My decorations refuse to budge. The tree (thankfully it's fake) stands triumphantly blazing lights in the corner of the room. Banisters all decked out and red velvet blankets still snuggle on our couch. Officially our family has decided to continue celebrating all month. Boxes to be filled with red and green will not come of out the garage until the end of January.
Yes, I know we are hosting celebrations and people at our home. Quite possibly hundreds of people will pass through our doors this month and see our faux pas. It only makes me smile and giggle all the more.
Christmas cannot be contained in a month. The joy of celebrating what Jesus has done for me, my family, my everything simply doesn't fit into 31 days. Our home bubbled over with love, friends, family and hearts wide open to Him. We ushered into 2012, thankful for the past and expectant for all that lies ahead in the future.
So, what's the harm in celebrating a bit more. If a lit tree and sparkling ornaments of God's faithfulness brings smiles to all of our faces, then this mom says leave them up. If a manger scene reminds us that each day is all about Him and not about us, why tuck it away so soon. And if our family all agrees and friends who visit shake their heads and smile, why not?
From our home to yours Merry Christmas. And yes, I know it's already January, but we're still celebrating over here and would love to have you join in the festivities.