For the last several weeks we’ve celebrated the birth of our Lord. How awesome is that? We’ve had parties, spent time with family and friends, ate special foods, given and received gifts. My work weeks were interrupted and shortened. People seemed kinder and gentler.
What does back to normal look like? For me it’s five day work weeks without another holiday until the end of May. It’s snow and cold and nasty driving conditions.
I get what people are saying, that it’s time for the decorations to go away and get back into a rhythm. So many people start taking them down the day or two after Christmas. The Christmas season isn’t over then. Actually, tomorrow, the Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas is the end.
Okay, I can do without the shedding pine needles on my carpeting, but I’m not ready to see our angels fly away any time soon.
And why the rush? My guess is anticipation and the preparation started too soon. And then with all that behind them, they are too tired to enjoy the actual event. Catholic Mutt, in her New Year’s day post, had a great observation about enjoying the moments as they come.
I'm not sure I want things to go back to normal.
I want to stand at the top of the hill and see beauty and face the challenge.
I want to fly down the hill screaming like a little girl.
And I want to arrive at the bottom knowing I conquered something special.
Back to normal? Nah, not me.