Eight Days of Christmas

Will it be white?

Many places are experiencing the cold of this years winter. Will snow come in time for Christmas?

Will the earth be covered with a blanket of White?

How many times as kids did we go to bed with no snow only to awake on Christmas morn’ with it snowing?

What about the many Christmas Eve’s we looked out and saw the snow starting to come?

Is that part of the magic of Christmas? It’s that what we anticipate all month? We must have snow it just isn’t the same without snow for Christmas?

Did Jesus have snow where he was the night he was born?
Is snow another one of those moments that came with the idea of Santa and his reindeer?

The most popular song of all times at Christmas is “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.”

Even in the movie White Christmas there was no snow until Christmas Eve when suddenly the chorus burst into song singing  Snow, Snow, Snow…….

Now all the ski runs are worried about enough snow for Christmas. Many haven’t even opened yet because there isn’t enough snow which I say good. Why don’t skiers stay home with their families and enjoy the day at home.

What about people who don’t live in snow country? They still enjoy Christmas without snow. They have their family traditions, special food, favorite activities, fake Christmas trees or Palm trees. The idea is to be together and forget about work.

I spent three Christmas’s in Mexico. No they know how to celebrate holidays.

All the factories close for a month. THey start just before Thanksgiving and go until the New Year so that families can be together and celebrate.

They not only celebrate the holidays but they also use this time for Weddings, Coming out Parties, Christenings and whatever else one wants to celebrate.

It is the time of year when all the families gather and make tamales, enchiladas, tortillas, sopas,  and every type of dish they are known for. The eat, sing, dance and drink for days.

Most of them have very little in the way of decorations and presents. If they are fortunate they might get clothes. However, they share their love, laughter and happiness of being together.

Many of them live humble and sleep on dirt floors if they even have a floor. We went to the Ranch for our first Christmas.

It wasn’t what you would picture of as a Montana Ranch like I am use to. However, it reminded me of the old cowboy bunks where the ranch hands slept. The roof was leaking and dirt on the floors.

I was fortunate enough to sleep in my car because of the lack of room. It rained all night and when morning came we packed all the families up and headed back to town on Christmas day. What normally would be a thirty minute ride became and eight-hour drive.

The river had flood and there was no going back the same way so it was go over the mountain through muddy clay roads.

There was no barbecue that day. A disappointed family having not eaten since early morning was getting hungry. I told my husband to stop at the first taco stand and buy food for everyone.

Our Christmas that year was taco delight, riding long hours, and being crammed in a van with all the babies, and women.  Did I mind ? No. We were together and I knew everyone was safe.

Did it ruin my Christmas no.

Returning to my mother-in-laws home in the city of Hermosillo the gifts we had brought for all were safe and dry.

We returned home laughing, singing and dancing.

Was there snow that year? No!

Was it cold? Only if your air mattress went flat on the cold tile in the middle of the night?

Did we have a wonderful Christmas yes.

For after all was said, and done we knew Christmas and Love was in our heart. The only sad thing for me was my sons didn’t join us on that trip and my heart yearned for them.

No matter how old or far apart you are. The love in your heart always pulls you together.

I am no longer married, and I no longer travel the roads of Mexico. However, I am glad to have experienced another cultures traditions in my lifetime.

I look around this wonderful country of ours and see many traditions are the same. Yet there are very special family customs that differ.  We learned from our parents what is truly important in our lives and we carry those memories and traditions forever.

We teach our children so that they can teach their children and keep the traditions alive.

We share who we are, what we are and what we believe in.

So it doesn’t matter where we are or if there is snow on the ground for we make our Christmas what it is. We make our traditions and our beliefs come alive. We share the love from our hearts no matter where we are.

So this year as you come together for love, gifts, and food; take time to think about the special moments you are sharing and your family traditions.

Enjoy the decorations, the laughter, the love and be blessed for the time that you all can be together.

Remember to take photos for memories for all to keep. If you are fortunate enough to have snow go outside and play in it. Have a snowball fight, build a snow fort, make angel wings, go sleigh riding. Take the family ice skating. But most important of all do it together for that moment will last a life time in your memory.

So as I close today I am leaving you with our song “Let it Snow”

Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
It doesn’t show signs of stopping And I’ve bought some corn for popping The lights are turned way down low Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
When we finally kiss goodnight How I’ll hate going out in the storm! But if you’ll really hold me tight All the way home I’ll be warm
The fire is slowly dying And, my dear, we’re still goodbying But as long as you love me so Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

May your hearts be filled with love. May your house be filled with joy. May this Christmas give you many blessings and may your yard be filled with snow.

Now as you finish up on those last minutes of hustle and bustle. I pray that peace and the love of Christ is with you and that the year 2011 comes to an end in a joyous way for you and all of your friends and family.

See you tomorrow 🙂

 

 

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