Monday, December 26, 2011
That After Christmas Let Down
When things go back to "normal" after Christmas I usually feel a combination of relief, exhaustion and disappointment.
Relief that we made it through the craziness of the season and our regular ol' routine looks pretty appealing again.
Exhaustion because now we have to find new spots for the stuff and clean up all the decor. The "fun" part is officially over.
Disappointment because this is the time of year I look forward to the most. Now I have to wait another year for it and well, honestly, it's never quite as "magical" as I always hope for it to be. :)
One thing struck me as I was pondering this "after Christmas let-down" that I inevitably seem to face. It may not seem profound, but it rang true in a new way for me this season: Christmas is a year-round celebration. We don't even technically know when Jesus was born. So... maybe today's the "real" Christmas... or tomorrow... or...who knows?
So you know what I'm doing today?
Not with lights or gifts or cookies. Just celebrating the incarnation of Jesus. The fact that he became flesh and dwelt among us is something to celebrate all year long.
I'm usually one of the first to say that after Christmas is over, it's over. No more music. No more "crafts." Get the tree down. Pack up the evidence. But you know what? I think I might just play with the Little People Nativity with the boys one last time before I pack it up. I might even sing a few carols while we finish up our Truth in the Tinsel (even though we got a head start, we STILL managed to get behind. :)
This year, instead of wishing Christmas a good riddance, I'm going to try to hang on to it all year long...
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Posted by Desiré at 6:30 AM