I wrote about the traditions that Christianity borrowed, noting that just as nature has four “seasons,” there are “seasons” in the Christian calendar.
Winter seems to be the “bleakest” season on the calendar in the Northern Hemisphere. During the winter the sun only shines for nine and a half hours, while the sun shines in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere for over fifteen hours. Winter is the coldest season, with temperatures falling below freezing during many days, even when the sun is shining. Climate change and global warming are doing their part to mitigate the extreme low winter temperatures.
People can find joy in the bleakest of times. Christmas festivities and gift giving are part of this tradition to get through the bleak cold winter months.