Need some dry weather to recover from Saturday's rain? We ended December '06 with 5.55" of rain. That's 0.21" above average. Not bad considering we went into the Christmas weekend needing 2.75" of rain just to reach our average levels for December. Enjoy a dry Tuesday and Wednesday because Thursday looks to be wet with thunderstorms.
Over the weekend, I had the painstaking task of taking down the Christmas decorations and putting them in their rightful place in the attic. Gracie became very upset and wanted to know why was I taking down the decorations. (Flashback to 'The Grinch the Stole Christmas': "But Santee Claus, why are taking down our Christmas tree?" ---made famous by Cindy Lu Who.) I explained Christmas was over and I would put the decorations up when Christmas returns for next year. Gracie asked a poignant question, "Why can't it be Christmas all of the time, mommy?"
Why do we celebrate Christmas once a year? Why can't we give gifts of ourselves to those around us all year long? Why can't we be alittle more friendly to those in the checkout lines or those at the busy intersections? Why can't we sing "Joy to the World" more than just one month out of the year?
Ah, but we can! We can celebrate God's love coming down to earth through His son Jesus. We can be thankful for the blessings we've been given, even during the tough times of 2007. We can look with wonder at how wide, how deep and how vast is the love of Christ(mas).
Gracie didn't know it, but she lit a fire in her mother to be ever mindful of the traits of Christmas during the other 11 months of the year.