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Best after Christmas

I enjoy the week following Christmas Day for several reasons.

The radio and malls have stopped playing all that seasonal Xmas music. Most have nothing to do with Christ.
Everyone is generally in a pleasant mood. The hype of Christmas day and Boxing day is over.
This is sales week. Everything you bought before Christmas is now reduced in price even further.

Since Christmas Day is not the actual day of Christ’s birth, only chosen by the church in opposing the cult celebrations of the equinox. Jesus really don’t mind which day we mass in memory of his birth. Chistians should allow the secular hype of Xmas subside and celebrate Christ’s birth on January 5. Many Orthodox Churches already have January 6th as Christmas Day. Perhaps this could allow the true meaning of the season to shine through. Christians could also take better advantage of the lower price sales for buying their gifts.

Christmas is a season that starts on December 25th eve and lasts for 12 days ending on the 5th of January. Traditionally, one would give a small gift on the first day and a gift each day up to the 12th day which would be the Grand Gift. Hence, the song “the Twelve Days of Christmas”. This is the Yuletide as mentioned in “Deck the Halls”.

The actual Liturgical Christmas season starts with the Feast of the Nativity celebrating God’s precious gift of the Savior and continues until the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, which in the present form of the Rites is celebrated on the Sunday after the 6th of January.

Just a quick note on music for the season. My wish is that singers would quit producing Christmas Albums which the radio stations are forced to play. For most singers, carols are completely apart from their genre and they only make a hash of them. As for songs like “Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Winter Wonderland” and others, the originals were much better. So please give us a break, especially all you country artists, cease and desist with the Christmas Albums.

It’s Sunday, off to sing some carols.

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9:00 AM Christmas Morning

It is 9:00 AM Christmas morning, been up for 2 hours, fed the dog and let him out for a run, made a pot of coffee, have a short prayer time, not that much different than any other morning. Other than exchange gifts with the wife (a new pair of slippers). I suppose that is what Christmas day comes to when your retired and the children and grandchildren live an hour or so away.

We have always been a boxing day get-to-gether family ever since our children were very young. It always seemed easier to let the kids have Christmas at home and ware off some of the new toy excitement before venturing out for an hours drive to visit Granny, whos house was always full with the children of my brother and sister and their spouses. Some traditions stick. Tomorrow the house will see some activity.

I feel compelled to write something witty or thought provoking but, alas, this Christmas morning in our house is just another day. I am wondering what Christmas day is for other people. I recall the busyness of this day. After attending midnight mass and losing two hours of sleep because the kids woke up early. The excitement of children as they discovered new treasure. The constant pickup of strewn wrappings and ribbons. The phone calls to relatives, each child in turn telling granny their Christmas story. The preparation of continuous snacks and then the preparation of the feast. It definitely was a full day, punctuated with happiness, excitement and at the end, a feeling of relief it was over. Oh, no, we have to do it all over again at grannies house tomorrow.

Was it all worth the effort? An absolute and positive – YES!! Now its time to make breakfast.

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