THE DAY AFTER

Dec 26th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Enjoy Extended Celebrations

Some are allowed an extra day to share in the spirit of the season.  Because Christmas this year fell on a Sunday, the day is extended beginning with a half day off on Saturday, all day on Sunday and a full day on Monday.  What that has a tendency to do is to treat it much like presidential holidays that are observed now on Mondays.  It lends itself to those who travel having extra time to travel or to enjoy those who do.

The day after carries no official symbolism, but is granted amnesty by those who are fortunate enough to work in arenas that allow for time off.  The irony is that theologically, while some quit the day as soon as midnight on the 25th arrives, the three wise men haven’t even really made much headway toward the scene of birth, celebrated on the 25th, but not consummated until Epiphany, twelve days later.

We were in church one Sunday, immediately following Christmas, when the “music” director announced we would not be singing Christmas music that day.  “After all,”  she pronounced “Christmas is over.”  The wise men might as well cancel their trip.

Joy of Christmas Carried Forward

It is a strange culture that seeks to mold and make everything to fit its convenient image.  Some would say this gives people one more day to enjoy themselves, their families, the occasion.  Is that what really happens?  Or is it much like Labor Day, a day when no one much cares about the reason for it, so much as they enjoy one extra holiday before summer quits.

Perhaps, it would have more significance if the day were declared differently.  What if we all, those who have the discretion, exercised behaviors and beliefs that are more in keeping with the season’s purpose?  While some, legitimately, would decry such an enforcement, would deny the need, that would be their right.  But even a fraction of us might help make a difference by traveling to our own “Bethlehem” where we find a pregnant girl giving birth to a homeless child. Maybe then, we could find that “celebrating” has less to do with over indulgence and more to recommend “caring” for those who continue to look for a star of hope.



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