For most people Christmas ended at 11:59pm on the 25th December. For some it ended the moment all the presents where opened, and the excitement and expectation of Christmas morning had subsided. All was left was the 11 months left until the next Christmas. Of course, Christmas is not longer the time when you receive the one special item you have waited 6 months or more for. We tend to buy what we want during the year and then just get MORE stuff on Christmas.
Even for Christians, Christmas is now over. Yet, we forget that Christmas Day is not the end of the Christmas season but the beginning!! It should be the start of 12 days of feasting and celebration of the incarnation of God!! How many of us are still celebrating and rejoicing on the 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th of December? We are NOW, on the 26th December, entering the joyous, wonderful Christmas season. That is what I like about the Church season; Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter. We get to celebrate, to fast and to feast, to meditate on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the work of God in the world.
No, Christmas has just begun – let’s get celebrating!!