In Chinese elemental theory, fear is the emotion associated with the Winter season. When observing the winter time, we see that things slow down and even freeze. The natural world is in a state of contraction and condensation. It is a time for conserving energy.
While the world outside us is slowing down, we are often hustling around as folks are apt to do during the holiday times: preparing for gatherings, navigating busy shopping centers, all on top of the year-round responsibilities of life, and perhaps fearing that we don’t have enough time in the day to do it all.