Posted by: desirehigher | December 26, 2012

The Day After Christmas

Today is the day after Christmas.

Christmas is over.  Things are returning to normal.  We put away the Christmas presents, leftover holiday foods, and cheery decorations.

We return to work, soon the children will return to school.  Christmas is soon forgotten…

But,

Does it have to be?  Do we want to forget about Christmas until 11 months from now when the whole thing repeats itself?  Is that all there is to Christmas?

Not necessarily.

As Charles Dickens wrote, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”

What does it mean to keep Christmas all year?  Singing Christmas songs, decorating your house, preparing extravagant meals, giving away gifts all year ’round?

No.  This question is easily answered when we remember the true meaning of Christmas.  The reason for the season.  Why do we have Christmas?  What does it commemorate?

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Son of God.  He would free us from our sins, save us from death, provide the power that will bind families together forever!

What helps us to keep Christmas all year?

Doing the things that help us to remember Jesus Christ and strive to be like Him.  Praying to our Father in Heaven, expressing our love and appreciation for what His Son did for us, and asking for His help to remember His example and to show us the way to help others also.

We keep Christmas as we look around us for opportunities to bless and strengthen others, our family, friends, even a kind word to strangers who cross our path.  These things bring back the feelings of Christmas any time we do them.

Thus, every day can truly be Christmas day.

It is the day after Christmas.  What have you done to today to feel the Christmas spirit?

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