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SnowChilly winds pushed and pulled at her coat, causing her to hold it just a bit tighter than usual. The temperature was surely in the 40's, if not colder. Letting out a huff that appeared as a puff of smoke, Rukia turned toward Ichigo and asked, "Does it ever snow here in Karakura? It's cold enough for it."
Looking up from the bag of cookies he'd been munching on, he replied, "It does sometimes, but it's rare. It only snows every few years at best."
"That's a real shame. It's always so pretty when it snows," she said.
"I'm glad it doesn't snow! It's nothing but a pain in the ass when it does! The snow builds up and blocks roads, and then it turns into brown slush. I still remember my mom yelling at me for building a snowman out of slush," Ichigo replied. Though in the beginning he sounded so annoyed by the frozen rain, a slight somber tone took over on the last sentence. A saddened look washed over his eyes when he thought of that moment.
Seeing such a sad look on his face hurt Rukia a b
There is no more stark dichotomy than the conflicting feelings we have about the wintertime. Many find the snow–blanketed landscape makes winter the most serenely beautiful of the seasons. But people die of exposure in the cold. The idea of being “snowed in” evokes thoughts of fireplaces and hot chocolate and snuggling under piles of blankets, of family reunions and gift–giving, and taking an annual “time–out.”
But it also means lost work hours and school days and danger should someone need to go to the hospital through white–out conditions on ice–glazed roads. Winter is the most beautiful but also the most dangerous season of the year. But for now… let’s just imagine that gigantic cup of hot chocolate we’ll soon be sipping by the fireplace, as we await our favorite snuggle–mate’s knock at the door…
“The Eskimos had fifty–two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.”
– Margaret Atwood
“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?”
– J. B. Priestley
“A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky—unbidden—and seems like a thing of wonder.”
– Susan Orlean
“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.”
– Andy Goldsworthy
“Advice is like snow—the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
December Monthly Theme, Snow and Christmas
In celebration of the Christmas spirit, we would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! In these features, we celebrate our monthly theme, "Snow and Christmas"! Animals love snow as these great photos show, it is playfully fun! Thank you so much for everyone who contributed to the another fun filled monthly theme. Be sure to check out our December Contest featuring your pictures taken in December.
Christmas Cuties IMerry Christmas Furrbie~ by SRZ-NuaroMerry Christmas an A Happy 2014 by CaryAndFrankArtsRing a Bell for Christmas by IreneShpakMerry Christmas by IreneShpakChristmas in the House in Big Oak by asiapasekNew Year's Kurama (digital version) by kira793Merry paw-mas by NamedaHappy Holidays by Nataly1st
Sleepy Santa Bunny by VintageWarmthChristmas cat by Alena-KoshkarSanta With Baby Deer by Alena-Koshkar
Christmas Cuties II
My first Christmas by Melusine8
Yawn evolution by Merry339Light up the room by lucytherescuedcat
Ready for New Years presents? by ZoranPhoto
Alice cat by DogHeartsKoalaSleepy Santa Claws 2 by x-xSpitFirex-x
Meowy Christmas by ibjennyjenny
Day 357: Santa Candy by poserfan-pholioI Love Winter 1324 by Sooper-Deviant
Christmas Cuties III
Christmas Cuties IV
Photo Shoot finished by Manu34Santa Alice by DogHeartsKoalaBengal And Christmas Presents Stock by FurLinedCute Little Gift by x-xSpitFirex-xI Found A Candy Cane by x-xSpitFirex-xChristmas Kitten by x-xSpitFirex-xLooking For Christmas Presents 1 by x-xSpitFirex-xWill you come Celebrate with us? by Crafty-lil-vixenWaiting for Santa by ZoranPhotoChristmas Kitty by lensladySmells like Christmas by hannesarusMerry Christmas from Reesey by BHicks
Selection from MyLovelyPet
Merry Christmas! *
Day 358: I'm dreaming of.... by poserfan-pholioGift-wrapping is tiring... by pergamjee
Kittens and Christmas by JaneEden
Merry Meerkat by joshpurple
Merry Christmas by Hadissima
Christmas time - Ceylon by DaphneWolfsong
Marry Christmas no. 2 by Calitha-Lena Fluffy Santa by kornrad Getting Nothing for Christmas by Nebey
Chinchilla: baby male standard 2014 by lilchilla21
Merry Christmas From Fred by BHicks
Happy St. Nicholas' Day by andersartigkeit
Merry Christmas! **
Merry Christmas by Wesley-Souza
Christmas by CindysArt Squirrel's Christmas by Cundrie-la-Surziere
Merry Christmas to all my friends by SoulcolorsArtsilent Night by mrscatsNoelalafenetre by roserika
German Secret Santa - A warmth in a cold night by NicoleSt Merry Mice by CAMartin
Merry Christmas by Nimrais
TIGGER by niveky
Christmas Magic by allison731
Merry Christmas! ***
Winter Wonderland by PittMixxPeace on Earth by muffet1
Cold Little Feet by ansdesign
Remember-me by JaneEden'Tis the Season by SilverTop Happy Holidays by pranile Downy-frost by JestePhotography
christmas puppy by jaelise
Raz by SecretPoet17 A Dog's Life by PinchOfPixelDust
Home AgainLocked doors. "Sold" sign. Broken window.
Shadows of a Broken HomeShe burned the last family photo.