My first reaction was an inward groan followed by thoughts of "Oh, man...here we go!"
But when I told Joelle to peek out the window and saw her reaction to it ~ with wide eyes and a huge smile saying "Oh, mommy...I l-o-v-e snow!" ~ I started to see it differently.
Basically what it comes down to is that we have no control over the weather. If it's going to snow, it's going to snow. So rather than be discouraged about it, I'm choosing to appreciate the beauty of it.
Not to say that I will never have moments where I'm sick and tired of the snow ~ and not to say that I'm not glad that there are only a few small traces of it left on the ground by now ~ but I want to use this sign of winter being around the corner to start getting into the Christmas spirit.
I used to be H-U-G-E into Christmas. In fact, immediately following Thanksgiving (CANADIAN Thanksgiving, which is in early October) is when I would pull out my Christmas music. Over the last couple of years that date has gotten later and later...I'm already a month passed my regular time of listening to it and my CD's have yet to be played. I want to change that this week.
I also used to wear Christmas socks starting at the first snowfall of the year. I probably had close to a dozen pairs. Now I have thrown out all but one pair (most of them had holes in them or just were too cheesy to actually wear anymore) and I usually only wear them on Christmas day.
So why have things changed? Why do I no longer put my music on in October and wear my holiday socks as soon as they come out of the dryer again and again?
I don't have the answers to that.
But I am going to do what I can to make this Christmas special. I want to s-a-v-o-u-r every moment of this beautiful Christmas season. It is, afterall, the most important birthday of all time ~ why not give it the celebration that it deserves?