Well, I hope you all had as wonderful and blessed a Christmas as I did!
We began Christmas morning at church where we sang Christmas carols and listened to a short homily, celebrating our Savior's birth and reminding us of the angels' message to the shepherds: "Fear not!" After that, we headed home to open up our presents. That evening, we had a delicious meal with our cousins And then, we finished the day off with a wonderful time of fellowship, talking, and playing games with great friends.
Well...now it's December 26.
Always a bitter-sweet sort of day for me - Christmas Day is past...but it still really is Christmas time. In fact, Christmas time is, in a way, just beginning. People used to really celebrate Christmas for 12 days, beginning on the 25th.
I really like that tradition. So I'm going to keep it, in a small way, by posting a Christmas verse, poem, song, or meditation on every one of the 12 days of Christmas.
I'm starting with this quote from Chesterton...quite a worthy way to begin, I do believe :)
"Christmas is an obstacle to modern progress. Rooted in the past, and even the remote past, it cannot assist a world in which the ignorance of history is the only clear evidence of the knowledge of science. Born among miracles reported from two thousand years ago, it cannot expect to impress that sturdy common sense which can withstand the plainest and most palpable evidence for miracles happening at this moment. . . .Christmas is not modern; Christmas is not Marxian; Christmas is not made on the pattern of that great age of the Machine, which promises to the masses an epoch of even greater happiness and prosperity than that to which it has brought the masses at this moment. Christmas is medieval; having arisen in the earlier days of the Roman Empire. Christmas is a superstition. Christmas is a survival of the past." GK Chesterton