Thoughts on the Day after Christmas

It’s December 26th – Boxing Day in Great Britain, as well as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the US it’s a big day for returning unwanted gifts – mainly to recover the money to take advantage of the big sales. For the most part, among us guys, unless it’s tools or gadgets, we take a pass.

wrapped-presents

The Catholic Church celebrates today as the feast of St. Stephen the Martyr. In my case, St. Stephen is both my patron saint, and I happen to belong to St. Stephen Martyr parish.

No – I didn’t get any gifts due either to Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day.

In some areas of the country today they’re getting snow. Where I live, we’ve gotten a lot of rain; the backyard looks like a lake. With snow you have grey skies, but the newly fallen snow looks white and pristine and makes things look brighter. With rain it’s all grey. However, you don’t have to shovel rain.

Yesterday our daughter came down with the flu, truncating the celbratory activities and necessiatating a trip to the local “Doc in the Box” for a diagnosis and Tamaflu. Merry Christmas! Don’t come over to our house unless you want to get sick!

Today I had to run to the store for various miscellaneous and sundry of which we had run out. I always try to be extra nice to the clerks this time of year because I worked retail many years ago and still remember how some customers can share their frustrations with the retail staff. This year it seems like most of the retail people outdid my efforts. They were very customer service oriented – both before Christmas and after. This was true of the discount stores, specialty stores and even the convenience stores. Over the past few years I would have thought that those with jobs would have been grateful, and now that things are improving, that attitude would have tapered off. Instead, I think that people are more optimistic and that moves them to a positive attitude.

Hope wins out over gratitude. Given that Hope is a divine gift, that really shouldn’t be a surprise.

As for me, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is enjoying Kwanzaa, preparing for the New Year, Festivus or the Holiday season in general.

One response to “Thoughts on the Day after Christmas

  1. Why was their no Room at the Inn

    by Pat Miron … working4christ2

    At the risk of demeaning my self; I confess to every year around Christmas time, pondering why there was *no Room at the Inn *for a pregnant women, and her husband in the city of David? Both true children of Israel. *

    Luke 2:6-11 *

    And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger*; because there was no room for them in the inn***. And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold *an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them*; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people*: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. *And this shall be a sign unto you. *You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger* * ***

    It seems to me only two possibilities could exist. Either the Inn-Keeper had in fact sold out all his available rooms; or he had succumbed to the greed so common in our self serving, very human nature; and was holding out for more wealthy prospects for tenants? * *

    This brings to mind the two choices man faces when confronted with truth. Submission or denial are the only options open to us. Making alternations, obstinacy, or even having received improper or inadequate instructions are simply various forms of denial, *because truth must be a singular reality. * * *

    This season ought to be for all Christians one if introspection. Relating this need to the situation of Mary and Joseph, we might ask ourselves: As I myself am the Inn that the Christ child seeks room in. *Do I have room? Do I make ROOM for Christ in My personal In ? *Is my mind, heart, soul open for Christ as MY invited and special Guest? Have I given Jesus the Christmas present that He seeks? Have I returned my will in favor of His Divine will? Both Christ and me cant be in charge; so am I able; am I willing to allow Christ to take charge of my life? *

    Is there room in My In for Christ? *

    ; or might I, like the infamous Inn Keeper be holding out for a more lucrative self-serving tenant? *

    *

    *Heb.6* *: 10 *For God is not so* *unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.

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