My Christmas tree is still up

My Christmas tree is still up. I know — Christmas is over and it's time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life.

My Christmas tree is still up. I know -- Christmas is over and it’s time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life. But Christmas isn’t really over until after January 6th, the day when many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany from December 25th until January 6th. These days are a collection of 12...But Christmas isn't really over until after January 6th, the day when many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany from December 25th until January 6th. These days are a collection of 12 feast days beginning with Christmas day and ending after the revelation of the wise men. The revelation is called Epiphany or the unveiling or finding God in the flesh, (the baby Jesus in the manger).

This is the time the Three Wise Men (also sometimes called the Three Kings) visited and gave gifts to Jesus. This day actually closes the Christmas festivities and is the day many people exchange gifts.

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I have a friend in Georgia who leaves her Christmas tree up all year long. She turned her small office into a Christmas room with a tree decorated with beautiful lights and ornaments. The room is filled with books, Christmas art pieces, and music that she can walk into anytime she wants to feel the magic of Christmas.

"It makes me feel good, she told me. And it reminds me that I can keep the spirit of love and giving in my heart all year long."

If we read about the three Kings, we learn that they were from three different countries, India, Persia, and Babylon. They were magicians, referred to as the Biblical Magi, and astrologers who provided advice into the mysteries of life. They were consuls to the kings, not really kings themselves.

These men studied the stars, connected the dots of the ancient writings that told of a star that would direct them to a king. When the star appeared, they recognized it and followed it.

Their journey brought them to the palace of Herod the Great, King of Judea. But he was not the king they were looking for so they continued on in faith until they found the baby Jesus.

Their gifts they brought to commemorate the King of the Jews were; gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God.

The magi are a perfect example of knowing what you know, believing what you believe and doing what you need to do.

I recently read a comment on social media that disturbed me; "Seriously Walmart? You can't give us one more day to celebrate Jesus' birthday?"

My Christmas tree is still up. I know -- Christmas is over and it’s time to take the decorations and lights down and get on with life. But Christmas isn’t really over until after January 6th, the day when many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany from December 25th until January 6th. These days are a collection of 12...

The day after Christmas, Walmart, along with other retailers put out a line of Valentine gifts. I thought to myself as I read and reread it, "Walmart is a business, not a religious organization."

A day later we were having dinner at a restaurant, a friend came up to our table and said he didn't understand why people were still celebrating Christmas. "Why are people still playing Christmas music. After all, it's over," he said.

Remember the quote by Charles Dickens, in the book, A Christmas Carol, "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!"

We are living in a time when it seems we are being told what to think and how we should feel. Maybe a simple New Year's Resolution that we could keep would be "We will learn from our past, live in the present and walk in faith toward the future."

Another interesting quote I saw on social media that we might add to our New Year's Resolution, too; "Let's promote what we know instead of bashing what we hate."

We can learn from the Magi by believing in the grand miracle of God made flesh to atone for our sins and let us do it everyday of our lives.

And we can leave our Christmas tree up as long as we want to.

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Deana Landers
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  1. Becky Meacham -

    Love it, good encouraging read, historical truths we should ponder daily!❤

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Becky, for leaving a comment:). The comments help a lot. Love ya, Deana

  2. I am so excited to read this today. I needed this chat to refocus on what is important today. Thank you.

    • Deana Landers -

      Thank you, Deborah. I appreciate your comments. Please share this story if you feel it may help someone else. Deana

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