The Second Sunday after Christmas Day.
This Sunday will close the Christmas season at All Saints’. We will sing a few more carols and read the story of the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child and their highly symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are always late! And immediately after the worship service today, people will take down the Christmas tree here at church and the garlands hanging on the back walls.
Life will return to normal as if nothing has really happened. The ripple in the pond will fade away, and Christmas, 2019, will be boxed up and put in the attic for one more year.
In spite of the quick disappearance; in spite of the fact that Christmas is an enormous amount of work, I am always glad to see Christmas come. Why? Because it is during this time of year that we see the human race more like God intended us to be...a little kinder, a little more generous! As Edgar Guest wrote in his poem about Christmas:
“Human beings are the finest towards the finish of the year; We are almost like we should be when the Christmas season ‘s here."
We practiced this with some intention (or at least set out to try) by keeping an Advent of Kindness. We would love to collect your stories about this practice to share with the community, and perhaps inspire all of us to carry the spirit of Christmas well into 2020 and beyond! Email your stories to Cheryl at
And...a happy Christmas to all!