Christmas is NOT finished on December 25 as the secular hoopla over Christmas would have us believe. Instead, the Twelve Days of Christmas just began on December 25. Despite hearing no more carols on the radio or seeing no more Christmas specials on television, we can continue celebrating Christmas and our Lord’s coming to earth many more days.
We have twelve days in which to entertain, relax and enjoy the Christmas tree and seasonal decorations and play with new toys. We can wear those poinsettia-decorated sweaters and festive angel brooches and munch on the rest of the turkey and extra desserts and cookies that couldn’t possibly be devoured in one big orgy on December 24 or December 25. Christmas cards are still timely if mailed to arrive before Epiphany on January 6. We can continue to listen to Christmas music. We can continue to read Christmas themed books and feel in season.
Tomorrow is Epiphany, but today I can wish everyone Merry Christmas one last time.
This message is excerpted from “The twelfth day of Christmas” by Phyllis Rude from the January 5, 2012, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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