The Big Celebration Has Begun

Archived | December 5, 2014 | By

Listened to the show Saturday, and it was not bad. Was pretty much the highlight of the day, that and the walk I took along the county roads. Not that the day wasn’t good; it was. We ate up the rest of Thanksgiving’s leftovers, and played a few board games. Watched a movie contemplated hanging the Christmas lights out on the ol’ wood fence, and decided to wait until the first warm-up which seems to be comin’ next week. It gets dark quite early now, and with it, the coldness grows colder, and we get in earlier and tend toward staying in for the evening, which mostly is good but sometimes gets me restless. 

The veil is thinner this time of year, a friend of mine pointed out. She’s a photographer and she sees things not everyone sees and she is right. This time of year we notice and feel things that slip right past us in the light of spring and summer, or maybe they aren’t even there, who knows?

These dark days often seem haunted with all the memories, the wishes, the regrets as we turn the corner into the brightness of the New Year. I’m not down and out, mind you, but in the rush of all the wonder and wrapping and decorating and baking, my head fills up with details and my heart looks back at years gone by, and a kind of wistfulness rises up and quiet hours tend to echo.

It seems good for a person to take a walk now and then, to bundle up in a down jacket and warm boots and mittens and a scarf, and get out onto a good road and feel solid earth and snow under your feet. To breathe in fresh winter air and see the lights coming on here and there in the living rooms and on Christmas trees and around picture windows all over town. Even the huge lit-up inflatable snowman lawn decoration on the other side of town is worth a small detour, and the barn to the south, all lit up in red lights with the star on top, and the manger scene over at the church. It may be cold and a bit darker, but people are alive and well. The Big Celebration has begun, and you’re a part of it. Don’t shut yourself away. Take a walk and a few deep breaths along the way, and consider a snow angel. Making one, I mean. Been awhile, hasn’t it?

Here’s something new, and a bit on the odd side, but my gosh, it’s good. Like eating cake batter, only a bit more healthful version. And it works with fruit, too, if you’re not a fan of carbs.

Confetti Dip for Dunkin’

1 box Funfetti cake mix
1 1/2 – 2 cups vanilla yogurt
2 cups Cool Whip

Mix together. Serve with Honey Grahams, Teddy Grahams, shortbread, etc. Or fruit.