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New Snow and Sun in Spokane

Snow and Sunshine

I woke up to freshly fallen snow and a blue sunny sky this morning.   It put me in such a happy mood.  I don’t know why that particular combination is so pleasing to the eye, but the blue sky and white snow on bare trees and evergreens is so beautiful to me.  It gives me hope and energy. I’m even smiling as I write this. It’s true that we have had many recent dreary overcast days here in Spokane which makes today all that much more spectacular, but I think it’s more than that.  I’m sure there’s a good explanation for the joy resulting from blue skies and snow.  What do you think?

Today reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas carols not because the words speak of sunshine and snow, but because it was a day much like today when my friend, Mary Ann, first sang this song for me when we were in college.  I never had heard it before, and it quickly became one of my favorites. The poem is by the English poet Christina Rossetti written sometime before 1872 in response to a request from a magazine for a Christmas poem and set to music in the early 1900’s. I’ve put the first and last verses in bold print to represent the words Mary Ann sang.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

In the bleak mid-winter 
  Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, 
  Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, 
  Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
  Long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air,
But only His mother
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him, 
  Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
  I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
  I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him, 
  Give my heart.

I’m not much of a piano player, but I play this song. In fact, it’s the only Christmas song I play.  Come to think of it, it’s the only song I can play except for Bach’s Minuet in G.  Do you have a favorite Christmas carol?  In the comments I’d love to hear which Christmas carol is your favorite and why, or why you think snow and sunshine is such a mood lifter.