We’ve officially turned the calendar page to December, and the countdown to the new year has begun. To help you get into the spirit of the season, and maintain a sense of calm as the holidays heat up, here are 10 cozy quotes celebrating this first month of winter.

“December has the clarity, the simplicity, and the silence you need for the best fresh start of your life.”

Vivian Swift

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

“December is the holdout month, all the others torn away.”

Anne Gisleson

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

John Steinbeck

“May and October, the best-smelling months? I’ll make a case for December; evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon.”

Lisa Kleypas
Pictured here: H.G. Wells’ 75th Anniversary hardcover journal

“Welcome winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.”

Terri Guillemets

“Yet my heart loves December’s smile
as much as July’s golden beam;
then let us sit and watch the while
the blue ice curdling on the stream.”

Emily Brontë

“I heard a bird sing
in the dark of December.
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
“We are nearer to spring
than we were in September,”
I heard a bird sing
in the dark of December.”

Oliver Herford

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”


“So quiet and subtle is the beauty of December that escapes the notice of many people their whole lives through. Colour gives way to form: every branch distinct, in a delicate tracery against the sky.”

Flora Thompson

What’s your favourite way to celebrate the winter season?


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