Not much snow on the ground here at this time. About four inches, and by Christmas we probably won't have any snow at all left. It's supposed to get up in the 50's that day.
Am I complaining? Not really. I'm glad that the weather won't be too snowy or icy for those people that will be traveling for the holidays to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones.
We had snow a few weeks ago. But then our temperatures would fluctuate and we would get rain. So between the warmer temperatures and rain most of our snow is gone.
It got me thinking that Christmas isn't about the snow, the lights, the tree, the wreath, or the presents.
If there's no snow, there will still be Christmas. With or without snow, Christmas will come with all the busyness, stress, and preparations.
But, it's more than that and we all know it in our heart. It's about His presence, not the presents.
And how do we keep that Presence alive in us? With a spirit of giving throughout the year.
And it's not just the monetary giving. Your time is your most precious commodity. To give the gift of your time is the most precious gift you can share with others. You could volunteer at a hospital, in a school, a senior citizen center, or a animal shelter. You could shovel an elderly neighbors sidewalk, or take them to the store. There are any number of places where you could volunteer.
What's most important is that we keep the Spirit of Christmas in our heart all year long.
I hope that 2015 will be a year of peacefulness, good health, and hope.
|Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree. . . I think this tree would make a good Charlie Brown Christmas tree|
May the path you take today lead you to exciting places that fill you with happiness, peace, and blessings.
(With the exception of the last photo, the snowy pictures were taken a few weeks ago around the middle of December in our back yard. The last photo on this page was taken at our friends, Amy and Mark Himes, of Three Seasons Farm where we purchases our Christmas tree.)
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