I hope you smile.
Okay, a little disclaimer here, I really really do NOT like cold weather. I don’t like having to wear sweaters. I don’t like long sleeves. I really don’t like being cold. But as I thought about it, I realized there are advantages to temperatures below 60*.
1. Cold weather kills off mosquitoes, and other big bugs that they have in year round at the Equator.
2. Cold weather makes snow. And snow makes even ugly things look clean, crisp, and elegant.
3. I love sledding. I love roller coasters. I’ve been on one. It’s so fun to go whizzing down and get whipped around super fast. A sledding hill is like a super-short super-mini roller coaster except sometimes you fall off. Also, I love watching my little brothers sled down our (non-existent) hill in our backyard. They are just so cute. (sorry guys 😉 )
4. I like hot chocolate. There’s something about hot chocolate that makes it taste a lot better on a cold day than on a warm one. And my mom has the BEST hot chocolate mix!! Yum! =)
5. And finally, I know it’s totally cliched. But I love Christmas. And www.bubblygirl97.wordpress.com just yelled:
“I LOVE CHRISTMAS TOO!!!”
Something about Christmas just makes me happy. I love buying presents for people. So I guess you could say I like winter birthday’s too. Like my brother Ja’s (Christmas Eve!!!) and my sister C’s.
And now a little Bible lesson: I do love Christmas because of presents, and getting to spend time with my family and all that stuff. But Christmas isn’t just about that.
The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Way better that any other Christmas story. Although as an interesting side note, the celebration of Christmas didn’t have to do with Jesus birth when it began. But maybe I’ll discuss that later…