There’s a case to be made that everyone likes snow globes … at least a little. That simple little fantasy world, captured inside a glass (or plastic) globe, where it snows on demand can be pretty gosh-darned magical.
I am by no means a collector! I have exactly two snow globes. I’m fairly certain it never snowed on the baby Jesus, but with a simple shake of my hand, I can make snow swirl around a tiny Nativity scene given to me by a friend.
In my other snow globe, my grandchildren laugh amid a snow-filled world. They talked me into buying the souvenir one year when we took them to King’s Dominion for a holiday event. The scene is pretty cheesy, but the memory is sincere and always makes me smile.
Of course, there are also reasons to dislike the little globes. One year Greg and I hosted an ugly Christmas sweater and my sister and her husband created snow globe sweaters. The image was crafted with half a plastic ornament, some hot glue and a handful of glitter. The stupid sweater leaked all over the house and we were cleaning up glitter for months!
But, for the most part, snow globes are all about magic. I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies lately and am surprised at how often a snow globe plays a role in the love story unfolding on the screen. It can be a reminder of a special moment or a hint of something to come.
Here in the desert we only see snow at a distance … way up on the mountains that ring our valley. But this time of year, you can’t help but spend a wistful moment or two dreaming of a white Christmas … even if it only happens in a snow globe.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Shake things up with a little snow.
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