Thankful for Christmas
Perhaps it’s the sudden cold weather we’ve had in my part of Ontario, or the dusting of snow, but I’m in the mood for Christmas. So here’s my list for this week’s theme…
Five Things About Christmas That I’m Thankful For:
- Christmas Carols. Every year there is an ongoing debate and griping about Christmas music starting too early, blah, blah, blah. Aren’t there more serious things to complain about? Come on. Christmas music is generally cheerful, pretty and nostalgic. It has its season and then is gone for another year. Relax. Enjoy it.
- Outdoor Lights. I used to prefer only white lights, but over the years I’ve come to appreciate the twinkle of red, green, blue and purple at night. Every town has a section that’s known for elaborate decorating. Where we live, the houses along Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River put on quite a show. It’s a tradition to take a late night drive to enjoy the view.
- Church Christmas Pageants. What could be more adorable than toddlers in angel wings and halos? For years, we had a creative woman at our church who would write her own Christmas plays with specific members in mind. It was always interesting to see what roles she dreamed up for whom. I also cherish that it is a time to come together as a church community and to also welcome visitors to join in worship.
- Dinners. It’s such a cozy feeling to dash from your car in the winter to a warm house with the inviting smell of turkey, potatoes and cider to greet you. It’s also the one time of year, when we put our busyness aside and make an effort to sit with people we may not have seen all year.
- The Greatest Gift of All. When the trees are taken down, decorations are put away, carols have stopped playing—I’m still in amazement of that silent night, holy night.