After Christmas

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After Christmas

It’s always kind of a letdown.  No matter how “well” everything went, we humans are not meant for this sustained level of intensity and special-ness.  Every meal, dish used (I am in the kitchen a lot), activity, and outfit, all must be different, special, festive, to commemorate the awesomeness of our Savior’s birth.  And it is true that his coming is a wonderful and amazing thing.

But the season never quite lives up emotionally, or even physically.  The wonderful meal gets served a bit late and cold or is burnt, or otherwise didn’t turn out.  The children surely don’t love the variety of dishes and must be coaxed to try just one bite.  People are sometimes grouchy, tired, disappointed, anxious, and so am I.  People talk too much or too little, children didn’t get their naps and are fractious, and it is often not “the most wonderful time of the year”. We want so much to be “up ” all the time at Christmas, but that is not reality.  And let’s face it, that is not Christmas either. We have invented a scenario that is doomed before it begins, and that has nothing at all to do with Christmas.

So today, I want to stop trying to create memories and enjoy what happens.  I want to thank God for his Son this day and every day. I want to eat and serve simply and with love. I want to listen, laugh, bathe small children, read stories, play, and hug my grown children in thankfulness. But I want the forced special-ness to be passed. It was fun, but it’s enough.

The Author

Imperfect follower of Jesus, wife to the greatest guy in the world, Mom to five wonderful grown children, and happy Nana to their ten littles. Having grown up in the Deep South, I retain a love for all things Southern. I became an amateur cultural anthropologist during a significant time living in SE Asia and still get to travel the world on mission and for fun with my sweetheart. I love asking questions, cooking for my family, helping women breastfeed, walking in the woods, eating biscuits, and having deep conversations about things that matter. On my wishlist are reading more, playing the piano, painting watercolor scenes, figuring out my awesome camera, and writing to soothe my soul.


  1. carol voglesonger says

    Holly, I am feeling every bit of this and always do at Christmas time. My mother has been so sick for 6 weeks and that is all I want to focus on but everything else gets in the way! I wants stop and go back to a simple time when we celebrated the reason for the season. I am so very sad today and still have house guests for two days. Glad to know that I am not alone in my feelings. Thank you! Carol

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  2. Jonathan says

    I know what you mean, and most of my Christmas’s since childhood have felt similar, even though I’m not even the one doing all the work and prep. Seems like it’s better to just take it for what it is like you said rather than expect things to feel different.

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