I also welcome the winter. In the past I have always dreaded winter looking at it as a dark, dead and cold time of year. I used to really get the winter blahs terribly. Getting involved with the Eastern Native Tree Society a little over three years ago helped change that. They promoted activities that got me out into the winter forest more and I come to realize that the winter forest had a beauty all it's own. It is only asleep. And it is this time of year that the Holly is in all her glory. I had not been in the winter woods so much since my youth. It was a re-discovery. For the first time in many years I did not dread winter this year. I look forward to it.
" May the Holly King rule! "
By the way, it's a wonderful poem.