A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ~Benjamin Franklin
As Kyle and I were taking down my Christmas decorations last week, I couldn’t help but feel a bit of deja vu.
As I was removing my house of all signs of Christmas, and Kyle was removing ornaments from the tree, I heard him make a comment, not really directed toward me, but out loud, as if talking to the tree, “Poor tree, doesn’t look happy now.” And you know he was right, not only was the tree bare, but the needles were falling off. Initially when I set up the tree in the tree stand, it had a slight lean that I never fixed. Now, as I look at it, the lean has grown considerably. Almost to the point where it will eventually meet the floor if I kept it in its current position.
We have come full circle in a months time from The Piper Christmas Tree. Then I noticed that I still had my Christmas lights up. Yep, I started out being the only person on the street without the glow of lights, and now I am the only one all lit up. As I was taking down the multicolored light strands I started to laugh. It did seem fitting that I put the lights up in the rain, and that’s how they’re coming down. Lighting Up the Holiday.
You see, I never like to take down my Christmas decorations right away. After all, the three wise men didn’t even get to present their gifts to baby Jesus the night he was born, even though we don’t have an exact date. Plus we celebrate the Epiphany a week or so after Christmas Day. Not to mention the Russian Orthodox Church doesn’t even celebrate Christmas until January 7th, well, after most of the population has taken down their decorations. I am never in a hurry to take them down. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to clean up and get ready for a new year, but it’s also nice to not rush through the blessed season.
I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!