(Note from Mama’s Empty Nest: During this busy Christmas season, I’m reposting blogs from several years ago. If you missed why, please click on this link for my reasons. The following post is from December 2013.)
I’ve been under the weather in more ways than one. Relegated to our family room’s comfy couch, I’ve been down with a nasty cold/flu bug for several days now.
Just lying around and vegetating (usually with the cat sleeping on top of my stomach or curled at my side), my brain’s been saturated with fog preventing me from taking advantage of the down time to write some new blog posts.
Nope, no creative juices to be found. All I could manage was listening to my Pandora Christmas music station or the one on cable TV, watching a plethora of holiday movies, and thinking about all the things I should be trying to accomplish for Christmas like gift shopping, wrapping presents, and making a grocery shopping list.
As I muddled through the fog that enveloped my brain, I peered out the window to watch snowflakes flutter and fly through the air.
Snow moved into my neck of the woods and it set up housekeeping. Often I left my perch, flung open the door, and just stood there wrapped up in my warm, tattered robe taking in the magnificent show nature performed for me.
Sometimes tiny specks of icy snow that are almost not perceivable dropped from the overcast sky. Other times sizable cottony fluffs floated and danced through the air on their spiral downward.
Sometimes snow fell in an almost lazy we’ve-got-all-the-time-in-the-world way. Other times it sped up and descended so fast and furiously it produced a white-out effect.
Snow frosts our shrubs like icing drizzled over a cake. It buries our driveway until the only way I can ascertain where it’s located is by the reflector poles hubby placed at one edge of the drive for that purpose. At night, our outside Christmas lights reflect through their blanket of snow and it truly does look like a winter wonderland.
Lots of folks here complain about the snow, they complain about the cold, they complain about the messy roads. I don’t. I like snow. I like the cold temperatures. And as far as the roads go, hey, it’s winter in western Pennsylvania, what do you expect?
Of course, like the old song says, I’ve got no place to go so why not let it snow. And it does. It snows and it snows and it snows and I wonder will it last until Christmas? And as it does so often, my mind reverts back to the past just as quickly as if the Ghost of Christmas Past was whisking me there.
After all, with my achy body and profound lack of energy induced by illness, I have time on my hands to take a few mental excursions since those are the only trips I can muster.
I remember so many of those magical white Christmases of yore. But I also remember those out of the norm times when temperatures were spring-like and December 25 proved to be a green holiday. But mostly, I remember snow decorating the landscape at Christmas time.
Back when our three were little tykes, I vividly remember one Christmas when we lived in the Midwest. That year, we were not able to travel back to our home state to visit our families for the holidays.
Instead, we would celebrate our Savior’s birth alone with just our family of five. On Christmas Eve, the kids were so wound up with excitement they could hardly contain themselves. And that excitement turned into sheer joy when we looked outside and noticed it was snowing!
We woke up Christmas morning to a world filled with white – just like a snow globe. Since we had no extended family coming nor were we going anywhere, we spent a leisurely, relaxing Christmas Day in our pajamas opening gifts, exclaiming over the joy of both giving and receiving special things, and playing with our children and their new toys.
Then we all bundled up in our winter wear, piling on hats and scarves and mittens and boots and all five of us ventured outside into our winter playground to frolic in the snow. It proved to be a special Christmas that will always remain etched in my snowy memory bank.
Snow and Christmas. Christmas and snow. They seem to go hand in hand in my mind. Maybe that’s why I love snow so much. It always reminds me of Christmas – a season of love and joy and giving…and light.
The Light of the world given to us on that special night. What reflects light better than a covering of snow? Last night when sleep eluded me, I noticed how bright it looked outside with the moon reflecting off the glistening snow.
And this all comes to my mind as I wander into the living room, sit quietly in the chair by the window, watching the snow swirl and twirl. Glancing at our glittering Christmas tree, I catch sight of an old treasured ornament hanging there.
A smiling snow man face with a black top hat that adorned my parents’ Christmas tree when I was a kid grins at me. Dating back to the late 50’s or early 60’s, somehow it managed to survive all of these years unbroken even though it’s made many moves from house to house, state to state, since I acquired it.
Mr. Snow Man looks a little worn from his many years but from his spot on our tree, he faces the window where he can see the wintry landscape outside and he smiles. It’s as if he says, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
And with that, let the heart-warming memories of happy Christmas times descend right along with the snow. Let it snow memory after memory. Suddenly, I don’t feel so under the weather after all.
“Oh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful and since we’ve no place to go…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” ~ Sammy Cahn