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Friday, December 25, 2009

An Idea I wish would fly around again

I realized a couple of days ago, I really hate Christmas.
No I do NOT hate Jesus, i LOVE Jesus. Some of His followers are getting on my last nerve though.
Pushing, shoving, drama, tears, passive aggressive behavior, and all t hat just took place at the post office the day I went to mail my last gifts...
I wish I could drop off the planet from about Dec 15th and return on January 5th, hold a big 12th day of Christmas party and be done with it all.
We gear up and put all our eggs in the Dec 25th basket, and the day after we forget, "the reason for the season..."
So many of us are in some sort of race to make it the best Christmas ever, then fail and fall into a funk.
I have talked to lots of friends going thru this...

However, I hope each of you is finding comfort and joy this holiday season.

I have been mulling around an idea.

Why not celebrate Christmas in the "new old-fashioned way?"

"How," you ask? By celebrating the full 12 Days of Christmas.

Think of what a stress reliever this could be!
Didn't get your sister-in-law's present there in time for Dec 25th? No worries!
Tell her you are keeping all 12 days of Christmas and it will arrive before 12 Night.
After the hustle and bustle of the insane rush to get to Dec 25, wouldn't it be nice to maybe have a lovely gentle tea or luncheon with your friends on say Sunday the 3rd?
It is still in Christmas tide, it would be really relaxing, gifts could be thoughtfully exchanged and a leisurely good time could be had by all.

Just something to think about...

I am in favor of giving ourselves permission to be gentle and keeping that holiday feeling just a little longer. Maybe we should start having grownup girlfriends Christmas gift exchange on the 12th Day of Christmas from here on out?
Merry Christmas especially to Doretha, thanks for keeping the blog going so splendidly.
You are a wonder as well as a thousand points of light all by yourself!

Happy Everything, ya'll. Love and light,
Aim High, Santa may still be watching...


Some 12 Days of Christmas Facts.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the Christmas celebration. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th).

In the Western church, Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12).

In some cultures, especially Hispanic and Latin American culture, January 6th is observed as Three Kings Day, or simply the Day of the Kings.
Even though December 25th is celebrated as Christmas in these cultures, January 6th is often the day for giving gifts.

In some places it is traditional to give Christmas gifts for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The Twelfth Night is January 5th, the last day of the Christmas Season before Epiphany (January 6th).

The original American colonists brought their version of the Twelve Days over from England, and adapted them to their new country. For example, it is believed that the Christmas wreath, originated with the colonials. A wreath would be fashioned from local greenery and fruits; they would be hung on each home's front door beginning on Christmas Night (1st night of Christmas) through Twelfth Night or Epiphany morning.
With the onset of more Americanized traditions throughout the past two centuries (such as the American "Santa Claus" also the popularity of Christmas Eve itself as a holiday, and rise in popularity of New Year's Eve parties as well, the traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas have been largely forgotten in the U.S. This is also heightened by the commercial practice to have "After-Christmas Sales" begin on December 26 and run usually until New Year's Eve.

Indeed, contemporary marketing and media tend to espouse the (erroneous) belief that the Twelve Days end on Christmas and thus begin December 14.

Some still celebrate Twelfth Night as the biggest night for parties and gift-giving and some also light a Yule Log on the first night (Christmas) and let it burn some each of the twelve nights. Some Americans also have their own traditional foods to serve each night.

My Grown up Christmas Wish

Lyrics by Linda Thompson

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies
Well, I'm all grown up now
Can you still help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream
So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up
Christmas list
What is this illusion called
The innocence of youth
Maybe only in their blind belief
Can we ever find the truth
There'd be no more lives torn apart
And wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list
This is my only lifelong wish
This is my grown-up Christmas list

1 comment:

angie said...

Cookie, I loved this post... the humor, the truth, and all the interesting facts! Still rolling about loving Jesus... but having some mixed emotions about his followers. This morning I plugged in my Christmas tree and am sitting on the floor with my boys, enjoying a cup of coffee. I agree there are so many benefits to letting the spirit of the season linger for just a while. What's the big rush?