More than eight inches of snow fell in the Asheville area, beginning Christmas morning. We’ve had the occasional “white Christmas” here before, but this amount is a new record for us. It’s beautiful and peaceful (if you don’t have to drive), and–of course–conducive to writing blog posts.
As always, there a were a million things I wanted to get done before Christmas, but there’s only so much time, energy, and money to work with, and some things just have to wait. Here’s a Top 10 list, in no particular order:
- Send thoughtful, well-chosen Christmas cards with a warm, personal message for each recipient, on or before December 12.
- Bake cookies , bag them in festive cellophane, and give them as delicious little gifts of the season.
- Wrap each gift in pretty paper and ribbons (coordinated, of course), and enjoy the sight of them under the tree until Christmas morning.
- Attend a church service on Christmas Eve.
- Choose a name from a local “angel tree,” shop for gifts, and help make a disadvantaged child’s Christmas much brighter.
- Take time to think about the real meaning of Christmas and be truly grateful for all my many blessings.
- Go to at least one holiday event where, as my sister defines it, “a choir wears white tops and black bottoms and sings Christmas songs with an orchestra and maybe handbells.”
- Drive through neighborhoods and look at Christmas lights.
- Watch at least one classic holiday show or movie and recite the dialogue along with the characters.
- Keep the drama (shopping, baking, decorating, rushing around, spending money, battling crowds, worrying, hurrying, scurrying, grinching) to a minimum; keep the joy at maximum (Jesus as reason-for-season, sharing, caring, celebrating, singing, bells ringing, delighting in all the wonder of Christmas).
I accomplished some of these things; others may have to wait for next year. Regardless of whether or not I checked something off the list, though, it was a wonderful Christmas full of the people and feelings I love best.
Happy day-after-Christmas/Boxing Day to all–may your days be merry and bright!