The Benefits of Snow

World Washed White
Never before has my world been so white. I look outside my window, and all I see is snow.
World Washed White
World Washed White

Snow on the balcony, even, a step beyond where I write. Sure, on a mountain pinnacle, overlooking the next ski trail to carve down a snow-covered mountain, I’ve experienced lots of snow. But the snow in Prague is different. For even though we have a deep blanket of snow now painting the world clean, ever-mysterious Prague is also shrouded with fog. It’s amazing, really. And in my mind, I continuously hear the great song by U2, “No Line on the Horizon”, because of the fitting name for my white world. There truly is no horizon line.


A few days ago, the thought occurred to me that I love living in a place with distinct seasons. Without four dramatic changes, I feel as if I haven’t had a year. But winter—well, it’s easy to bemoan, but I think it also has a few great benefits.


I’m quickly learning that to “drive” through two feet of unplowed snow is remarkably similar to off-roading. Fun, sometimes.


In winter, we can hibernate. All the usual demands of daily life somehow fade into winter’s chill. And we can rest, if we let ourselves.

Winter transforms the normal into a magical world of fairy-dust snow and architectural hoarfrost.

We can be kids again: skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and countless hours making snowmen, snow forts, snow angels … winter brings an uncommon youthfulness, one I cherish.


Winter ushers in quiet time for reading by the fire, steaming coffee to warm hands and friendships, and soft blankets under which we can snuggle little ones.

Winter gives us time to catch our breath and reprioritize the pieces of life most important.

Oh—and winter is a perfect time to write. So while I cozy up with a latte, blanket, and laptop to write, I’m grateful for winter and the opportunities it brings … time to slow down and fill back up.

Enjoy the snow … -Jennifer

Starting the conversation: What do you appreciate about winter?
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Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

4 thoughts on “The Benefits of Snow

  1. The pictures are lovely ! I came across your note while looking for topics on snow in Europe. Enjoy and thanks for the beautiful pictures !Sunny

  2. For first time I have discovered someone who puts into words my love for winter and the shorter days it brings. It seems few have a clue that it's a time of rest and relaxation and to reflect on God's blessings throughout the year. There's nothing more enjoyable than a late night walk in the park with the sound of snow crunching under your feet and the smell of a home fire burning in the distance. Thanks for sharing your work. It truly is enjoyable!Randall in Tennessee

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