When I looked at my phone’s weather app this morning, it felt like 18…. I’m sure that some of you reading this are unimpressed by that number! But here in NYC, in only mid-November, that is bone-chilling cold! Even in January and February, those are days I’m not happy about…
On the other hand, there’s much to consider a blessing there. No snow came with that cold so far… I’ve got a warm apartment to huddle in… And I have no where to go until tomorrow, when its expected to warm up to a balmy 40!
There may be another benefit to the Polar Vortex: I am getting ready for Christmas! Usually at this time of year, I’m barely aware of Thanksgiving on my radar and I don’t allow any thoughts about Christmas to enter in until after that! But I’m so cold now, that its easy to imagine Christmas Eve is right around the corner!
So I’m making some great Advent and Christmas plans!
With another member at church, we’re going to host a Cookie Baking Day at the parsonage! We’re going to bring cookie dough – purchased and made, regular and gluten-free – and paraphernalia (cookie sheets, etc.). Guest will bring anything special they need and a lot of Christmas cheer! Then we’re all going to drop/roll/cut/decorate – and eat – some great cookies in great company with great conversation!
A friend from seminary and I are going to have lunch and catch up sometime in Advent!
I’m leading the Christmas Eve Family Service at Judson! It’s late afternoon and a very casual fun service for children and families – and all who love them! I can’t wait to be surrounded by all those children as we seek the newborn baby!
Then my family is coming for Christmas – and maybe somewhere in there I’ll have a chance to visit my favorite and very “special” Santa at a store in Herald Square – and, finally, I’m preaching on both of the Sunday’s after Christmas!
Well, with all those plans, here’s my hope for the season: That the Polar Vortex goes back home to the North Pole and leaves the weather warm up just a little so I can leave my office to have some of this fun! For you, I hope all the warmth, joy, fun, and blessing that the season can offer – with or without the old P.V.!