The Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s here, it’s here! The season of Christmas is here!

Wait, what?

Yes, I said, the season of Christmas is finally here. It begins tomorrow, Christmas Day.

We tend to think the Christmas season has been here for months, as soon as the stores began putting up their Christmas merchandise. But in the church, the “season of Christmas” is the twelve days from Christmas through January 5. The twelve days of Christmas are not the days leading up to Christmas, but the days after! On January 6th, we celebrate Epiphany. (Epiphany means to “reveal” and is a day to celebrate the Wise Men making known Jesus as Lord and King…but we’ll talk about that in a couple weeks.)

Christmas isn’t just one day, to quote the Grinch, “What if Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.”

I know we’ve been building up to it, as we’ve practiced “urgent waiting” this Advent season. But the real meaning of Christmas – God has come to be with us – I think takes a little bit more time to sink in. Especially since it’s been so busy getting ready.

I want to experience, reflect and savor. Now that the “stuff” is about done, I want to take time to sit and abide in God’s presence. I don’t want Christmas to be over on Monday, Dec 26 – I want to get into the stories. Mary, Joseph, the innkeeper, the shepherds, the angels, Mary & Joseph & Jesus having to flee to safety in Egypt, the Wise Men, the star.

We’ll be looking for you today at 3:00 and 5:00 pm as we kick off the Christmas celebration. There’s no worship Christmas morning – may your celebration be joyful. Then, we’ll see you for one service, 10:00 am on January 1st!

Grace and glory in the highest and peace to all this Christmas season,

Vikki

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