fter months of planning and anticipation, Christmas appears to be over all too quickly. On December 26, retailers tell us we are in the after-Christmas season of returns, exchanges, and more sales. The church calendar however, tells us it is still Christmas. The twelve days of Christmas - called Christmastide are the days after Christmas leading to Epiphany on January 6. During this season, we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
To help celebrate the season, here are some creative, simple ideas that have nothing to do with partridges or lords-a-leaping.
Have a silent night
One evening, turn off everything electronic. Go through old photos.
Remember the refugees
One of the crises in our world this year is the number of refugees risking their lives to leave war-torn nations to find places of safety and peace. Offer your support and prayers.
Pray through your un-decorating
As you put away the Christmas decorations, consider the symbols of the tree and evergreens, the nativity, the wreath, and more. Pray that even though these signs may get packed away for 11 months, the spirit of Christ will continue to be alive in you throughout the year ahead.
Begin a faithful intention
Many people make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight or give up an unhealthy habit. Consider a faithful intention this year to help you grow in your spiritual life. Rather than waiting until January 1 to begin, start during the Christmas season.
Be a person of peace
We may not be able to do much to promote world peace, but we have the power to make the world around us more peaceful. Spend the twelve days of Christmas practicing ways you can eliminate harsh words, anger, and other negative attitudes from your life.