Monday, December 26, 2011
The day after Christmas brings a lot of anti-climatical events, unless you live in England and celebrate Boxing Day. For most of us, we feel sandwiched in between a week of two celebrations (Christmas followed by New Year's). For my family, the latter is pretty uneventful since we don't celebrate and are usually in bed by early evening!
I've tried to come up with various ways to 'hang on' to the season. After all, I'm still listening to Christmas music and left a couple of decorations up. Overall though, the excitement falls by the wayside after your last opened gift... or once you've emptied your glass of eggnog! Either way, at some point the festivities must come to an end. For my husband and I, it was when the closing credits of 'It's a Wonderful Life' came on last night and our baby was calling for me to go 'night-night'.
Having said all this, I've still embraced this week as a blessing because ALL the projects I've wanted to do for Christmas - but didn't have time for - I can now work on. It's really a great idea if you think about it. You can make your own stockings or perfect that paper Christmas tree (wasn't it easy??) or whatever your big heart desires. Possibilities are endless.
You can also celebrate the Epiphany, that is, the coming of the three wise men and end your season January 6th. You see, the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' begins today, as the three men embarked on their journey to visit baby Jesus and came armed with Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. In these days of trains, planes and automobiles, it is difficult to truly appreciate the miles these men endured to see our newborn King. But what a sight it must've been for them to finally arrive!
Feel free to put up an Epiphany advent calendar and put a little extension on your holiday season. Why not? It's more reason to stay festive and to remind yourself that even though everyone is ready to move on to the next holiday, that old 'Christmas feeling' never truly goes away in your heart. And isn't that what really matters?