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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas, in January

Pin It I made a promise this year…

That promise was NOT to take down any of my Christmas decorations or the tree until it snowed.

To me, it seems that Christmas and snow are synonymous; snow is the proverbial icing on the cake when it comes to Christmas. It’s the glittery star placed on the pinnacle of the tree. Snow is the marshmallows floating in a cup of steamy hot chocolate.

Unfortunate for this holiday, there wasn’t any icing, glittery stars, or marshmallow froth.

To be honest, it was kind of a letdown.

However, when I awoke this morning, I had a migraine. It wasn’t yet light out, and I stumbled downstairs for some new medication that I got from my neurologist yesterday afternoon. When I got to the kitchen, I glanced out the window to see that it was lighter than it should have been at this early hour.

I drew in a gasp of wonder.

Crystalline flakes were drifting from the skies, and the park behind my house was laid out before me, beneath a blanket of snowy white.

I watched the snow for a few moments and felt a smile creep up my cheeks.

I ignited the lights on my Christmas tree, and I sat in my living room with a slew of music from the holidays wafting about the house.

And so this morning I share the photo I captured, and a playlist of Christmas music just for you.

Merry Christmas…but better late than not at all.



Joan said...

Merry Christmas!

Your "fireplace" is adorable. ;)

Kalei's Best Friend said...

My mom use to leave Christmas up till the first week in January... When my own family moved into a cul-de-sac there seemed to be an unwritten rule amongst the men... first one to get the lights up the day after Thanksgiving... the first tree to be at the curb- which was right after the presents were ripped open, ornaments, lights stripped off the tree... that would be the wife's duty because by that time the females in the house were tired of the endless pine needles dropping, the endless watering of the tree..lol...
btw- i notice u have a huge enlargement of the photo i requested hanging over your fireplace!. I must say the 5x7 stands out just as well- colors are rich, J.

Shawna said...

I feel the same way... I just kept finding excuses to not take down my tree... no snow made this Christmas not seem very, well, Christmasy.

So I get up this morning before heading to work and I stagger into the kitchen wondering, why does the ground look so light outside since the sun wasn't yet up. Sure enough, there was a nice bit of snow dusted across the lawns and sparkling on the trees!

I ended up taking a two hour "detour" this morning on my way to work and drove out to the lake to take some pictures with the snow. After work I will go home, enjoy my tree for a few hours more and then put it away for the season... but, for now, I have a tree, there is snow on the ground, and there is magic in the air.

Just SO said...

Merry Christmas!! It has been a strange year without the white stuff around. I hope you enjoy the a cup of cocoa with marshmallows in it today as well.

Mindy said...

Love the photo.
As always your words paint a beautiful picture as well.

I'm glad that "Christmas" finally made it to your doorstep.

mCat said...

I can't believe you really kept all your decor up. I am impressed and in awe of your patience! Merry late Christmas JZ!

Emily said...

Love your picture!!

Who's your neurologist? I'll bet mine is cooler than yours. :)

Teachinfourth said...

Thanks for visiting, guys.

It's always nice to walk into the living room and not have that bare feeling when all of the decorations come down, you know?

Em - Your neurologist probably is...mine is Dr. Andrews. He's pretty okay, but we probably wouldn't hang out on a regular basis, you know?

Ruben Rivera said...

Thank you for visiting Heavenly Minded & Earthly Good. I just had to share Andrews' presentation with others. I hope to continue similar inspirational posts. For sheer laughs you might like my other blog Rattus Scribus. I also want to say, I think what you all are doing on this blog is great. I'm joining and will be coming back.

Karen Peterson said...

I'm late to the party here, but so glad you finally got your proper Christmas.

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