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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,