Christmas in Dixie

Well, Christmas was a balmy 75 degrees. The group ALABAMA made the song, Christmas in Dixie, famous. “Christmas in Dixie, is snowing in the pines.”  I would love to know which Alabama they are singing about. However, they are and forever will be one of my favorite country groups. They write and perform songs that strike my heart chords.

Christmas, ever since I had children, has become one of my most negatively anticipated holidays. When I was growing up, Christmas was my favorite time of the year. It’s amazing how things change. This year, though, I actually decided to turn on the Christmas music early and the first song I heard was Christmas in Dixie. For some reason, at that moment, all of the good memories of Christmas came back and I actually had a really good Christmas for the first time in 16 years.

Gathering with family was fantastic this year. I saw some relatives that I had not seen in almost fifteen years and we had the best time reminiscing and catching up.

So as 2016 becomes last year, remember this, as I discovered years ago, but for some reason had forgotten about it. Every day is what you make of it. You can decide to have a great day or you can decide to have a terrible day. It is all up to you. No matter how bad things seem, there is always something good about it. It could be one of the most minute things such as a struggling flower that finally has the strength to bloom up through the crack in the pavement. It is now stronger than any because it had to struggle to just be exactly what it was supposed to be–the most beautiful flower ever!

Wishing you a wonderful 2017!

~Beth