Every year before Christmas, our girls carefully place hand cut paper snowflakes in each and every window of our home. They are our way of welcoming winter and the holiday season. We love beautiful snowstorms in December, January, and February. The paper snowflakes look so beautiful dancing in the windows all winter long. Each one is unique, and the fact that they are handmade and created out of paper provides a beautiful warm feeling throughout the cold months of the New England winter.
But then the day comes when I take down the snowflakes. This marks the day when snow is no longer welcome. Today was that day. Deciding when to take down these beautiful works of winter art is something I take seriously. It’s an annual game of sorts that I play as spring grows near. I try to time the taking down of the flakes on the day when I am sure there will be no more snow for the rest of the season. I don’t want to take them down too early, and I don’t want to wait too long. Sometimes I fear I am jinxing things and that as soon as I take them down, snow will start falling. (I realize I really don’t have that kind of power in the universe, of course, but I want to get it just right.)
Today it rained all day. Maybe that’s because today I took the snowflakes down.