The gift? Well, it is a beautiful display of colors, like paintings dancing across the dark night sky, sometimes silent, sometimes crackling and popping just like a cozy fireplace! If my memory is correct, one of the first scientists to call it the “Aroura Borealis” was Galileo sometime around 1621! He was such an inquisitive young lad… Oh my, I’m off topic again!
Yes. Well, I prefer calling them the “Northern Lights.” You see, the display can be seen near the South Pole, but I think the Northern Lights are much more intense and beautiful. Late in the evening on Christmas Eve, just outside the little village where I lived, perhaps you’ve heard of it? North Pole, Alaska! It was, and still is, a wonderful place to grow up.
That particular Christmas Eve, I believe it was around 1975, I was just getting home, rather late, it was a very pleasant 5 degrees below zero. Hardly a breath of wind moved the air as the lights began to glow and paint the dark night sky with colors of green, gold, scarlet and pink! It was as if the angels were dancing and singing, swirling and rejoicing that Christmas Day would soon be here!
The beauty, the stillness, the breathless wonder was a gift that remains in my memory still today. The colors dancing in the sky and reflecting on the “crest of the new-fallen snow below” was incredibly beautiful, causing me to stop and reflect on the wonder around me.
This year be sure to stop take some time look for the beauty around you. As we draw nearer to Christmas look into the night sky and stop, even if only for an instant, and see what you’ve been missing as you hurry and rush through life.
Oh my! I’ve been sitting here far too long! I think I’ll get a second cup of cocoa and spend some more time in front of my fire. It won’t be long until I will be working again! I wonder if the Northern Lights will greet me again this Christmas Eve. I wonder!