When I was a kid the post Christmas season always seemed to be a let down. I was so excited about Christmas itself, that I often failed to see that part of the beauty of welcoming the Christ child was the process. We forget process in our day and age and go for the end goal. There is beauty in process…there is beauty in the journey.
Christmas is a time to remind us that there is much more ahead BECAUSE of the Christ child. Now that we have celebrated the light that has come into the darkness, we can BE that light in the world.
What does that look like for you, being the light of the world? Maybe it means enjoying the process and the post-Christmas celebrations. After all, we are actually still in the 12 days of Christmas. For the early Christians, Christmas day was just the beginning of the celebration. In our culture, Christmas day seems to be the end all. The Christian calendar defies that the season has ended, but encourages us to be part of the process.
What would it look like to just begin the celebration now, a few days after the day of Christmas. How can you enjoy the Christ child today and celebrate and reflect all that the Messiah brings?