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First Snowfall Days
"🎶 Oh the first snowfall of the winter
Was a day that we all waited for
When it drifted to and fro
Why you should've seen the snow
It was near seven feet or more
By the old barn door
Oh the first snowfall of the winter
What a joy for a boy to behold
In each house you'll find a sleigh
That was waiting for this day
And of course, down the road a hill
For each Jack and Jill"
~ The First Snowfall, 1955
🐿️ 🌰 🌨️ ❄️ "Squirrels gathering nuts in a flurry will cause snow to gather in a hurry!" Industrious squirrels notwithstanding, in the northern hemisphere if you reside where snow is likely to fall, first snowfalls can come as early as late October or as late as the end of December, but on average, arrive by mid-November! First snow traditions include having two breakfasts upon waking to a first snow; toasting the first snow after dark with the beverage of your choice, letting the snow fall on you if possible; or turning your afternoon hot cocoa into Snowman Soup with a scoop of fresh fallen snow! Although first snowfalls dust and frosts most evergreens in a beautiful crystalline manner, the blue spruce sets off the fresh fallen snow most elegantly with its blue hues and snowflake-collecting needles, colours echoed in this beautiful tartan. Common everywhere in the northern hemisphere, the blue spruce (Picea pungens) is native to North America and found naturally as far south as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The Navajo and Keres Native Americans used this tree as a traditional medicinal plant and a sacred ceremonial item, giving twigs as gifts to bring good fortune. In traditional medicine, an infusion of the needles is used to treat colds and settle the stomach. The blue spruce has retained its good and healthful reputation in modern times as a symbol of pure intentions, as spruces in general represent generosity, enlightenment, protection, healing, and intuition. Has snow come your way yet? 🌲 💙 ❄️ 🌨️
This tartan is older design by Aljean of Vancouver, a fashion manufactuer in Canada (1968-1983).
One of the most well known spruce trees, Old Tjikko, is a 9,550 year-old Norway spruce, located on Fulufjället Mountain of Dalarna province in Sweden. Old Tjikko originally gained fame as the "world's oldest tree", however, Old Tjikko is, however, a clonal tree that has regenerated new trunks, branches and roots over millennia rather than an individual tree of great age. Old Tjikko is recognized as the oldest living Picea abies and the fourth-oldest known clonal tree.
Spruce tips are naturally high in Vitamin C and a good source for foragers who can identify them.
For more on the blue spruce in Native American folkore and medicine, click the needles!