Ahhhhhh….the cold weather is here! All around the country the snow is falling and winter abounds!! Some areas are getting blizzards and pictures are popping up everywhere of mounds of snow covering doorways, hiding people’s cars and totally shutting down cities. Others are just getting light dustings of snow, while others who normally get mounds of snow are getting “a moderate 10-15 inches”, which to them is “not very much” (:)).
Here in Florida, we are getting white stuff, but it’s just the frost that is covering the ground in the morning due to our extremely cold temperatures (for Florida). Personally, I am loving it! I’m not really sure why I live in Florida because I’m extremely fond of the full-blown 4-seasons…well, at least 3 of them….Winter, Fall, & Spring (in that order). You can have the Summer, really, not my favorite time of year.
I think I have a little bit of after Christmas blues…just a touch. It always happens to me. I love the Christmas season…the excitement of the cold weather, the atmosphere of music, getting to wear sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves; these things all add to the charm of winter. I try to put a lot of thought and effort into Christmas presents to make sure that everyone gets something that they really really wanted and to bring in the sights and smells of the season with baking and evergreen & cinnamon scented candles, mulled cider, decorations of lights and tinsel and traditions of Christmas’ gone by. Then Christmas morning arrives and we normally take our time opening gifts, going around allowing one person at a time to open their gift so that they and everyone else gets to enjoy that gift to it’s fullest….
Then after the wrapping paper is all picked up, Christmas dinner is over and you sit there looking at the now empty tree…that’s when the teeny bit of the “after-Christmas blues” sets in. It’s all over with and we have to go back to work and life as usual. Seems a bit of magic is lost as time relentlessly marches on….
We have our own little Christmas magic living in our home now though. Well, okay, he was born in October, not December….but this is his first Christmas and therefore, he’s a Christmas miracle! Birth is a miracle…each time you look a new baby’s fingers and toes, his attention to everything around him and when you see his first smile and hear him giggle…the miracle becomes renewed over and over.
His name is Oliver Jude…he’s our little Christmas miracle this year and each time I look at him and hear his sweet cooing and laughter I’m reminded of this miracle of new life…fresh and perfect! Fresh and perfect like the love of God…God’s Christmas miracle to us came in the form of a little baby named Jesus who came to bring new life to each one of us. No more After-Christmas blues…I’ve written my way out of them. Focus on the miracle of life that is all around us and the new life we have through Christ…it’s a good day!
Merry Christmas Everyone!