Rylea let me sleep until 6:30 this morning. I guess that was my Christmas gift from her. When I got up to let her out, I saw this on the back steps.
And I looked up and the sky looked like this.
And when Rylea came back inside, she had this on her head.
Then the sun came up and I saw that the yard looked like this.
Now, I know some of you may laugh at my paltry little snowfall, but I've waited 46 years for this. Forty six years I've waited to have a White Christmas, and I finally got one. Suddenly, the Christmas I had wished I could just sleep through became the best Christmas ever.
I must confess, I cried like a baby when I saw the snow falling.
I went outside and took a few photos, because the snow was rapidly melting and I knew it wouldn't last much longer.
Though the temperature was already above freezing, I was able to capture a few images of this wonderful morning, before it melted completely away.
Though, in hindsight, I think I might have been better off if I'd put on pants for this venture.
Don't get excited. I wasn't naked. I had my Snoopy pajamas on. They just weren't very warm.
Afterwards, I did something that many of you may consider to be a very foolish thing.
As long as I had waited for this snow, I wasn't going to let it melt completely away. The snow outside was gone by 8:30, but there is a little baggie of my first White Christmas Ever tucked safely into my freezer.
Later, as I warmed up with a mug of peppermint hot chocolate, I thought about what Christmas really means.
There were no presents to open. No family or friends gathered round me, but this was the most wonderful Christmas I can remember. I had received two very special gifts. One lay sleeping in a manger so very long ago. The other was falling from the sky this morning. Both God's way of showing me how very much he loves me. And I was filled with Joy. Joy to the world.
Let Heaven and Nature sing!