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So, What Now?

Friends, are you feeling exhausted and maybe even suffering from a bad case of Christmas Hangover? Does your house look like an explosion at the North Pole -- a really BIG explosion! But, then again, maybe you are one of those extremely organized families with your decorations already taken down and neatly packed away for another year and all the thank you cards for gifts received this year written and sent out. The truth is; there is no One Size Fits ALL when it comes to how we handle Christmas and the holidays. So me of us hang onto Christmas as long as we possibly can and put off taking down the decorations and putting our house back in everyday order until the last possible minute! Others of us love to celebrate Christmas, but within a couple of days after Christmas everything is already back in its normal place and we have moved on to the next thing in our lives and on our calendars. How we deal with the aftermath of this time of year is almost as varied as how we deal with Christmas itself. Most of us have long-standing traditions about what we do to get ready in the week or so before Christ mas and through Christmas Day. But what then? What do we do with Christmas on the Sunday after Christmas and for the next year? Is Christmas something we can pack away when the actual day is past? Or is it something else? Something meant to last long after the Christmas Eve Services are over, something deeper and more reflective of how God calls us to live every day of the year? After all is said and done, maybe Christmas is meant as a reminder of what our whole life should look like? Maybe Christmas is meant to be a lifetime of people loving each other and happily sharing things. Things like joy, hope, and peace. If thats the case, wouldnt it be too bad if we treated Christmas like it was just a single day or even a season? Wouldnt THAT be a shame? (Permalink)

Speaker: Rev. Pat Sleeth

Handouts: traditional service bulletin, announcements insert

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