This is the season of Christmas! In the church calendar, Advent is celebrated until Christmas. Then, we celebrate Christmas until Epiphany on January 6th- the Twelve Days of Christmas. I get frustrated when the world seems to abandon Christmas on the 26th. We spend so much time and energy on the month(s) leading up the the holiday, then POOF it's gone in a day. Let's try to spend some significant time this Christmas season focusing on what it means for us that God loved us enough to be born as a helpless infant and live as a human.
Lord, help us to slow down and remember that Christmas isn't one day. Help us to live the love and joy and peace of Christmas throughout the year, but especially as we enter the dark days of winter and the promise of a new year. In Jesus' name, Amen.