Thursday, May 5, 2016

Seasonal Jigsaw Puzzles


Fun and Interesting Facts about Jigsaw Puzzles

 

Source: Pixabay

Did you know that jigsaw puzzles have been around since about 1760?

Once upon a time someone painted a picture on a flat piece of wood, then cut it into small pieces with a jigsaw. Aha ~ now we know how jigsaw puzzles got their name!

The two most traditional subjects for jigsaw puzzles are castles and mountains, though nature scenes are also popular.

The world's largest jigsaw puzzle at the present time has 32,256 pieces and, when finished, measures 17' x 6' (as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records).  Titled Keith Haring: Double Retrospect, the images are a grid of 32 works from the late pop artist, Keith Haring.

Recently it has been discovered that doing jigsaw puzzles is one of many activities that can help keep the brain active and may contribute to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Jigsaw puzzles make great gifts and can be a wonderful leisure time activity for the whole family.  Let's check out some interesting jigsaw puzzles related to the four seasons of the year!


SPRINGTIME



Spring Garden Jigsaw Puzzle

First Day of Spring - 2016


The Spring Equinox for 2016 occurred on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. It's a welcome season after a cold, snowy winter.

We tend to consider Spring in the northern hemisphere as occuring during the months of March, April, and May, although many say that President's Day in February marks the beginning of the Spring season here in the U.S.  Of course it all depends on your specific climate and weather conditions for a particular year.

Spring brings us the Easter Holiday (March 27, in 2016) and May Day on the first of May. April showers and May flowers, springtime birds and butterflies, all are signs of Spring which make beautiful scenes in jigsaw puzzle form.


SUMMERTIME.... AND THE LIVING IS EASY! 

 

Summer Days at the Seashore
The Summer Solstice begins on June 20 in 2016.

Summer, according to meteorologists, occurs during June, July and August in the northern hemisphere.  Here in the United States, we often associate summer with beginning on Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May) and ending after Labor Day (first weekend in September).

Summer - my favorite season of the year. It's the season of baseball and the 4th of July. Warm days, beach days, vacation time and a time to be lazy. Jigsaw puzzles fit in perfectly for soft summer evenings as the day winds down, or for rainy day activities. I love summer!


AUTUMN, FALL, HARVEST TIME


Autumn Reflection Jigsaw Puzzle
Fall Equinox

In 2016 the Fall Equinox will occur on September 22nd. The season is known interchangeably as Fall or Autumn. It's also harvest time.

Fall is filled with pumpkins and Halloween, cooler days and colorful autumn leaves, turkeys and Thanksgiving. It's a bountiful season and a jigsaw puzzle in an autumn theme makes for a pleasurable pastime.


WINTERTIME

 

Winter Paradise in a Puzzle
Winter Solstice

December 21st is the First Day of the Winter Solstice in 2016. What first comes to mind when we think of winter is snow. If you live where it doesn't snow (as I do in the southern U.S.), you need a way to capture those gorgeous winter scenes. Jigsaw puzzles are a wonderful way to do that, bringing a bit of the 'winter wonderland' into your home.

Wintertime brings us the holidays of Christmas and New Year's.

 

This is what Christmas looks like at my house in Georgia!




Christmas Palm Tree Puzzle
Christmas Tropical Palm Tree
*Puzzle by Christmas_T-Shirts on Zazzle

My southern state of Georgia is in a sub-tropical zone and our average December-January temperatures are around 60 degrees for highs (average lows sometimes 38-40). Any above-freezing temperatures in winter are perfect for me... and is the reason I retired to a 'winter-less' spot. :-)


Wintertime Holidays


The season of Winter has many holidays. Besides Christmas and New Year's Day, we have Valentine's Day on February 14th. Then St. Patrick's Day brings us to the Month of March where we find 'the season of winter' winding down.

Celebrate the end of the Winter Solstice and look forward once again to the season of Spring with a colorful themed jigsaw puzzle!



On January 29th...


Celebrate National Puzzle Day



by working a Jigsaw Puzzle!



*This article was originally published on another site - © 2012 Wednesday-Elf

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful puzzle choices! Just yesterday I was thinking about setting up a table for jigsaw puzzles. My old brain could use all the exercise it can get!

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    1. Working jigsaw puzzles is a GREAT way to exercise your brain, Susan, besides just being a lot of fun! Thanks for visiting.

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  2. What beautiful jigsaw puzzles! I need to grab one myself, then sit back, relax and enjoy watching the beauty come together before me. They are all lovely, but the Autumn Fall sure grabs my attention.

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    1. I love that Autumn leaves puzzle, Mouse. Nothing prettier than the leaves in the Fall. What I enjoy most about working jigsaw puzzles is watching the pretty scene evolve.

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  3. I didn't know that the largest jigsaw puzzle was that big.....you learn something new every day....

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    1. Olivia, can you imagine how LONG it would take to put together that 'largest ever' puzzle? :) Thanks for visiting.

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  4. One of my favorite things to pass the time away! I am partial to the Spring and Summer jigsaw puzzles that you are showing here. You have made me want to get a new puzzle to work.

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    1. Working jigsaw puzzles is one of my favorite pastimes too, Beverly. We once had a jigsaw puzzle going every day for a whole year! As soon as one was done and put away, we'd begin another! :)

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