Winter is the coldest and yet the most beautiful season of the year. Winter is the time when the days are short and nights become very long and it is also the time when most of us enjoy a holiday traveling with family and friends or just curling up in bed with a favorite book and a piping hot tea! This season is also among favorite ones in Israel that is why the next stamp issue of Israeli Postal Service is dedicated to this beautiful time of the year.
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"The chill of morning, the shriek of the crow, the urbanite – and Ikcheh. And I know not why holiday joy suddenly came upon me" wrote poet Haim Nachman Bialik (from Songs of Winter).
Winter the scenery of which we can contemplate on this seasonal stamp is the coldest time of the year, and it brings the rain. Each year we wait and hope for abundant winter rains and look forward to using our warm blankets, boots, umbrellas and coats. "Come rain!" sang the IDF Nachal entertainment troupe, lyrics by Tirza Atar and melody by Alona Turel.
Snow falls in Jerusalem and on the high mountain peaks. Water gushes in the rivers and even in the previously dry riverbeds. The Israeli landscape turns from dry grey to bright green. The green orchards are dotted with orange and yellow citrus fruit.
The days grow shorter as the nights lengthen. But we still enjoy clear warm days, as opposed to countries far to the north where the sun barely shines at all during the winter months.
Good visibility, clear crisp air, the "smell of rain" – and the green landscape fills with flowers: Shoshana Damari sang "Anemones, anemones, reddish red-haired anemones, graceful anemones" in the wonderful song by Natan Alterman and Moshe Wilensky.
Leah Naor and Moshe Wilensky wrote the theme song for the children's television program Carousel, which described the seasons of the year:
"So come whirl round on the carousel
Down and up and all around,
So come whirl round on the carousel
In summer, winter, autumn and spring…"