The candy is slipping from the ginger bread house. The needles are falling from the tree. The turkey that was still frozen on Christmas morning has finally thawed and will be eaten tonight. (Did you know you can serve pork tenderloin with turkey gravy and no one will die? My kids think it’s all chicken anyhow.)
The presents have been given and opened and lost and found and lost again. The fridge is full of leftovers. The overpriced items will go on sale today. Little piles of Moon-sand can be stepped on throughout my house. (Maybe if I close my eyes I’ll think I am in the Caribbean. Whose bright idea was it to buy my child sand that you play with in the house—Santa!!!)
The Merry Christmas calls have been made and most of the cards have been sent. Happy Birthday to Jesus and the carols have been sung. The radio station is now playing something other than Christmas music. Pounds have been gained and bits of sanity lost. It has been a Merry Christmas y’all.
And as my little Brooke Caroline proudly announced, “It has been MARRRRRvelous!”
Yes, it has.
And now it is time to pack away Christmas. Maybe not right away, but at least by Valentine’s Day right? But let’s not pack away all of Christmas.
Let’s let some Christmas things linger throughout this year. The feeling of generosity. The family togetherness. The extra courage to share Jesus. The desire to cook and bake. (Okay this one is just for my poor family—I think I feel a resolution coming on.) Joy in our heart. Peace in our soul. (At least the joy and peace we found after the shopping was done.) Remembering to tell those we love just how much they mean to us.
And most of all may we carry with us throughout the year one thing we learned about Jesus this Christmas season. That would be a great gift in honor of His birthday this year. What was your one thing with Jesus this Christmas? Mine was Jesus loves me and His love for me is enough.
John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Sweet blessings friends. And may you be Merry After Christmas too.