In case you didn’t know, tomorrow is Christmas.

tree-christmas-presents_783606I’m sure beginning with now through the next thirty-six hours will be some of the craziest of the year.  Yet, it will also be some of the most exciting—for most people.  The next day and a half promises family, friends, food, music, games, noise, dirty dishes, a lot of wrapping paper, and those Christmas decorations that now have to be scheduled to be taken down and packed away in order to be put on display next year.

And then reality starts to settle in and that reality is the focus of today.  From Proverbs 24:26 we’re reminded:

An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

Translation: it’s a very good thing to receive an honest answer.  Most of us want this.  We value people who are straight shooters and let us know how things really are.  Facts are our friends, after all.

So in light of Christmas and the next thirty-six hours, here are some honest answers to the question of “What do I do with these feelings after Christmas?”

  • Think about what you’d like to do differently next year.  It’s never too early to plan.
  • Get some friends together, get some coffee, and just hang out.  You probably didn’t get a chance to spend time with them through the Christmas season but they are nevertheless important.
  • Remember the wonderful experiences you enjoyed during the entire Advent and Christmas. Don’t let the “blues” push those away.
  • Read John 1 in its entirety.  Don’t forget the “reason for the season.”  Keeping Jesus in Christmas is more than a manger scene.

I hope my honestly at this point helps.  At least, perhaps, you can keep it in the back of your mind as you enjoy what really can be “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Merry Christmas!