Baby, it’s cold outside!
Brrrrrr! To some people, that’s pretty much all they can think about as this frosty time of year rolls around. Decked out in three layers of fuzzy garments, nose numb with the biting wind, lungs filled with the shockingly, yet pleasantly refreshing air of Jack Frost’s domain, we, even as “hardy Minnesotans” understand if you might be feeling a tad curmudgeony as temperatures dip far below zero and we settle into our average temperatures of the winter months. However, whether you take delight in nippy climes or not, we here at Spirit Bay are encouraging you to choose JOY this month and always!
JOY is our chosen theme of the month for December, and there’s a reason: life would be pretty bland, tasteless, and melancholy without it. But instead of just sitting around talking about the merits of JOY, let’s make a conscious effort to look around for it in our everyday lives! Here are some examples:
All these are tangible, wonderful ways to see JOY all around us in all circumstances and in all places. But sometimes, the most important and impressive of JOYS is the unseen. A heartfelt Christmas story, a random act of kindness, kids of all ages belting out timeless carols and showing youthful JOY by embracing the authentic Christmas spirit, being together with family and friends…
However, sometimes the Christmas season is hard…sometimes it’s difficult on the pocketbook, the emotions, the body or spirit or whatever it may be for a variety of reasons. Is life always all rosy and wonderful? No. Life certainly isn’t the beautiful gardens of Leif Eriksson Park or the smooth expanse of Lake Superior (to borrow some Duluth examples). Will we have trials and tribulations? The answer shouldn’t come as a surprise. BUT we can choose JOY no matter our situation…it’s a choice. Be unforgiving, moping curmudgeons…or choose to revel in the JOY and peace that transcends all understanding!
God promises hope to the weary, and while tangible material things can frequently bring us joy for the moment, ultimately, every one of these tangible, material things will fade away. True JOY is knowing the Reason for our hope, love and happiness in a fallen world. True JOY is enjoying the Christmas season for what it is: a celebration of the most profound JOY you’ve ever known. True JOY is surrendering yourself to the unseen, yet so real thing that is hope and forgiveness. Christmas, in our opinion, is the best time to find all these things. While we do hope you stop in to Spirit Bay for a plethora of wonderful gift-giving ideas (there’s the pitch), our prayer is that you know the true Reason for the season…now and always!
But seriously, we really do think you’ll love the wide variety of Northwoods gifts, Native American crafts, and other unique treasures available in our Canal Park retail store, right alongside the icy lake. Stop on in and say hi! OR if the cold has you not wanting to leave the comfort of your own home, check out our ONLINE SHOP! We are continually adding to it.
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Most JOYful Christmas Blessings to you,
Happy December, everyone!
Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday we were just seguing from steamy summer to crisp fall, receiving that one early Christmas catalog in your mailbox and laughing smugly at it, saying, “Yeah, sure…like I would ever look at anything Christmas-related before December!” Well, it’s December. Deal with it. Alright, that was harsh. What we really want to say is, “Happy December, fellow Northlanders!” Okay, that’ll work. Now, let’s get into some thoughts.
December is the only month where one holiday dominates the entire 31-day calendar. We slurpily sip peppermint flavored hot chocolate, sentimentally watch endearing Christmas movies, and joyfully belt out inspirational carols throughout the month to celebrate one day at the end of it. Pretty remarkable, isn’t it? Well, not when you consider the grandiosity of the event that we commit ourselves to celebrating…the birth of Joy, Life, and Hope itself. In our humble opinion, that’s something worth celebrating joyously!
To be honest, we here at Spirit Bay are major fans of Christmas. To us, there’s nothing more delightful than strolling in on a brisk Christmas Eve, thick bursts of swirling frost exploding from your nostrils, cheeks scarlet with cold, and settling into a cozy house, enjoying the vibrant lights of the season and partaking in the multifaceted euphoria that make this incredible holiday what it is. Truly, “the holiday” is just too dull of a synonym for this time of year. Let us celebrate sincerely blessings now and for every Christmastime to come.
Well, we haven’t even brushed the surface of what we have to say as we head into December, but we’re going to have to wrap it up for today so you can go wrap up your newly-bought gifts. So goodbye for now, and remember: Christmas Joy is all around. You just have to look for it and feel its tangible blessings surrounding you during the season and always.
Are you looking for some ideas about the ultimate Christmas (joy) bucket list, here are a couple of freebies we found on Pinterest to get you started: