The Last Lights Shining

Every year it seems that my house is last one on our street with Christmas lights still shining. I like to leave them up until around Epiphany/ Three Kings Day. To me it feels too hurried to spend a month of frenzied preparation, only to have it culminate abruptly in two days of even more frenzied celebration (depending on your family situation). The very next day we all seem far too ready to simply move on with our regular lives, because “Christmas is over.”

I need more than that. I need time to simply sit, and revel, and bask, and it seems that it is only in the stillness of the days following all the activity of celebration that I finally find Christmas. Once I find it I also wish to keep it for as long as possible. I totally understand that some people want a fresh, orderly start in time for the New Year, and that’s what works for them. But in my experience no celebration of a New Year feels complete without also bringing along the last of the light of Christmas. It serves as a beacon of love, and joy, and hope; illuminating our path for the new days ahead.

I gaze upon those lights of ours, rending the darkness one last night, and I try to draw their brightness deep into my heart. Their warmth reminds me of this truth:

Christmas has come, Christmas is here, and Christmas will remain.

I can cling to that, even if I find myself in the dark.

May the light of Christmas continue to shine for each of you this New Year.
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5 thoughts on “The Last Lights Shining

  1. Princess Scooterpie/Moto_Diva January 5, 2015 / 8:18 AM

    Jen,

    I feel exactly the same. I am always the last on my street to deconstruct my Christmas light display and also the tree. We leave it up for Epiphany and sometimes well into January. It gives my heart joy and warmth and chases away winter doldrums. I am sad when Boxing Day comes around because radio stations stop playing Christmas caroles, which in reality I’d still line to hear. I have a mini lit tree in my Christmas village and when my daughter was little she used to beg me to leave it in her room on her dresser because she wasn’t ready to let Christmas go. She is a young woman now, but still wants that little tree in her room, it makes me smile. I don’t care if people think it’s odd that my tree is up well into January, it makes us happy and keeps the Christmas spirit alive & makes me happy. Don’t rush to put it away, keep the lights burning through the darkness shining into your heart for all to see.

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    • Jennifer (Seriously Not Boring) January 18, 2015 / 7:34 PM

      “Don’t rush to put it away, keep the lights burning through the darkness shining into your heart for all to see.” Lovely. I so agree. And you were the first person to actually “get” the metaphor :).

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  2. Dawn Marcotte January 6, 2015 / 1:12 PM

    What a wonderful post. I thought I was the only one to cling to Christmas after the 25th.

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    • Jennifer (Seriously Not Boring) January 18, 2015 / 7:32 PM

      Thank you! I must confess though, my tree is STILL up. At this point it is more out of disorganization than a continuing desire to “Keep Christmas” 😉

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  3. Princess Scooterpie/Moto_Diva January 8, 2016 / 8:15 PM

    My tree is up after Christmas 2015! As long as we are happy, I still hold to keeping the spirit alive. As for organizing for the New Year, I have been cleaning out closets and purging, so as long as I am doing that my tree can sit happily ensconced in the corner of my livingroom in January 2016!

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