Sunday, 8 January 2012

All good things...

I’m eating the candy canes off our Christmas tree. It’s a sweet and sour moment, sweet because it’s the final taste of Christmas 2011, but sour because our next festive season is almost a year away. This time of year can be anticlimactic, the Christmas trees are re-boxed (or pity the thought cast away), Christmas lights are put in storage, Santa hibernates and the new years resolutions tend to wear off. The end of the Christmas season is sad, the cheer seems to evaporate like cheap perfume.
Inevitably it’s said, “All good things must come to an end.” I disagree, yes the feasting, blinding light displays and exorbitant spending must come to an end. They are not necessarily a good thing, if we ate like it was Christmas everyday, biggest loser auditions would have to be held in Olympic stadiums around the country. If we kept our light displays on year round we’d be broke come March (not to mention the effect on the environment!). If Christmas spending didn’t cease, we couldn’t enter our home for the clutter of socks, jocks and DVDs that we watched once and won’t think about for another decade!
The good thing about Christmas is family and friends, it’s strangers cheerfully greeting you in the street and sales clerks being happy to see anyone, even those of us who still can’t get back into our pre-pregnancy clothes and are looking a little shabby. They are the things I really love about Christmas and those things don’t have to come to and end, we can enjoy those year round. I’m not going to finish all my candy canes, I’ll save some to savour through 2012. Take the “good” things about Christmas with you, because all good things don’t have to come to an end, not if we choose to take them with us. 
By Susan Magaitis
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV

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