My fiancee and I were lamenting the passing of Christmas when we realized that we could now begin looking forward to next Christmas.
I told her about a song I remembered singing as a kid called “Keep Christmas With You.” I thought it was a song we sang in church, but some quick nostalgia browsing turned up a clip from a Sesame Street Christmas Eve special.
Christmas comes and goes so fast, I think, because it’s become another rote list of to-do’s among the many other activities in our busy lives. A series of boxes to check. Wrap the presents. Get the tree. See Santa. All immediately followed by these such tasks: Pack up the decorations. Pull the tree to the curb. Etc.
Time was the beginning of the winter season marked a period of quiet reflection and slowing down. Not a time for a global buying spree on Amazon.
I’m not opposed to gift-giving and especially gift-getting around the holidays. My fiancee gave me several wonderful gifts this year. But as is often the case, the greatest gift was the extra time we got to spend together. Doing more of that in 2018 will be my way of keeping Christmas alive throughout the year.