Thursday, January 6, 2011
Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas
Traditionally, Christmas is a season, not a day. This season BEGINS on the 25th of December. I think Christmas is such a let down for some people because they prepare prepare prepare only to celebrate it on one day. Or they believe they should celebrate it all December while preparing for the big day at the same time, leaving them less time and energy to prepare.
We feel guilty if the Christmas cookies aren't made by December 25. Why? Unless you are hosting the First Day of Christmas at your house and need them for dessert, what is so wrong with making cookies to bring to neighbors on December 28th instead? (BTW, I'm not knocking Cookie Party Exchanges. That's a great idea, especially if you are hosting December 25 or bringing dessert).
I realize that people with children have to have everything "Santa ready" (insert your own meaning into that phrase, please), but if you give your child more than one gift, why can't a smaller one be given on one of the other days of Christmas? Or maybe it wouldn't be so bad to buy Christmas gifts for people you won't see until after Christmas after Christmas?
Maybe it is partly because I broke my toes and couldn't do much before Christmas, but I am glad for the extra time to buy gifts for people whom I wouldn't see on Christmas anyway. I'm also glad that we had some celebrations together after the "BIG day". I enjoyed baking kolackys with my uncle this past weekend, and can't help but think of what a gift it is that we get more than one day!
Seriously, it is the retailers that want to make it one big day that you have to do big and perfect. They count on this one day to make the most money they'll make all year, but for those of us who are celebrating the Incarnation of Christ, one day is not enough to contemplate, celebrate and communicate it! Twelve days aren't enough either come to think of it, but there is always next year!
How are we going to celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas? Before Bob goes to his Bible Study group, we will bless our house, as we have each year on Epiphany since we moved here.
The Anglican priest on this blog seems to use a house blessing ceremony similar to ours.
Happy Twelfth Day of Christmas. Be blessed by the mystery and wonder of the Incarnation of Christ always.
Please join me in singing the last Christmas Carol of the season.