Yesterday we got our first official snow of the season. We had a few flurries the day before thanksgiving but this time we got awesome snowfall that stuck to the ground, coating the city with a layer of cold, white awesomeness.
Something about the snow ushers in the Christmas spirit for me in a way that even trees and decorations aren't always able to. Somehow the snow manages to wash away everything the fall left behind and makes me truly ready for Christmas.
And ready for Christmas I am; I love the gifts-for others, of course-the food, the music, the decorations, and most of all, the spirit that seems to transcend over everyone. For the next month or two, saints and sinners alike tend to forget their differences and embrace each other all in the Christmas spirit.
Everywhere you look, people are jolly, in the past month I've had longer conversations with strangers about toys than I've had with people I've known for years. Elderly ladies chat with me about their grands and younger women talk to me about their kid's wishlists. It's an atmosphere I wish could last forever.
But sometime in January, the Christmas season will come to a close. The decorations will be put away, the weight gained over the holidays will be lost at the gym(hopefully) and unfortunately the love, joy and hope that we share during the holidays will be forgotten, cast away in our busy lives.
But I want to make 2014 different. I want to stop elderly ladies and ask about their great-grandchildren. I want to chat at the supermarket wherever I'm waiting in line or not. I want to stop whenever I'm doing and show people that the love of Jesus shines through me, not just for a few months but the whole year. That though I have hard times and problems in my life, everyday with Jesus is a holiday.
It's not hard to keep the Christmas spirit when you get the Holy Spirit.