The other morning I woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground. For me that is all the snow I need to see.
Some people really like snow, but I am not one of them. I was talking with some recently who were telling me how much they like the snow and how they really hoped that there was snow for Christmas day. I wanted to be polite, and so I was listening and joking with them. But deep inside me I was thinking, ''Are you crazy?'' You see, I don't need snow to enjoy Christmas.
Now let me try to explain. I think the dusting of snow on the ground and the way the snow sticks to the trees and shrubs is beautiful. It looks like a perfect picture when the sun comes up and you can see what it looks like.
When you go outside and the air is crisp you get that wake-up call throughout your whole body. There are times I even catch myself watching my breath as it leaves my body. It's an enjoyable experience.
But I like it even better when the sun comes out and the snow melts!
As I drive around to different communities I found a radio station that is playing a lot of Christmas music. If I remember correctly this Christmas music started playing around Thanksgiving.
At first I thought that it was way too early to start with the Christmas music. But the more I drove around and listened to it, the more I enjoyed it. I don't care for all of the songs, but there are many that I appreciate.
Thank you WBBG 106.1 FM for playing the Christmas music.
Sometimes I sing along with some of the songs. I don't have a real good voice, but I like to sing. When I'm singing I imagine that I'm really harmonizing with Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole or some other artist. They are probably glad that they are not singing with me, but I sure appreciate them and their talent.
The music and the words of some of the songs remind me of the importance of Christmas. They help remind me of special memories of Christmases long gone. But the people or thoughts are still deep within my heart and mind.
In my work I see a lot of different people and know that some of them are going through some tough times. Sometimes there is just nothing you can do except try to give an encouraging word and simply be there.
As I meet and interact with people throughout Trumbull County, it makes me glad to be here. This county and its people sure have experienced some difficulty over the years, but Christmas reminds us of new beginnings and renewed hope. People and families reconnect and for a moment things seem to be OK.
The good news of peace on earth and good will toward men still applies today. I would like to wish everyone in Trumbull County a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you for being yourselves and for opening up and welcoming my wife and me. We look forward to meeting more of you and getting to know you and visiting more communities.
Now if the snow would just melt and I could go out and play golf with some of my friends in December and January here in northeast Ohio; that would be a great Christmas present!
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor.