I had to take down all my Christmas decorations today. I am so sad! This happened just when I started to finally get in the Christmas spirit, too. I guess that means I’ll just have to hope I can keep the spirit of Christmas alive longer than normal. I try to remind myself it’s always Christmastime if you can keep Christmas in your heart all year-long. The hard part is seeing all the decor taken down and people not realizing that the spirit of giving should last all year. For some reason after Christmas is gone, I’ve noticed people think there’s no longer needy people or those who require additional attention. I’m not saying everyone thinks this way; I’m just saying that I see a vast majority of people who act that way. I notice this since I work with the public and in a public place. Maybe I wouldn’t notice as much if I didn’t work there, but something tells me I would notice it just the same since I’m so observant and attentive to my surroundings.
At any rate, don’t let Christmas disappear with your Christmas decorations when you take (or have taken) them down. As I recall from my childhood, there was a wonderful quote by Santa Claus in the TV movie The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas; in that movie the bear (Theodore “Ted” Edward Bear) is awaken by Santa and feels he must not have found Christmas and Santa reminds him “Christmas isn’t a place or even a time…it’s a way of thinking (and living).” The previous quote is a paraphrase of what I remember, as I can’t remember exactly what he said, but it was very similar to that. Anyway, I suppose that’s why I try to live my life as if every day was Christmas.
This past year was hard to get in the Christmas spirit, but now that I have I’m not going to forget why it was hard and find a way to keep Christmas with me throughout the year ahead! 🙂 I’m challenging you to do the same.
Love and prayers, as always! ❤