Winter Ends When You’re Ready

Around the time the Christmas Season officially ends at Candlemas, I usually regret it’s over. I wish we could start the season over and savor it again. I’m not ready to let it go.

This year I also found myself still perusing the December 2017 issue of Crochet World, well into February. Gemma Owen’s Holiday Wonderland Doily, with circular Christmas trees surrounded by a white border, and her poinsettia-themed Winter Cheer Centerpiece have made it onto my list of thread crochet projects for “someday.”

I also enjoyed the feature on the Red Scarf Project, which gives scarves to teenagers in foster care through Foster Care to Success. Foster Care to Success helps young people transition successfully from foster care to adult life through completing their education and learning to live independently.

Besides mentoring and scholarships, the program offers an additional personal touch in the form of signature Red Scarves made by volunteers and included in the students’ Valentine’s Day care packages. This simple gift tells a young person, “You matter. I care. You can do it.” I’m a firm believer in the power of individual acts of love and kindness and what they mean to us at just the right moment, so I was touched to read about this program.

The Red Scarf guidelines are simple and accessible for beginning knitters and crocheters, or for more advanced crafters looking for an easy, quick project that will brighten a teenager’s life.

Right about Valentine’s Day, something happens to my wish to hold onto Christmas a little longer. It may be the fresh feeling that comes from cleaning the house and putting the Christmas decorations away that gives me a forward-looking “lift.” Or perhaps it’s the “false spring” that often comes for a few days in February, bringing unseasonably warm and sunny weather and the earliest of the first spring blooms.

Either way, I begin to move on, ready for spring.

(I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post, and theĀ opinions and writing are my own.)

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