I’m dreaming of a White Christmas just like the ones I used to know, where the tree tops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow. I’m dreaming of a White Christmas with every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white.
Originally written by Irving Berlin in 1940, this song did not truly become a hit until after Pearl Harbor during World War II. With its lyrics reminding all of our troops of home during long years away, how could it not become the popular classic it has remained all these decades later.
This year, this song offers a bit of a paradox. In many ways, we are all quite tired of being tied up at home. A lot of us feel as though we have been planted in our houses for years, even though it has merely been a matter of months. And yet, the heart of this classic Christmas carol still rings true: we still long for the warm heart of home. The comfort. The welcome. The love that it represents.
So many of us may find ourselves listening to this song this year and find it filling us with longing because we cannot do everything the ways we always do. And that is okay to be honest about that emotion. It is very real. And it does hurt.
Nevertheless, we cannot stay in that place for long. We may not be able to do things the same way, but Christmas is not cancelled. There is still work to do. Hold tight to that feeling of warmth, those memories you love – and then do all you can to build new memories through creativity and imagination. Use this strange year as an opportunity to see Christmas through new eyes, something many of us probably have not done since we were children.
Because our days can still be merry and bright, and with a little luck, our Christmas will still be covered in snow.