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Christmas Thoughts: Snowflakes

Posted by Vickie Carmichael on

Christmas Traditions are important in our family. We have passed down behaviors with special significance for as long as I can remember. It only takes one family member with passion to keep past traditions from becoming extinct. That person was my mother...and her mother before. 

We love snow. And we get a little childlike when we see the first snowfall of the season. A seemingly silly tradition, but daughter calls mother to share the joy of witnessing the first snowflakes. I'm not certain how many generations this has been a Christmas tradition, but I'm guessing more than a few.

The winter of 2010 found me anxiously awaiting the first snowfall; when the snowflakes started falling I called mom and we celebrated this simple miracle we loved. That was the last time I made that call. On Christmas Eve my mother, who noticed the simple things, went home to Heaven. And what a Christmas started snowing!

Winter, 2011. First snowfall. The expected phone call from my daughter came and we celebrated our tradition with tears and joy all mixed up together.

A few years ago after the first snowflakes fell, my granddaughter looked out the window and said, "Thank you mommy!" She believed the snow was a gift just for her. And it was. The small, simple beauty of a snowflake continues to keep joy and Christmas memories alive in this family steeped with tradition. 

A Snowflake Prayer

 Thank You, Creator God

for the gift of winter, for cold frosty air,

shimmering icicles, frozen lakes and rivers,

and most of all for snowflakes, ever so beautiful,

so special, so one of a kind.


Let them remind us that

we are like that in Your eyes – so beautiful,

so special, so one of a kind.

Thank You, God for snowflakes.


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