Aw, man! I know. Here they are again, the inflatable outdoor decorations, except up-close and personal! How could I NOT include one in my 365 day project?! I like how the elves are wrestling over a package. Please, someone, save me!
Winter’s blessings, you ask? What are the blessings winter offers when all is frozen and cold?
Winter offers a cold beauty seen in no other way, the beauty of ice-encrusted evergreens glistening in the sunlight. Winter offers a cold backdrop to the warmth of the spring, summer, and fall times of the year. Winter offers hot chocolate and warm eggnog, piping hot soups, and animated conversations. Winter offers warmth in a fire, in a friend, in a lover.
When I drink a hot coffee in the brisk air, I appreciate the coffee more. When I sit near a fireplace with a friend, I feel the glow of the friendship. When I walk through a park, I marvel at the white-cloaked trees and frozen ground.
I do not deny there are negative associations with winter, but this isn’t about that. This is about winter’s blessings.
I used to attend a church, not because I’m religious, but because I love the rich, complex music that I only find in a church (and only in the traditional worship services). This particular church loved flowers and they loved their Christmas tree. At Christmas-time, no matter who you are in the Western traditions, the sentiment is about love. I wanted this to be softer than the the usual vibrant reds and greens. I wanted gentleness. I wanted to surprise so that, when viewed, “Love” becomes meaningful—if only for a moment.