White Christmas

In our corner of the world, the Pacific Northwest, we get a wide variety of weather. This year, it has been exceptionally varied. I saw the thermometer at my house hit 108; we got something called an atmosphere river which means it rained a lot and caused awful flooding. My phone is now telling me it will be 5 on Sunday, which I believe will be a new low for what my house has seen. I know people like having seasons, but if I’m being honest, I prefer weather that’s a little more on the boring side, and I don’t need 100-degree swings in temperature. For once this year, it would be nice if the weather would just cooperate, and it seems Mother Nature, while punishing us all year, might be giving us a nice gift on Christmas.

I woke up this morning, Christmas Eve, and we have a little dusting of snow. The prediction is that it will begin snowing again this evening, just in time for Santa to swoop in through a flurry of snowflakes. The morning is looking like it will be a winter wonderland, and we will wake to a scene straight out of the Christmas Story. A white Christmas is a rare and welcomed occurrence at our house, and my nine-year-old daughter will be beside herself. While she is seriously questioning the reality of Santa, the scene in the morning should add a touch of magic to the day. 

While this has certainly not been my favorite weather year, and it has been flat-out devastating for many in our area and across the country, a white Christmas is a reminder that amidst all the storms, there are always breaks. It is important to relish in those breaks. It’s the time when we rebuild our reserves, and growth can happen. I’m stoked for the snow, which will bring snowmen in Santa Hats and hours of sledding. I’m going to enjoy the moment of the weather doing exactly what it’s supposed to before the temperature plunges, and my world turns to broken water pipes and dying furnaces. 

I hope that wherever you are this Christmas that you get the break you need. That it is a day to build up the coffers for whatever comes next.

This will be my last post for 2021, and I want to say thank you for reading my blog and other writing this year. I appreciate every like and comment and am still stunned when I bump into someone, and they mention something I have written. I am flattered that in your busy life, you are using some of your precious time to read my words. Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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