull on Flickr.

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Vintage Christmas Cards of 20th Century

December 20, 2011
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Take a tour of vintage Christmas cards, and gather little-known Christmas trivia to impress your friends at holiday parties. Image courtesy of Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas.

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Five Feng Shui Ways To Create A Warm And Nurturing Home

December 9, 2011
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Just in time for the holidays, you’ll find expert Feng Shui tips for creating a warm and nurturing home during this stressful month. This guest post is written by NYC-based consultant Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui.  Photo credit Ann Bingley Gallops. The holidays are here, right along with the start of cold weather […]

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