No-one seems to write about or celebrate the months of January and February. These are quiet months, months to be hurried and got out of the way, months with few celebrations other than family birthdays or St Valentine’s for those in the first season of love.
After the Christmas decorations are cleared away for another year the house is dark and drear. Some days it never seems to become properly light. There is little happening in the garden, river, wood or field. All is asleep and waiting for the spring.
So what is a home body to do to cheer up these cold dark winter days. The dark mornings and early evenings can hold their own warmth and comfort with the curtains drawn, candles lit and a snuggling on the sofa swathed in a quilt or throw. This is the time to read or hand stitch, to knit or crochet. To listen to the radio or watch some gentle television. Midsomer Murders, Miss Marple, Poirot and the like. Nothing challenging.
This is the time for good wholesome warming food that needn’t be heavy on calories. Roasted root vegetables, soup made from left over veg or bought in ingredients like butternut squash. A time to experiment making your own bread. Cottage pie, chilli, currys, lasagne, pasta bakes. All should be served with extra steamed winter veg to increase vitamin and fibre intake.
Find little ways to brighten up your home. Decorate a twig cut from the garden with yellow felt witch hazel flowers, pick up a pot of early flowering snowdrops from the garden centre, pick some winter flowering pansies and put into small jars of vases and dot around the house.
Make the most of Valentine’s day by making fabric hanging hearts or a heart shaped cushion. Bake some heart shaped biscuits or make some fabric roses. If you have no human to celebrate with thank the Lord for your friends, your pets and for Jesus Christ.
Don’t allow these two months to just slip away or rush past. Embrace the peace and quiet after the rush and noise of Christmas and New year. Use this time to recharge your batteries, dream and plan for the future. For me January is the month of lists – plans for the garden, plants to buy, presents to make, quilts to sew, trips to research. Take on a new project. My January project for 2019 has been to bake a different cake each week. So far orange drizzle cake and iced ginger tray bake.
And above all praise the Lord for a new year full of endless opportunities and possibilities given to you by His grace.