Dance of the Snowflakes: A Poem

Dance of the Snowflakes

The snowflakes dance to this new song of joy,

Like the angels did all those years ago

Their dance tells a story death will never destroy;

Describing a hope far brighter than snow.

The snowflakes are silver but they shine like gold

And glow like fireflies in the silent sky

Sparkling like precious gems in the night so cold,

Like the treasures brought by the faithful magi.

The snowflakes are like fair beacons of light,

Like the Star that shone over Bethlehem

Guiding the world through its long, dark night

Until the day when the Saviour returns to men.

The snowflakes are many, like the years of the earth

And like my blessings, too many to count

They demonstrate hope’s invaluable worth

And show us the peace that meek stable found.

The snowflakes still dance to this song of joy,

Like the angels did all those years ago

They speak of a love evil will never destroy;

A love which will set our cold hearts aglow.

© Adair Jacobs 2016

My Lovely (Green) Christmas

I hope that you, my followers, all had a very happy Christmas; and that you’re all ready for a positive and successful year in 2016! My Christmas was very green but it was wonderful. I really felt the Christmas spirit this year, and it made not only the day but the whole season all the more rewarding and enjoyable.

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My family’s Christmas tree for 2015. Unlike previous trees, it hasn’t fallen over… yet

Upon my insistence, my family had a sit-down breakfast on Christmas morning. We had soldiers and eggs with Earl Grey tea which was a gift for Christmas! It made me very happy because it was so English, and I got to spend time with the family.

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My brother and I adored soldiers as kids and continually begged my dad to make them for us!

After breakfast, it was present time. My dog Crumpet was, as usual, in the middle of everything– I think he enjoys the physical process of opening presents more than anyone else in the family does! He certainly insists on helping to open every present himself.

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Crumpet shredding some parcel wrapping, with his glorious mess of paper in the background

My family spoiled me this year with gifts, and I don’t know why! I got a really nice combination of things on my wishlist and things which are ideal but which I didn’t ask for!

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On left, a shortwave radio– I can pick up transmissions from around the world and from aircraft as well! On right, a manual for the Ford Ranger/Mazda B-series trucks. We at Mitsubishi have a Ford Ranger as our work truck, and I love it. I’m considering buying one for myself, hence the manual!

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A ravishing vintage RCAF cushion, which my dad rescued from a display case at his work! The colours are gorgeous and it’s going to look amazing in my room

The gift I’ve gotten the most use out of so far was the one I opened on Christmas Eve. It was two Scorpions albums!! Although until this year I only knew the Scorpions’ biggest hits, now that I’ve listened to more of their music I love basically everything they do. And these two albums, 1982’s Blackout and 1993’s Face the Heat, are no different. They’re AMAZING, and I’ve already discovered several new favourite songs! I only wish I had Klaus Meine’s voice so I could hit all those notes…

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The house is going to be shaking with the sound of the Scorpions for several months to come!

Crumpet was also spoiled, I gave him three presents which he has already left strewn about the house. He has a short attention span when it comes to toys, but every now and again he rediscovers them and enjoys them for five minutes or so! I was also glad that, now having a fulltime job, I was able to make a decent donation to my brother to use on his car. He has a 1981 Camaro Z28 which is not the cheapest vehicle to run nor to fix up– it’s in pieces in the garage at the moment, and I’m excited that I can help both monetarily and materially to get it back on the road in tip-top shape!

After presents, we went for our customary Christmas walk. There was no need to bundle up this year– it was about 6 above and sunny. Usually I’m out in my fur coat and ushanka on Christmas, so it was an unusual walk this year!

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Crumpet, being the centre of attention as usual

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Everyone behaving nicely for the camera

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After our walk, Crumpet was done for the day. So I wrapped him in tissue paper and took a selfie, naturally…

And of course, Christmas dinner was a fixture of the day. I dislike turkey, so this year I got to have beef Wellington! It was store bought, but I enjoyed it, along with some sweet potatoes, mushy peas (from rather the opposite end of the social scale to beef Wellington!), a boiled potato just for me, and some Zinfandel. For dessert again this year, we had sticky toffee pudding– but it was gone before I could get a picture!

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Our Christmas spread

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Of course Crumpet got a special Christmas dinner too! Turkey is one of his favourite foods.

Once we were as full as we could get, we watched the 1951 film adaption of A Christmas Carol, and Her Majesty’s Christmas message. Both have become customs within my family and I always look forward to them! My Christmas this year, as you’ve seen, was full of good food, fun times, and cheer with the family. I hope that yours was as well, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this account of my green yet lovely Christmas!

Christmas Spirit

Christmas spirit always seems to be a buzzword for the Christmas season. It’s used in advertising, everyday conversation, and many a holiday song. But I think that the meaning of this term is often lost or misconstrued, and I want to convey through this post what it means to me. I’m personally guilty of misusing the phrase Christmas spirit— I often use it once I’ve decorated the house, baked a bunch of cookies, wrapped a ton of presents, and am finally feeling suitably excited for the Christmas season. I use it to mean that I’m excited about Christmas, and nothing more; and that’s really nothing close to what the term should mean!

For me, Christmas symbolizes an amazing love and an amazing gift. It’s the day that Jesus the Saviour was born– He loved humanity enough to die for us, and God loved us enough to give His Son as a gift to the world. Here I’ll include a story: around Christmas, I always seem to see homeless people and it bothers me more than it does any other time of the year. I’ve seen an impoverished man within sight of the ostentation of Harrods in London, and just recently I encountered a homeless man and his dog on a concrete boulevard near the American border. I don’t like to see anyone alone and impoverished in a season so richly full of blessings, so I always try to help these people out. The man near Harrods got my change, and the man and his dog got some food from a nearby Tim Hortons. But although I can always help in some way, I never feel like it’s enough. Of course, these people are extremely appreciative and to them even a doughnut or a few dollars seems like a lot– but it’s not going to find them a job or get them warm clothes. I always feel unsatisfied, and I wish that I could do more and make everything better for them.

My dissatisfaction with the injustice and sadness of the world does, however, bring more positive things to light. Even though a few dollars won’t make a huge difference, seeing the gratitude from someone who needs it reminds me of the true spirit of Christmas. Giving gifts at Christmastime has become commonplace, and the idea is great– but what isn’t great is the commercialism and flippancy with which they’re often given. I wonder how many people really need or truly want a hoverboard or Star Wars merchandise; nonetheless, millions of people will receive them because these are the trendy gifts this year. At the heart of Christmas is love, compassion, and generosity; and we should be giving gifts that really mean something, because we really care!

Secondly, feeling dissatisfied and powerless reminds me of the true meaning of Christmas. I can’t do things on my own, but with God’s love and Jesus’s sacrifice I know that I can make a difference. Jesus was born 2,000 years ago so humanity could know God’s love and share in His kingdom, which is full of all the Christmas virtues of joy, goodwill, generosity, and love. It’s because of Jesus’s birth on Christmas that I don’t have to feel powerless, because I know that God’s love makes up for my human failings and inabilities.

At Christmas and throughout the entire year, I take delight in being generous and doing things for other people. The mechanics at my work are pretty spoiled with cookies, coffee, lemonade, and other gifts– one of them has an especial appreciation for the Minions of Despicable Me, and I enjoy finding Minion-themed presents for him. It’s by giving gifts that I show people that I care about them, and I hope that my gestures do make a difference and brighten people’s lives.

This Christmas I’m trying to have true Christmas spirit; by doing meaningful things, maintaining a positive and joyful attitude, and remembering the importance of Christmas. I often get really stressed at Christmas because there is so much to do, but this year I’m striving to be different. I’m still a bit frazzled because I haven’t written all my Christmas cards yet, but other than that I’m doing alright! I’ve realized that I’d much rather do a few wonderful, poignant things for my loved ones than do a bunch of over-the-top gestures just because I feel I should. This year, let’s rejoice in our Christmas spirit and  remember the things that truly matter; and I’m sure that everyone will have the happiest and most fulfilling holiday yet!