I love winter.
Winter is wonderful primarily because of the excuse to start a fire in the fireplace any time the temperature outside drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. As a matter of fact, the ideal temperature for a fire in the house is around 45 degrees; that way less cold air rushes into the room when I open the glass fire screen to place kindling and logs. The comfort of a fire is hard to fully grasp, but its peacefulness is palpable — yes, warmth but also quiet calm. I love to sit, watch the flames, and relax.
Add a glass of red wine and several small pieces of dark chocolate, and a winter evening is complete.
Thank You, Creator God, for the four seasons — for winter, spring, summer, fall. Thank You that each time of the year brings special moments of great joy. I, for one, am so happy to celebrate Your Son’s birth at this particular time of the year — a time of comforting fire, delicious dark chocolate, and the fruit of the vine. Your winter is lovely, dearest Lord. Thank You for coming to earth for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.