Winter’s Children

Three years ago, I posted a series of articles on my then-blog, A Greener Tea. These descriptions of behaviour patterns in True Season children are funny to read now. They should be part of the body of 12B (it now strikes me that one could read 12B as “One to be.”), with some added observations about the adults they become.

Stereotypes are patterns that got noticed. There is no doubt for me that our colour genetics, body geometry genetics, and personality genetics are often transcribed together.

There might be some things you recognize. Don’t take anything personally. Remember that we are beings in perfect balance. Our negatives are simply the other extreme of our positives.


Winter Children

Photo: familylife

still, not manic, hard to take your eyes off the face with its ability to dominate all other colours in the photo

The drama and the trauma. Will not be controlled by parents, siblings, or anyone else. Cannot be approached with judgment. If that Spider Sense even twitches, in their either/or world, they’ll react like they’ve been attacked. There are no in-betweens here. Criticism isn’t taken well. Advice is best given in a very generic way, referring to someone out there who could possibly try to do the thing differently but of course, it would be up to them.

The power and the glory. Emotionally brutal. Can be single-mindedly intense adults once an idea takes hold.

Don’t care if they ride on the Children Camp float in the Old Home Week parade. But if they do, will ask why they could not have a float of their own. Don’t need to be on stage but are compelling to watch once they’re there.

Photo: redvisualg

a beautiful face whose colouring would overpower anything dusty

May appear cool and detached, but often beset with worry. Simultaneous inferiority and superiority complexes.

The opposite of nurturing. It is all about them. Ask her how her hair turned out today and she will tell you for half an hour. Might notice if you have hair for 2 seconds but wouldn’t have much to say about it.

Physically interesting to watch. Will choose furs, sparkles, satin, diamonds, you get the idea. Stock up on glitter. Boys look very good in dark suits and have the body carriage to pull off the look. Strike statue poses just buttering toast.

If she is suffering, you will know about it. She’s in control (while Summer is in order) and she is taking you down with her. The True Winter husband is much the same.

Have high expectations of what others should take from them, as opposed to Summer’s high expectations of what others should expect of themselves.

Photo: andreyutsu

a lot of colour in a face that looks more determined than gentle – a present or future Dark Winter?

Intensely creative. So perfectionist that they get in their own way.

True Winter is all about the opposite extremes. The recluse and the performer at once. Either they’re running a marathon or sitting on the couch eating pizza by the box, watching every season of The Biggest Loser. She somehow manages to be still as a statue and create drama all around her.


Winter Grownups

True Winter will sit immobile in the vet’s waiting room with their small dog, waiting to be called. She’s like a tuning fork, creating powerful vibration from slightest motion. Bright Winter will fidget a bit more, and when someone new arrives, her eyes dart to the door. The Dark is reading or typing, focused as a drill, her Autumn infusion putting time to use, feeling no remorse about ignoring everyone on behalf of productivity.

The wonderful Bernice Kentner of CMAS said, If you want a job done fast, ask an Autumn. If you want a job done well, ask a Summer. Bernice is so smart. And, we could add, If you want a Winter to do a job at all, there better be something in it for them.

Photo: meelin

focused and detached

A True Winter will arrive on time. There will be drama. She will have found some way to wear makeup to her colour appointment. There will be high heeled knee high boots, big belts and rings, a personality too big for the body, and dissection at every step of the process. Winter has to see her PCA with her own eyes or she will never be convinced. But once she sees it, she is not likely to question it again. Autumn is even less likely to dwell.

A Dark Winter’s husband, like many husbands, might discover more right brain in his forties. His attempt to talk about, gulp, feelings, meets with, Yeah, whatever, I was trying to talk to you about emotions ten years ago. Pass me that calculator, would you? Nevermind your fuzzy feelings here, from his ever-loving wife.

Photo: AKphotos

silent drama

Dark Seasons are the analytical processors more so than the emotional ones. They don’t tear easily, seldom cry. Faced with what seems to be excess emotion, they wait it out and only wade in if they have to.

Winter has no trouble getting rid of great Grandma’s plate collection that Mom passed on to her. She’s doing well to visit Mom or phone Grandma. Makes her connections so deeply that she can appear not to have any.

Photo: mrdisaster

any Season can have blue eyes, light in the Lights, hazy in the Softs, greenish (teal or turquoise) in the True Warms, and intensely coloured in the Winters

Wakes up in the morning thinking, Nobody’s going to tell me what I can and can’t do. Or else, Me against the world. Consider the Summer’s morning greeting of, If I am kind to others, they will be kind to me.

Can learn to soften their edges by impersonating a Summer when they feel the tension climbing, and be surprised at how much better the interaction went.

Bright Winter is amazing. As a child, the other girls were doing rond-de-jambe at the ballet barre while she was hanging upside-down by her knees. Today, she’s driving halfway across the country dragging a U-Haul, meeting a plane full of houseguests. She’s building an agility course for her dog and adding a new wing to start a home business. She moves from big thing to big thing, changing direction, keeping her foot on the gas. Her internal GPS recalculates fast. She believes the book entitled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – And It’s All Small Stuff. In her Winter take it or leave it world, she does not carry a lot of mind clutter. Maybe that’s why she looks better without a lot of clothing clutter.

Looks so good when she wears makeup to separate the features from the face – eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, lips, contour lines. Forget about traditional nudes and flesh tones, they’re as exciting as a dial tone compared to fuchsias, cherries, and pomegranates, especially if you’re over 25. Sheer products are a place to start. They’re not a place to stay. This colouring is extreme and can’t be turned down. Indeed, it will turn the makeup down. All Winter can control, balance, even suppress colour causing heathered makeup to look yet greyer and disappeared in 2.2 minutes. Soft/dusty/blended = meek/lacking/vague on a colouring whose perfection hinges on very opposite concepts.


Silent Beauty 


Makeup Colours

All Winter may have trouble finding saturated blush colours.

True Winter should look at MUFE HD2 and Clarins lipstick in Mystic Plum. Lancome Rouge In Love 379N is also great as a purple but those are easier to find; 185N is a great blue-based berry pink.

Bright Winter on the cool side would like the same MUFE HD2 blush. Lancome Clock Strikes 12 is a mid-grey eyeshadow that could work on all 3 Winters.

Dark Winter could look at lipsticks 22, 21, and 14 at the Body Shop. 21 is my favorite of the moment, not too dark, on the warm side, a great match with eleablake‘s Driven blush, these are the barely golden saturated coral reds that look so incredibly good on this colouring, among their best summertime colours.




8 thoughts on “Winter’s Children”

  1. wow. all I can say is wow.

    I am constantly awed at your writing and insights.

    …and I am constantly awed by a Winter’s/Type 4 (if you will) ability to hold their ground in pressurized situations, and the concurrent INability to flex and bend in order to DEpressurize a situation. :)

  2. Dear Christine, I am stunned yet again by the precision of your vocabulary, and the way you get straight to the heart of the matter. Every post you write is so… right! To be perfectly frank, I love to hear the Dark Winter point of view of other winters. My middle sister (younger than me) is a Dark Winter. Every single word you have written there relates to her unequivocally. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for helping me understand her even better. I’ll have to send you a picture some day- she is unbelievably stunning, even as a child, peoples mouths would drop open when they saw her. Men are speechless when they meet her. Yet she has the biggest heart and the sweetest smile in the world. She hates compliments with a passion. She is a statue. She is a tattoo artist, and they suit her (I hate tattoos- a Soft Summer trait? They’re too defined, too permanent). I’m sorry to rave about her, but it’s just that reading your post is like reading about her.
    As an aside, I love when you said “stereotypes are patterns that get noticed”.

  3. hello christine.i have a question to make just from curiosity(sorry if my english aren’t too good):which season is or at least tends to be the most overly analytical out of all 12s?i don’t mean non-emotional,i mean truly overly analytical,like-you know-they think every little thing just way too much and analyzing it-at least almost-by any possible view.thank you.

  4. Voodoo – I guess the stereotype would say Winters and Summers. Winters dissect the data, Summers explore the options.

  5. excuse me just one last question:you mean just true winters dissect the data all or 3winters?and just true summers explore the options or all 3 summers?oh,and i would almost forget…(i am so sorry because i don’t like bothering anyone with many questions,it’s just sometimes i feel the need to ask things even if those things are not necessarry but because for some reason they feel really important to me)can you please,please,please define the difference between dissecting the data and exploring the options?i am only asking because where i live at my maternal laguance isn’t the english and i am kind of confused by the meanings of the phrases-not in traslation but…um…the meaning(i hope i have interpret right what i wanted to say in here)…thanks once again very mush and i am sorry if my english weren’t too good

  6. OOOH! and there’s a buy one get one free deal on The Body Shop makeup today – online only. (7/9/12 – for future readers) Might have to pick up those suggestions! :)

  7. I’m very changed …when I was a little girl, my colour was softly, autumn’s, spring’s but now I look like more purely, clear. That is strange I think.

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