Read the full entry for Christmas Day 1856 here:
Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.
The Blog of Henry David Thoreau: spirits up...Thoreau's Journal: 25-Dec-1856
I am coming down with the Solstice cold so am particularly grateful to be able to travel with Henry David through snowy Concord, Massachusetts, from the comfort of my bedroom. At my side: homemade ginger fudge, hot tea and mince pies, and a warm terrier. The sky is lightening and it has stopped raining. Perhaps I can muster a walk in the woods after all?