We’ve unwrapped presents, devoured Christmas cookies, licked the last candy cane, and attended holiday parties. Emails advertising post-Christmas sales came to our inbox on December 25 and on December 26, we may wait in return lines at stores or check ads for post-Christmas sales.    On January 2, many begin to put ornaments, lights, and decorations in their respective boxes. We wrap the nativity pieces individually and put away the manger. If we moved furniture around to accommodate a Christmas tree, we move it back. With strokes of a dusting mitt and a swish of a vacuum, our house is back in order. Does that sound familiar? The manger may be out of sight, but it is still Christmas. Whether or not we have a decorated house, it is still Christmas. Our long-distance family may have left for home, but it is still Christmas. Crumbs and broken cookies rest in containers, but it’s still Christmas.      In our routine normal, still existence, it is still Christmas.                                 January is often a time associated with post-holiday blues. The incessant and stimulating December activity changes to still and quiet. Some people may be bored. Yet, being still without the hype of festivities is where we normally live. When we personally embrace the message of Christmas, the decorations, presents, and parties take a back seat. The Person of Christmas lives, and we can live fully too.

I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.  (John 10:10b NIV)

     His message invites us every day, “Come. It’s still Christmas.” How do you respond to the change from incessant activity to “back to normal”?  How is it still Christmas for you?

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