Today was the bittersweet, because I began taking down all my Christmas decorations! I know it's a new year, and the Christmas holidays are over, but I just want to enjoy it as long as I can. Last week when my granddaughter came over she said "Nana, you still have Christmas decorations up" I said "Yes, because Papa and Lee don't want to take it down right now, and that is ok with me... because I just LOVE Christmas, don't you?" Her reply was sweet, she said "Nana, I think we could be twins, because we both love Christmas so much!" I just smiled and told her "yes, we are just like twins."
Then this weekend she came over and said "Nana, you still have your Christmas decorations up" Before I could say yes, isn't it wonderful it's like we are twins or something, she interrupted me and said "But Nana, my mommy said... it's not Christmas anymore and next it's going to be Valentine's Day! "
So she came over today, and we started taking down Christmas. I know it's all good, but I really love the transformation that the whole world seems to take, when it is almost Christmas. Everyone is a bit nicer, happier, generous, thoughtful and on and on. I guess the word that really sums it all up is... people are just more Christ-like. Of course, I think that is appropriate, since that's whose birth we are celebrating.
So I will take down Christmas, but I pray we all can keep the same spirit of Christmas, all year long!
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
"Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to make you glad."
John Greenleaf Whittier
"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
"Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day."
Helen Steiner Rice
P.S. In the last two and half hours, we have had a storm front come in, and we already have almost 3 inches of snow!!! Oh well, at least I haven't taken my tree down yet! :)