Dec. 23, 2016: Driving down a snowy road listening to Christmas music, and looking with wonder at frost covered trees glistening in the sun; I couldn’t help but feel gratitude for this special season. A favorite carol came on the radio, sung by Frank Sinatra, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Warmth filled my heart as I pondered time spent with family past and present during the holidays. Excitement and anticipation welled up inside for the arrival of the kids. We’ll all be together for the first time in 3 years.
As beautiful Alaska scenery rolled by, I silently gave thanks that I could welcome family home to such a place that daily takes my breath away. A true winter wonderland.
I love watching the kids at Christmas. There’s so much joy and magic in their eyes.
Even the teenagers and twenty-somethings can’t contain themselves. Excitement is palpable.
I thought, “There’s no reason why that feeling should diminish at Christmas as life progresses and years pass by.” Even adults can become like little children. (If you don’t believe me, just watch my husband!)
A favorite quote by E. B. White came to mind that summed my thoughts:
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
You’ll know true wonder when you find it. It’s defined as:
“A feeling of surprise, mingled with admiration and joy caused by something beautiful, unexpected, and amazing.”
And when you do find it, capture it and carry it with you.
Of course, there are times of trial and sorrow, even at Christmas. But the Reason for the Season has the power to heal all. Fall back on prayer, fond memories, or hopes of a brighter future.
Stop, look beyond yourself, and listen. There’s peace to be had.
Love your neighbor, be a little kinder and tolerant, give to those less fortunate to you. Fill your days with service to family, friends, communities and churches.
And…never, ever stop looking for wonder.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, and memories sweet enough to last the whole year through.