"Since people have to stay indoors in the freezing cold weather, many kinds of entertainment have been invented to help pass the time. One is painting to welcome spring. On the Winter Solstice, people hang an unfinished painting on the wall, which contains a plum tree and 81 uncolored flowers. Everyday a flower is painted red and when the whole work is done, the bright blossoms indoors will meet the early bursting buds outside the window."
Source: Hao Zhuo. "Winter Solstice." ChineseCulure.about.com.
Take a walk around the block, gather around your fireplace, have a dinner and light candles, watch a movie you know you will both enjoy, look at garden catalogs if you like to garden. Enjoy some hot chocolate. Find simple ways to enjoy the season!
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