Summary: Usually, the day after Christmas, we find ourselves worn down, spent... and DONE. How can we carry the joy of Christmas throughout the year?

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Twas the Night After Christmas

Before I start out, I need to find my mother-in-law. This first part is fictional… OK… as in not true… but it’s going to set up my sermon so roll with it ok?

’Twas the night after Christmas

I remember it well,

With presents all over,

My house looked like… bad!

The stockings once hung,

by the chimney with care,

Were now on the floor…

Thrown here and thrown there!

The in-laws were gone,

Headed back to Dakota…

But not before getting

Will hopped up on soda!

We collapse on the couch

no energy to spare,

He swings from the curtain

And we don’t even care.

We finally got him

taped down to his bed,

All high on sugar,

Too much candy, we said.

The ensuing mess,

still lay on the floor,

we try to avoid it,

it instills too much horror.

The food is still out,

Turning greyer in time,

No one dare touch it,

It’s three quarters slime.

We vow never ever,

Shall we ever again

Bring sooo… ooh many

Into our… tiny den.

And so as me and mine

Finally give up the fight,

Merry Christmas to all,

And to all a good night.

So here we are, just a few days after Christmas. How are you doing? Are you still buzzing with the excitement of Christmas? Or… not so much. Are you a little run down… tired of the festivities… ready for this new year to get started already so we can just get on with our normal lives again. Dreading going back to work? To be honest I was dreading today a little bit. Me and the other 20 some pastor’s I graduated with were all saying the same thing as we procrastinated on Facebook together… “I have no idea what I am going to say tomorrow” we said to each other. I debated having a hymn sing and calling it a Sunday, but then Alyssa guided me back to wisdom. After ALL Kay has done this past week with extra services… I’d kill you if I was her. So I thought wiser of it and went back to the grindstone.

Then, I got this little bit of inspiration. I’m not alone… in being run down. Sure pastors are always a bit worn out after the holidays, but it’s not just us. We’ve all been running nonstop trying to pull this holiday together. To further prove my point… an amazing thing happened yesterday morning… the Holy Spirit moved me towards a story in yesterday’s Pantagraph. Sitting on the top of the paper pile was yesterday’s “Life” section… and an article “Moving On… the Day after Christmas.” I think it helps paint the right perspective.

It’s the day after Christmas and my friend Sissy Blissman, the sweetest person you’d ever want to meet, has already taken down her Christmas tree.

In fact, the tree was dismantled Christmas afternoon. The ornaments were packed and tucked away in the closet. The strings of lights were neatly wound up and stuck in the garage. Torn ribbons and bows were collected and hauled to the curb for garbage pickup. By 5 p.m. Christmas night, there was nary a sign that Dec. 25th was anything other than an ordinary day. Not a sprig of mistletoe remained.

“I love decorating the house for Christmas,” she says, “but by the time Christmas day rolls around, I am tired of looking at it all.”

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