OK~ If you are like me, you are realizing that we are probably going to have a "brown" Christmas in Iowa. It is no secret that I am not a fan of winter, but I can tell you that a little dusting of snow on the ground for Christmas Eve would be ideal. We had a light dusting of snow the other day and we were left with this stunning sunset.
Last week I traveled south, to Florida. I met a local woman who said to me, "We have no lights out this year, as it's been too hot." So, as you can tell, there are a lot of people having a hard time embracing the Christmas spirit this year. We have come to expect snow, cooler temps and all those things that scream Christmas.
In the grand scheme of things, do we need snow or cold to be kind to one another? No, we don't. We also don't need snow and cold to be reminded that we celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas. We have been programmed to expect so many things in our society, that it's often easy to forget the real reasons behind many things in our day to day lives.
The spirit of giving is alive 365 days of the year. If we all took the time to think of others throughout the year, we would not feel so rushed on the days that rush up to December 25th. I have made a better effort throughout 2015 when it comes to connecting with people through snail mail and the like. Am I perfect? No... I truly have a LOT of work to do in 2016.
Just this morning I saw a friend post a request for gifts for teens and the outpouring of giving was fabulous. Social media brings a new avenue of awareness when it comes to reaching out and helping those in need. This particular family was homeless for part of 2015 and in the process of getting back on their feet. Because of social media and someone willing to share their need, this family will have a great Christmas. This, my friends, is what the Christmas season is all about.
I challenge you to put your smart phones down and engage in conversation. Several games of 500 will be played at our home with a few good laughs along the way. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?