Christmas Isn’t Over Yet!

The saddest day of December 26h, to me, are all the discarded Christmas trees lining the curbs. Frankly, I can understand this as they are all dry and probably fire hazards . . . because many of them have been in place soon after Thanksgiving dishes were washed and put away. How lacking is a holiday putting the culmination of the Christmas event so far ahead of the goal. The decorations and outside lights have been up for weeks. Where is the anticipation of Christmas if so much of it appears before we have even made our way through Advent? And, now, Christmas is considered over and done for 2015 and we will probably start seeing Valentine candy in the stores within the week.

My mother was raised in Germany and their custom was that no child would even see a Christmas Tree until Midnight on Christmas Eve. The doors to the place where the tree would be were closed to excited children while they heard interesting sounds and rustlings going on behind closed doors. At midnight, the doors would open to reveal a tree sparkling with tinsel and candles. In my mother’s home, she had a few minutes to take in the glory and it was then off to Midnight Mass with excitement in the heart for the late night out, the beauty of the Christmas Mass, and a few thoughts about what would be under the tree when she got home.

Christmas continued from the 25th until January Sixth when the Three Kings paid an overnight visit and let some treats in her shoes to find in the morning. Between the 25th and and January Sixth was filled with visiting, tasty coffee parties, meeting up with friends, and exchanging gifts. December 25th was the beginning of Christmas not the end of a hectic holiday season.

Your Are in Danger of Losing the Christmas Spirit When . . .

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You are in danger of losing the Christmas Spirit when. . .
by Barbara M. Barthelette

1. One of the children says he/she only wants one thing for Christmas . . . and it costs $300.

2. The children want to know Santa’s e-mail address.

3. The Christmas cookies are eaten up as they exit the oven.

4. You start receiving the same fruitcakes you sent to all the relatives.

5. Your husband asks what date Christmas falls on this year.

6. You get ten minutes notice that three of your children are not only in a Christmas play but require costumes.

7. You find a front parking place at the mall on December 23rd and discover you left your checkbook and credit cards at home.

8. You get out the Christmas decorations and discover the missing eggs from the Easter egg hunt.

9. Your twelve year old announces that he still believes in Santa . . . and he want a computer for Christmas from St. Nick.

10. You ask the children to put on some Christmas music and you hear cats giving a rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas.