I usually feel a little bluesy the day after Christmas. After special time with family, watching excited faces open gifts, and eating to my hearts delight, there is always this sort of feeling of let down the following day. The anticipation of decorating the tree is gone and talks of taking it down for another year come up. It seems silly to turn on the outdoors lights. And the leftovers...well, it just not the same as the day before when we are waiting around with hungry stomachs. BUT, this Christmas was an exceptional one. Something happened here on Christmas Day afternoon that hasn't happened since the 1800's in my neck of the woods...we had a white Christmas! So, instead of the blues, the next day we woke up to just enough snow to sled in, build a snowman, and make snowballs. Because of the icy roads, we had stayed at my sisters house on Christmas night...so Ella got to enjoy the snow with her two girls! It was really special! Ella could not have had a better time in her little winter wonderland. She went down the hill on a sled like she's been doing it for years!
This makes me long for the day when we can take all three kids to Colorado and teach them to ski.
"Dance with me mommy?", she asked.
Walking in a winter wonderland with my little wonder
Just like Christmas, the snow did not stick around for very long. But, it made me think. What is it about a snow covered woods that is so appealing? I mean, its cold, wet, and messy when little boots track it back inside. But, something about snow just feels so peaceful, fresh...almost like a new beginning. I guess that is where the lyrics to a popular hymn come from that say (referring to our sin) "He washed them white as snow."
What a wonderful way to transition into 2011 after this very emotional and stressful year! Family, food, memories made...and snow...as if a sign from God that this is going to be a fresh start to an amazing year.