I bought some Lindor ™ brand Chocolates (r) from Target (c) in Canton, MI ™. They were 50% off because they were in a triangle-shaped box. Triangle is the 2-dimensional shape of a Christmas Tree, therefore, it must be moved out for the Pre-Easter sale (Valentine’s Day). I don’t mind getting a good deal, nor do I mind consuming the bounty of that deal, as evidenced by the fact that all 25 truffles are gone. But I am saddened by the fact that Christmas gets pushed aside for the next season the day after. There are liturgical, ancient Christian reasons to keep the tree up for just a few more days.
The song “12 Days of Christmas” is based on the idea that December 25th is the beginning of a long stretch (around 12 days) of Christmas Celebration. Whereas most stores give Christmas 24 hours, I give it 12 days (288 hours). After all, it is the incarnation — the coming of Christ to earth — so it should get a fitting celebration that lasts. Jesus is worthy of such a celebration, since His arrival in the manger changes the course of history, now that God is with Us (Emmanuel). It is also another ancient Christian liturgical tradition to shout “woo hoo” in celebration. Go ahead – try it.
Continue to celebrate Christmas with me as we approach the Epiphany on January 6th. And join me in leaving the Christmas lights attached to the gutters until at least early February.