It’s hard to believe looking out the window today that a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 6 a.m. CST Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day) until 12 p.m. CST Monday, December 26th. It has the potential to bring us snow (2 to 8 inches), sleet, and freezing rain. Ice could accumulate to 2/10 of an inch. I’m not a weather forecaster but I do get alerts from The Weather Channel.
I have been looking so forward to making memories with my children and granddaughter Christmas Day. We pre-ordered a prime rib to go with our mashed potatoes, homemade buns, and veggies. We have a gift wrapped and ready for the winner of our annual hiding of the pickle ornament. We have games to play, a hot tub to sit in, and snowmobiling and fishing for the brave ones. I know there will be a movie and maybe an afternoon nap before we break out the appetizers for round two.
What happens if this watch becomes a warning?
What if the ice makes it too dangerous for my children to come home?
What is this storm trying to teach me?
Enjoy each other ALL YEAR LONG, not just the holidays. Play games and be silly together whenever you get the opportunity. If you live far away from each other, take advantage of social media to talk often and “see” each other. Make time for that phone call (if you’re not an introvert like me). Send snail mail. I feel like holidays should be recognized but they shouldn’t be stressful. I read a quote somewhere and I don’t know who to credit. It simply said, “Give presence, not presents.” That’s what life is all about!
Celebrate often! Celebrate the BIG things and the SMALL things. Celebrations don’t have to be elaborate and they don’t always have to take place on holidays. It’s a new year all year long, not just on New Year’s Day! Find a reason, any reason, to throw a little party. You can celebrate alone, with your spouse, or with your family and friends. I’m going to celebrate when I finish this post with some baking and a mani-pedi! Later this afternoon, I get to party 80’s style at my sister’s home with family! Follow me on Instagram if you want to check that out.
Appreciate the good days! Even in Northern Minnesota we have beautiful days like today. I don’t love winters or snow but I do appreciate the beauty of it through my cabin windows. I love watching the squirrels filling their cheeks for the winter. It’s exciting seeing the deer come in to eat most evenings. When I write in my journal, I always list several things that I am thankful for that day (check out my free One Hundred Blessings template). Today is a good day. The sun is shining and the storm isn’t here…yet. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Pray always – not just in bad weather. I’ve been guilty of falling in the rut of only praying if I feel like there is something I need, or someone else needs. God wants to hear our prayers daily, not only when the bad things happen. Will I pray for my family and friends safety before, during, and after this potential storm? You bet I will. But, I really do try do pray every single day. We have so much to be grateful for. Tell Him! We have so many questions that we can’t answer ourselves. Ask Him! We have so many people and things that we worry about. Cry out to Him! We have illness and injuries that we want hope, healing, and relief from. Let Him know!
Be proactive! Be prepared for life’s storms. Go to the grocery store and stock up on food, water, and personal items. Some of us need to make sure we have our prescription medications filled in advance. Don’t forget that your pets need food and water too. Do you have an emergency survival kit in your vehicle?
What about other kinds of storms? The unpredictable things that show up in our personal lives? Are you doing everything you can to handle those BIG expected and unexpected things that show up in your life? The new baby, job, divorce, marriage, loss, illness, etc.? I created The Twelve Foundations for Successful Transformation to help women live their lives well from the inside out. I want to help you every step of the way! Please sign up for my newsletter (top) or blog posts (side bar).
I’m am grateful for all the time that I have spent with my family and friends this past year. If the Christmas storm truly takes place, and I think it will, I have no regrets. I will still enjoy the prime rib, mashed potatoes, homemade buns, and veggies with my husband and youngest daughter. We will find ways of staying in touch with the rest of the kids. We have celebrated together many times this past year and we will continue to do so in 2017.
I’m excited to get #unplugged starting Christmas day so I can reflect, plan, and be “present” with my family before the new year. I look forward to 2017 and all the goodness it will hold. I will continue to try and find the beauty in Northern Minnesota this winter, but know in my heart we will be moving to a warmer climate soon where there are no winter storms. I look forward to seeing our California family more often.
HAVE A SAFE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!