Today is December 26, also known as “The Day After.” Just as John 3:17 has lived in the shadow of its more famous predecessor, December 26 is the day that is privileged to follow Christmas. It’s the day when we clean up, throw away, and rest. Some families have a tradition of opening a gift on Christmas Eve; none that I know of save one for The Day After.
This morning, the morning of The Day After, I’m sitting at the table with my second pot of coffee and thinking about the past few weeks. Here are a few of my reflections:
- Christmas in America has become more than a season. It now begins before Halloween. The fourth quarter should be renamed the Christmas quarter.
- Many people are trying to do Christmas differently. They are trying to simplify and are more intentional about how they spend their money.
- People are crazy. Anyone who waits for hours in the freezing cold just for a chance to buy a large screen TV is crazy.
- Family time is important. It is ironic, however, that the holidays often make it harder to spend time with those who matter most to you.
- Worship on Christmas Day is significant. We encourage families to worship together on Easter yet encourage them to take the day off when it’s Christmas. We had over 300 people for worship on Christmas Day and most of them were not regular attenders.
Those are just a few of my reflections? How about you?