Going into a retail store the day after Christmas is often interesting in an unconventional way. The same location that was full of holiday decor, festive (if not great) music, and displays geared towards Christmas is now more ordinary. Gone is the holiday decor, the piped-in music is back to its usual self, and the seasonal displays are all 100% Valentine’s Day.
If you didn’t know any better, you might conclude that Christmas never was. Thankfully, that’s never the case – Christmas did originally happen over 2000 years ago. The reality that is Christmas is still here today, even if you have to get past a lot of superficial trappings to see it.
Many who keep their decorations up past Christmas, listen to Christmas music after that point, or otherwise don’t get into the spirit of things before Christmas might feel odd – is there a place forr less conventional celebrations?
Remember, despite what the retailers and pop culture would have us think, the Church season of Christmas doesn’t wrap up til January 6th. If you still feel like being merry, go right ahead, you won’t be “weird”. You’re in good company, especially seeing that our Orthodox friends celebrate on January 7.
Let us go forth into the world and REJOICE in Christ’s Incarnation