Once the dog, Max, gets out of the way, this video is so worth it! I love the innocence of it. What else says it better than a belly flop in the snow? That was Christmas day with our "White Christmas" 12 inches and our dear friend John's relentless shoveling to make the 6 foot tall sledding hill complete with tunnel. The kids played out in the snow for about 3 hours that day. The snowman and fort are on the other side. And that got me to thinking as I was looking through the pictures from Christmas. You don't see the paper strewn about the living room, or boxes piled to the ceiling, or the newest gadget or the endless batteries being inserted. That hill will be the memory which burns brightest in my children's recollection. They'll soon forget (as they already have, and it's only January) about all the toys they swooned over and begged for, for months and then received. They are now just thrown about in the toy chest with the others. And most likely those toys won't bring back memories of love, laughter and smiles. Albeit, I have had a childhood Christmas toy that did indeed do that in my memory bank (Cabbage Patch Kid, Collette Liza). This Christmas, more than ever, and exactly when my family needed it most, did we really live and breathe Christmas spirit.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year friends. Let this year be filled with love, selflessness, gratitude, laughter, and many, many warm memories. Thanks Cooley Family for a great beginning to the new year!