December 28, 2015
My guess? Most people are already looking forward to football (45 bowl games – 90 teams. Oh the humanity. So many games that none are important anymore.) #Inflation #CantKeepTrack
People also semi-dread going back to work. Some are trying to figure out how are they going to pay for all the excesses of the past two months. (Or, for certain procrastinators, the excesses of the 24 hours before the First Day of Christmas.)
Is this really what the Fourth Day of Christmas is all about? Why should the glow fade so fast? And really, what was the glow all about?
There is a lazy side of me that wants to see holidays extend themselves. I have to bestir myself to get back into the flow of regular work and life. What helps sometimes is to remember the etymology of the word holiday. It’s pretty obvious when you stop to think.
Holiday means holy day.
Christmas is not just an event. It’s an awareness of reality – a celebration of a historical event. There was an Incarnation. But it’s also a celebration of the ongoing eternal gift.
The effects of the Incarnation aren’t over in a few days. They aren’t over these 21 centuries later. We have just experienced our annual little pitiful human attempts to observe and remember that momentous invasion of our space.
Some branches of the church intentionally observe Christmastide, the 12 days of Christmas. I believe more of us need to do that. Let the celebration begin on the First Day and let it permeate the next couple of weeks as we reflect and think about the event and the results of Christ come to earth.
This is the Fourth Day of Christmas. How do you intend to keep your heart and spirit aware of His presence and of His work around you during this Christmastide?
By the way, it’s OK to keep feasting. We have some
thing One to celebrate!
This is the fourth in a series of 12 consecutive articles on the 12 Days of Christmas. Here are links to the rest of the series:
The 12 Days Have Begun!: First Day of Christmas
What Did You Get for Christmas?: Second Day of Christmas
Most People Missed the Good News: Third Day of Christmas
Are You Still Playing Carols?: Fifth Day of Christmas
Slow It Down: Sixth Day of Christmas
Silvesterpunsch: Seventh Day of Christmas
Let It Snow (or not): Eighth Day of Christmas
Whatever Happened to Christmas?: Ninth Day of Christma