Praise Winter’s Glory

The great Bill Veeck famously said, “There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball.”

As a baseball fan myself I can somewhat relate to the sentiment. Winter. Ugh, winter. That bleak dormant interval between the last out of the World Series and the first pitch of opening day. Winter gets such a bad rap from so many corners. The short days and limited sunlight dampen our mood. The cold weather forces us to put on uncomfortable restricting layers of clothing (my personal pet peeve). Fanatical baseball fans lament winter. Beach bums lament winter. Folks who suffer from “seasonal affective disorder” lament winter. Even hibernating bears lament winter so much that they curl up and sleep through the whole damn thing 😆

I think we could all learn a lesson from pagans, who know how to extol winter’s significance through their sacred celebrations of the solstice. From Stonehenge to Guatemala to Morningside Heights, it’s a hell of a party. Here in NYC, the Paul Winter Consort has been commemorating the winter solstice for the past 16 years with a glorious annual concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in upper Manhattan.

For those who haven’t been to St. John the Divine you are missing one of the most spectacular, spiritual, and magical places in New York City, if not the world. It has been under construction in perpetuity for 100 years and will likely remain forever unfinished. That’s part of cathedral’s charm, believe it or not. You often hear in conversations, “Have they finished St. John the Divine yet?”. Answer: “Nope. Still working on it.”

The solstice is arriving today in the Northern Hemisphere. Last year saw a rare winter solstice event – the miraculous coinciding with a lunar eclipse . To celebrate today here is a great video, also from last year, of the Paul Winter concert at St. John the Divine. Absolutely worth watching not just for the music, costumes, and dance, but to chase away the winter blues. Everyone, rejoice! Remember, the sun will be re-born and the light will return. And so will baseball 🙂

13 thoughts on “Praise Winter’s Glory

  1. Dave Rudin says:

    The days of winter may be short, Claudia, but from today onward, they begin to get longer – so try to be optomisitic. 🙂 (Then again, if you’re thinking about the Mets……..)

    • artmodel says:

      Dave,

      Yes, any optimism I can muster is quashed by thoughts of the 2012 Mets 😆

      But this is life as a Mets fan, no? We should be used to it by now.

      Thanks for your comments!

      Claudia

  2. Steve Y says:

    For us hardcore folks there is the Caribbean World Series beginning on Feb 2nd. We plan to visit the cathedral over the holiday, looking forward to it. Enjoy the time-off and have a blessed christmas…

    • artmodel says:

      Steve,

      The Caribbean World Series is definitely hardcore!

      I’m delighted that you’ll be visiting St. John the Divine over the holiday. You’re gonna love it. Be prepared, it’s HUGE. The largest Anglican cathedral in the world I think. It’s at 112th and Amsterdam. If you’re using the subway, take the 1 train to 110th St/Cathedral Parkway.

      A blessed Christmas to you too, friend.

      Claudia

      • Steve says:

        Claudia, thank you for the directions. As for the Mets, I know it’s painful when a team is in rebuilding mode. However, take heart at least they weren’t anointed as the media’s “paper champion” prior to the beginning of last season as my team was only to crash & burn at the end.

        I have to say that when the Red Sox go down in flames it’s always spectacular fashion. No other team can match it…

  3. Ron says:

    Looking forward to watching the Reyes-less Mets all Summer? We Mets fans truly are masochistic…or incredibly loyal…or both.

    • artmodel says:

      Ron,

      Let’s say both, because the masochism without the loyalty would be really, really pathetic 😆

      No I’m not happy about the Reyes-less Mets. I was against letting him go, but many fans are ok with it. Either way, I’ll be happy when baseball season returns.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Claudia

  4. Brian says:

    So, Claudia – I have to wonder…which is worse (or should I suggest, painfully longer) – winter or baseball season as a Mets fan? 🙂

    • artmodel says:

      Brian,

      Oh snap!! Good one 😆

      The sad part is that I actually have to think about my answer! I’ll just say that baseball is better than no baseball.

      Merry Christmas sweetheart, to you and your family.

      Claudia

  5. Jennifer says:

    Lovely video – have a great Christmas!

    Looking forward to your 2012 posts …

    Jennifer

  6. Karen says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas! You might be interested in these winter images: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/12/picturing-winter-a-solstice-celebration

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