In the winter of 1997, I began a love affair with snowmen. Well, not really a love affair, but I love what they can symbolize for Christians at Christmas. I had never thought about how the Christmas story could be told through the image of a snowman until I found a pocket-sized card at my local Christian bookstore. The front of the card said, “Jesus Warms My Heart” with a poem inside.
That particular year, I think I purchased every card they had and placed them inside snowmen cookie jars and gave them as gifts. The tradition continues to this year as a gift to each family in my Sunday school class. Perhaps this will inspire them to make the snowman a part of their Christmas tradition.
Now, ten years later, the snowmen are everywhere and they reside in my kitchen–on a wall hanging, place mats, dishes, candle holders, and teapots. Snowman mugs are available for homemade hot chocolate, coffee, or tea for family and friends. My treasured snowman collection–one from my daughter-in-law, from my mentor, and several from friends–sit on my kitchen windowsill reminding me of their love.
In my home, the snowman tradition continues to grow each year. I continue to find new ways to share the Christmas story through the symbol of the snowman. In the past I have hosted a Sunday school Christmas party where we served snowman soup and pie. Then we exchanged ornaments which had to be a snowman–of course! My favorite way to share my love affair with snowmen is by hosting a Snowman Tea Party. It is an excellent way to remind ladies Jesus loves them snow much!
About Laura Leathers
Laura is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is the founder of Tea Time Treasures, a ministry promoting Biblical Hospitality (www.teatimetreasures.net). Currently she is employed as an administrative assistant within a detention center—ministry in the marketplace. Laura received her Women's Ministry Certificate Advanced Degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Speak Up with Confidence Seminars (Basic and Advanced) and CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speaker Services). Over the years she has served as a Bible teacher, conference speaker and a free-lance writer.
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