Near our home in the Dallas area there is a huge hotel and conference center called the Gaylord Texan. When we lived there, my husband drove a trolley at the Gaylord that took people shopping in the near-by Grapevine Mills mall and the quaint town of Grapevine, Texas. We enjoy staying there when we are in the area, especially during the Christmas season.
Each year in October a group of artisans come from China to create a “winter wonderland” called Ice. It is the main attraction of the Christmas season. They spend hours in sub-zero temperatures carving a “Christmas spectacular,” from huge blocks of crystal clear ice. It is amazing.
This year the announcement came, the Grinch would be the star attraction! When we arrived at the hotel for our stay, he was everywhere. Even the room keys had his picture and said, “Guess Who?” The Ice gift shop that normally carried a vast assortment of “Texas” type trinkets and breathtaking home décor was bursting with “green things.”
We bundled up the grandkids and ourselves in the heavy parkas, provided by the hotel, and plunged forward into the nine degree temperature to see the show! It was breathtaking, and cold! They added lots of color this year to make the “green thing” stand out! I was a tad grumpy, no Santa’s workshop, no Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, no forest animals, NO NATIVITY!!!!
Normally, the last event is the slide made entirely of ice. The children love it! Excitement mounted as we shivered in the cold waiting for the boys to climb to the top and slide down. Children squealed with delight, dad’s snapped pictures and it was over!
As we followed the exit sign through the ice tunnel, my daughter turned to me and said, “Oh you of little faith!” Suddenly, I realized that the noise of the crowd in front of me had stilled. We stepped into one last room. There it was in its entire splendor, the Nativity, carved to perfection in crystal clear glistening ice. There were wise men, shepherds and sheep, incredible angels, and front and center; the Holy family with Jesus in the manger. I stood in awe. Through the speaker, a voice could be heard reading the Christmas story straight from the Bible.
Suddenly, it didn’t seem like nine degrees! The warmth of His presence filled my heart. The wonder of Christmas filled my thoughts. The cute, furry Grinch was out-staged by the true meaning of Christmas; the Savior of mankind!