Are we remembering Christmas as we forge ahead with the new year?
It’s hard to believe that Christmas was only two weeks ago. The decorations have been taken down, the trees hauled off, the wreaths stored in boxes. All evidence of Christmas is now in the attic.
I feel like we jump ship so fast. What was a rich spiritual season—even for those who don’t know if they believe—is now an intensely secular one. We greet the new year with intentions that no doubt serve us well, like changing our diets and limiting our alcohol intake, but we often fail to ponder the meaning of what has just come and how we can actively carry it forward.
I had written a post for today with the question What now? It was about setting a specific goal this week to help us execute on the intentions we pondered last week. That would be a good thing to do. But shouldn’t we also make sure that our intentions for the new year include retaining a sense of the joy and wonder of the season we just celebrated with such vigor?
As such, we might ask ourselves: Are we (still) in awe of the whole incredible story—the angel, the star, the newborn King—and its implication for all humanity? Do we even believe it? What is behind the Yes, No, or Sort Of that is our answer to that question? Ultimately, what role does Christmas play in our life outside of Christmas, and what role would we like it to play?