Thursday, 7 January 2016

Thursday, or Thereabouts - January 7, 2016

Undoing Christmas

It seems to me that the entire month of January is consumed by undoing much of what was done in December.

From twinkling lights to festive tables;

from Christmas trees, both real and artificial, to crystal stars and crafted angels;

from candles and creche to shepherds and a trio of late magi (they only just arrived yesterday!);

from cookies to waistbands; all in their own way must give way to the new year.

Empty of the razzle dazzle that powered December days, a hodgepodge of resolutions
 - to do more, to do less; to be more, to be less - 
rush in to fill the void in life's fuel tank. 

January is just not fun!


just for today,

in solidarity with our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters for whom this day is Christmas,

let there be one more rousing chorus of Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

In celebration with my daughter-in-law and her family,
        let there be one more lighting of the tree and the Christmas candle,
one more heart to heart and hand to hand.

Let there be one more
Merry Christmas!

Srećan Božić
Hristos se rodi

 ©2016 April Hoeller


  1. love - 'to do more, to do less; to be more, to be less -'
    Here's to be less and more. Cheers!

    1. Happy New Year, Arti! May 2016 be less and more for both of us.

  2. Packing up all the stuff and forgetting Xmas till following year. It's so hard for me...

    1. I know exactly what you mean Jon. When she was 10 years old, my daughter called taking down the decorations, a "funeral".