Don’t shortchange the Christmas season
There are many great debates during the Christmas season. Real or artificial tree? Angel or star on the top of the tree? White or multicolored lights? And — my favorite — when do you take down your Christmas tree? (I’ll share my thoughts on the latter shortly — keep reading!)
Though it happens every year, it’s always astonishing to see how stores and malls rush the Christmas season by stocking their shelves with decorations as soon as the leaves start to change. But by the strike of midnight on Dec. 26, all signs of that Christmas spirit disappear for another year. Valentine’s Day chocolates and hearts have already taken their spots on the shelves. It is hard to drive down the street the day after Christmas and not see trees lying by the curb. Why is our society in such a rush to celebrate Christmas then is quick to move on as soon as it is over?
Thank goodness the Catholic Church’s liturgical year celebrates Christmas for 19 days! Christmas actually concludes this year on Sunday, Jan. 13, which is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. So even though we already celebrated the Epiphany, we still have a few more days of Christmas!
So back to those great debates. I have an artificial tree with multicolored lights and an angel on top that is still on display in my living room! When I’m home in the evenings, I still light the tree and enjoy the beauty that it brings to my home. I’m still savoring this joyous season for a few more days!
So, if you have already taken down your tree and decorations, consider keeping them up longer next year. Don’t rush the celebration of the greatest gift — the birth of our Lord!