But I know, Christmas is over. Still, I'll probably Tweet out this week's banner at least a couple of more times just because. As crazy as it is, Christmas is a special time of year, and it's a shock once it's over.
Admit it - you always feel a bit like a deflated balloon on December 26. Sure the holidays are fun, and hectic. There have probably been more than a few times when you wished for this day to finally arrive and for Christmas to (finally) be over. But when it actually does arrive, it's a bit of a shock. Suddenly, the Christmas songs and movies stop. Suddenly, the tree looks a bit bare with all of the gifts distributed. Suddenly, life is going back to normal, as you pick up your house after the holiday rush (because all of our houses look like an F5 tornado hit it the day after Christmas, whether you hosted holidays or not). Suddenly, those Christmas decorations look a bit strange.
And yes, there probably is a sense of relief in there that it's finally over. The "but it's Christmas!" logic keeps us all in a whirlwind for the past month that's sometimes fun and sometimes frustrating. But it's not Christmas anymore.
Maybe you're heading back to work. Maybe you're heading home from holiday travels. Maybe you're having leftovers from feasts the past 2 days for dinner. Maybe you rushed to get the decorations down today. Maybe you're leaving them up to brighten these long, dark nights just a bit longer. Maybe you're already on your way to whatever comes next. Maybe you're making resolutions to decide what comes next. Maybe you're getting back on track with the plan you already have. Maybe you're preparing for something new. Maybe you still have more holidays to celebrate. Whatever the case, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and that you hold that magic and wonder in your heart as you move into 2019.
As we move forward into closing out 2018 and making our resolve for 2019, I pray that you keep the love, peace, and joy of Christ that we just celebrated. Because it wasn't just to have a holiday marathon of gifts and food. It was about the Savior that changed the world, and taking that celebration into every area of life.
That's all today. Take care, and have a great rest of the week.