Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Joy of the Season

I’m sitting here wearing a sweater, teeth chattering, fingers not wanting to move because they are ice cold, trying to write a post about my favorite Wintery things. Now why aren’t the ideas just spilling out faster than I can type them? LOL

I do love this season. We don't get much snow around the Houston area and the really cold days are few.  But there is something magical in the air at this time and if you pay attention you can feel it, see it, hear it. It might be difficult at times to overlook the chaotic shoppers or manic drivers, but the magic is still there waiting to be noticed. It might come in the form of a simple smile or polite nod. Maybe the extra effort made by a sales clerk to find that one last pair of shoes in the back. Heck it might even be the thoughtful act of a driver letting you actually pull out in front of them at a red light or the mall parking lot as they wave and smile. Honest. This really happened. :)

Then there is the sound of the Salvation army bells ringing outside the stores and the Angel trees set up around town to remind me that most people have a caring nature and given the opportunity won’t hesitate to help out those in need. I can see the smiles on the faces of those children who wouldn’t have a Christmas at all if it weren’t for the kindness of others. It truly is better to give than receive.

Getting together with family members you haven’t seen in a while is a great feeling too. Seeing how much their kids have grown and catching up on their daily lives is priceless. Oh, and I must not forget how my family loves to drive around and ooow and awwwe as we check out the Christmas lights and decorations. I’m amazed by the amount of effort and planning that goes into some of these. How do they get all those lights up and extension cords run in such a manner it doesn’t blow their circuit breakers. I’m still trying to find the string of lights that is tripping our GFCI plug when it rains. I must say the stomping back and forth out to the garage to reset the button is getting old, but I’ll find the culprit eventually and all will be well again. I must learn to plan better though. It never fails that I end up with two ends the same. No matter what you do they aren’t going to work together so it’s back to stringing them all over again. Do they a make a universal plug so it doesn’t matter which end you end up with? LOL

I guess what I’m trying to say is that my favorite Wintery thing, at least around Christmas time, is the joy and generosity it brings out in people. It’s there, I promise. You just might have to look a little harder sometimes.

Now get out there and spread some of that joy! :)


Heather said...

That's definitely my favorite thing about the season too! You're right, it's there, sometimes we just have to look harder.

Melissa said...

It's hard to remember sometimes. Especially during those busy shopping hours. I don't know what's worse. Traffic or the long lines at the registers. :)

William Simon said...

Here you go, Melissa!

Melissa said...

Thanks, Will!! Love it!! :)

Catherine West said...

I love the peace and quiet of the house at night, looking at the lights on the tree and watching the flames dance in the fireplace. Of course it hasn't gotten cold enough here yet for a fire, but I'm hopeful! Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

Welcome, Catherine! It's finally been cold enough this week for a fire almost every night. Very rare. It will probably be 80 degrees this weekend. LOL I've stayed up a little later at night after everyone else goes to bed just enjoy a few minutes of that wonderful peace you're talking about. :) Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas Too!!