Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Hangover

There is quite a letdown after Christmas, isn't there?


The adrenaline of the holiday rush has worn off.


Family and friends go their separate ways.


The radio stations stop playing joyous Christmas music.


The sparkling and twinkling decorations start to come down.


The cleaning is endless.


It's easy to get caught up in the Christmas hangover ... I know I do.


But ironically, the days after the first Christmas were filled with joy, hope and wonder.  After all, it was from that day on that our Salvation became real for us.  


Said another way, the birth of Christ was just the beginning of our eternal life, not the end of a commercial holiday season!


So yes, I still get caught up in the Christmas hangover.  But now I use it as a barometer to measure how far off my perspective is.


The more "hungover" I am, the farther off base I am from what the Season really means.


Here's to a year filled with love, peace and Christ.  May this one be your most Holy yet.


God Bless you.



7 comments:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

God bless you and your family throughout the New Year.

Karinann said...

Great perspective, Michael. It is easy to get hungover on the effects of "after Christmas and year's end". That Scripture verse is a great one in which to go into the new year.
God bless and a Happy and blessed New Year!

christopher said...

A happy and blessed New Year, Michael! Another new beginning on our raod to Christ :)

noreen said...

Interesting way to capture the after-Christmas feelings if our perspective has been skewed. Mine always is to a certain degree but it seemed less this year. I think the older I get, the more I realize when I'm teetering off balance in my Christmas focus. Thank you for the reminder and Happy New Year. May your 2012 be filled with joy, peace and the love of Christ!

Charli and me said...

Another great post Michael. I remember growing up we never took our decorations down until what my mother said was 'Little Christmas.' I miss those days. Today we are all in such a hurry to whisk Christmas away. Maybe that's how Christmas became referred to as a holiday, I don't know. I do know that I'm going to try to become much closer to God this year. I hope you and your family have good heath, joy, and many blessing this new year and always.

Colleen said...

I was depressed during Christmas and uplifted after! I celebrated Christmas with my boys New Years weekend! And we still have our decorations up. God bless!

the booklady said...

Thanks Michael! May 2012 be a grace filled year for you and yours!