Saturday, December 26, 2009

Column Today--The Day After Christmas

2nd Cup of Coffee Columns
Why don't candy canes taste as good on December 26 as they have for the last four weeks?

Overnight, radio stations have stopped playing Christmas music and resumed regular programming. Shiny packages wrapped with care are now shreds of white with ribbons trailing like puppy leashes. Holiday dinners are now leftovers.

Christmas trees are looking tired, and the glow of the rooftop lights is overshadowed by the prospect of bringing them down. And even as you read this, some are returning gifts they received only yesterday.

Christmas appears to be screeching to a halt if you merely take into account those cultural embellishments that we hang on the holy day like flashy ornaments. Their temporariness reflects the material life we live now, but the true gift of Christmas is eternal.

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10 comments:

My ADHD Me said...

It's funny (funny odd, not funny ha-ha) how on the day after Christmas the Christmas lights that decorate peoples houses look a bit saggy. Usually a few lights have burnt out the night before. And the snowglobes in the front yards seem to have lost half their air as they flop in the wind.

At our house, yesterday we woke up to the ground still being covered with snow from the previous few days snowstorm. This morning the rain is washing it all away.

And when did all those beautiful decorations in my family room turn into clutter????

Merry Christmas * 1!

Mocha with Linda said...

Wonderful column! You write so beautifully. The song I posted today has the same message.

Happy Day After Christmas!!

Catherine said...

Beautifully stated, Linda -- and oh, so true!

lailani said...

So well said! Thank you for a wonderful column to read and to be reminded of the greatest gift we celebrate this season.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Can't wait to go finish this article...love the start of it. The things you list here in the beginning are such a set up for a let down. Thank GOD the real Gift IS eternal!

On my way to finish the article...

H-Mama said...

Beautiful, as always. We are holding tight to Christmas cheer a lil' longer. Our tree may need to be dusted. ;)

2cats said...

As long as we remember the true reason the rest of the stuff doesn't matter.
I try to keep the feeling alive a bit longer. I still love my decorations. I still turn the lights on everyday. And today we still watched a couple of Christmas movies.

Brenda Susan said...

So true, it all just looks wrong all of a sudden. But I so dread the un-decorating thing, so much more fun to put it up!

hope42day said...

I have noticed this too. But more importantly, the real reason behind the season should live on in our hearts and be give in out everyday of our lives.

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

Loved this. Very well-written.