December 12 – Winter Wonderland
Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand.
A veil of wonder laced in light
Falling Gently on a winters night.
Graceful beauty raining down
Giving magic to the lifeless ground.
Each snowflake like a falling star
Smiling beauty that’s spun afar.
Till earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night.
By: Linda A. Copp
I live in Texas and not the Central or Northern part that usually gets snow. I am in far West Texas. I have been known to wear shorts on Christmas Day. I even have family that goes to the beach for Christmas Day pictures. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some positives for a warmer Christmas. However, singing Christmas songs like “Let it Snow,” “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” and “Frosty” just doesn’t have the same feel as it would if I were surrounded by “winter.”
So what would my “perfect” winter day consist of? I am not too ashamed to admit that I would LOVE to be able to have one of those “perfect, Hallmark Channel Winter/Christmas movie” kind of day. <3 I mean, I am a Texas girl that sees snow, actually sticking to the ground, maybe once every 4 years so if I am dreaming about my “perfect” Winter day, let’s go big or go home. 😉
First, I would rent a beautiful little cabin in the woods. Of course, the cabin would be covered in snow. I could look out every single window and see crisp white for miles and miles. The green trees would be covered in snow and ice. A fire would always be burning in the fireplace and homemade hot chocolate would always be being kept warm in my crockpot, making the cabin smell so good and we would never run low on marshmallows (of ALL sizes!) Handmade blankets (like the ones my grandma use to make) would be piled high in all the closets, so we would always have blankets to cuddle under.
My family and I would wake early with anticipation. We would head into the kitchen to eat homemade hot cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate. After breakfast, we would all get bundled up and head outside. To do list in the snow is as follows:
- Build a snowman
- Have a snowball fight
- Go sledding
- Show my boys how to catch snowflakes on your tongue
- Make a snow angel
After a couple of hours in the snow, we would head into the cabin to warm up a bit. We would eat grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup by the fireplace. Then we would head into the small town that is just up the road from our cabin. We would go ice skating, because, of course, they have a frozen lake. <3 (I mean, it is practically in every Hallmark Channel movie.) Once we finished skating we would take a sleigh ride through the small town and surrounding woods.
Then we would head back to the cabin and bake homemade sugar cookies. Once the cookies were cooled we would all decorate them and eat way too many! 🙂 So many cookies that no one would be hungry for dinner. So we would all take warm showers and put on our warm flannel PJs with our bright Christmas socks.
Then we would pull out some of those handmade blankets from the closets, cozy up next to the fireplace, and read A Christmas Carol. No one would want to go to sleep because we had such a wonderful day and we wouldn’t want it to end, but soon with the warmth of the fireplace and the soothing words of the story, my boys would soon start to drift off. My husband and I would carry them to their beds. My husband would go on to bed and I would spend a little time alone, watching the beautiful fire, with a mug of hot cocoa in my hand, thanking the Lord for a perfect day in “Winter Wonderland.” <3
How do you like to spend your Winter? What is your idea of a Winter Wonderland?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6