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Do you really want a White Christmas?

Today, as I was humming away to the Christmas music station that is playing where I work, listening to “White Christmas” (the Drifters version, not good ole’ Bing), I couldn’t help but think that I have never actually seen such a thing. Here I am happily rocking to the lyrics “…and may all your Christmases be white…” and that is really the furthest wish from my mind.

Now I know that some of you out there would be scandalized at my preference for a “green” Christmas, but let me clue you in on a few of my Christmas experiences and see if you might not agree with me.

  • Instead of holiday shopping in your boots, coat and scarf … you get to stroll around the open air mall in the sunshine wearing sandals and shorts… maybe even a Panama hat. That certainly inspires a cheery holiday shopping experience!
  • Depending on how far South you find yourself (I was in Cuba and Panama for a few years), you can find yourself on Christmas Eve soaking in the sun, drinking a cocktail, digging your feet in the sand, thinking of everyone cold and bundled up while you work on your tan.
  • There is nothing quite as restful as the sound of the warm breezes blowing through the palm trees covered in Christmas lights on a balmy December evening. Gives a new meaning to “Do you hear what I hear?”
  • And the best one … a warm Christmas is followed by a warm New Year’s Eve. It’s so much better to be enjoying the festivities at night in the warm weather , having a chance to watch fireworks on the beach. Forget the champagne … piña coladas for everyone!

So as you can see, while I am a big fan of the holiday classics, that whole “White Christmas” really only appeals to me when it’s on the radio or a greeting card! Who else is with me?

Jennifer Michael, churchwide executive president for the 2011-2014 triennium, lives in Pensacola, Florida.

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Nancy Giddings says:
Dec 10, 2012

living in Minnesota, if you don’t like a White Christmas, you won’t have a Merry Christmas. We had a “brown” Christmas last year, and while I wasn’t cold, it just didn’t seem right. All what you’re used to. I always say that we are always where God wants us to be, so I will love your Florida soul and you can love my Minnesota soul. But if you want to come and visit some Christmas……..

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Syd says:
Dec 10, 2012

Yesterday I was reciting all the reasons why I didn’t like snow to a farmer here in Iowa. I believe I can safely say for all the Midwest farmers and others in agriculture they are praying for an abundance of snow moisture. The moisture was sadly lacking last winter and that lack was clearly evident all year long with crop failures. Last year the crops drew from a well of subsoil moisture. This year the entire Midwest, and the globe, will certainly be devastated by another crop failure without some serious moisture. So while I’m not fond of snow in any abundant form, I’m willing to pray for it. I’m willing to sit at home, watch the snow drift down on any given day, stay home from work because of it all for the sake of feeding the world and my own neighborhood.
I will dance to a white Christmas while experiencing the snow fall. I will do it from inside my home. I will have sense enough not to risk life and limb to venture on the roads in rough weather, I will pray for moisture for wherever you live.
Enjoy the warmth of a *White Christmas* in your heart Jenny!!

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Jennifer Michael says:
Dec 10, 2012

Syd, you make a great point about being grateful for moisture (even if it may inconvenience us)… so, yes in that respect a “white Christmas” can be an even greater gift than just a delight to children. But you and Nancy must at least give me the benefit of knowing that working on your tan on Christmas Eve does have its appeal! :) (And yes, Nancy… I do love your Minnesota heart!)

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JoAnn Fuchs says:
Dec 10, 2012

I can honestly say that this Texas woman has experienced a “white” Christmas. On Christmas Eve, 2004, as we left church it started snowing and didn’t stop until sometime during the night. We ended up with 9 inches as our house. What a wonderful Christmas that was. Since most people didn’t have to work on Christmas day, families were out making snowmen and lots of memories.

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Susan Drane says:
Dec 11, 2012

I lived in Minnesota for 25 years and Wisconsin for 25 years so I had a lot of white Christmas’s. I wondered if I would miss that once I moved to Arizona but I can honestly say that I have never missed the snow and cold in all the years I have lived here. From my house, I can usually see snow on Superstition Mountain or Four Peaks Mountain at least a few times a year and it is beautiful but I don’t have to shovel it or drive in it. I love Christmas shopping without the hats, gloves, boots and scarves that get too warm in the mall. I never have to worry that the roads will be too slick from snow and ice so I can’t go where I need to be. Like Jenny, the only white Christmas I like is the song.

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