Is Christmas 2010 Over?

To some, it's just hard to let go...

Well it’s over for this year, or is it? Do you have trouble letting go of Christmas? My wife has already taken down the tree, removed the wreath and bells from the door, changed the tablecloth, removed the angels, garland and bows and is beginning to think spring. That’s a little hard to do with about 4 – 6 inches of snow on the ground and it’s still coming down, services canceled at church because of the weather. With the thought of probably not going out today, I just started a pot of pinto beans and decided to settle down and write a little bit.

Christian Christmas
Christian Christmas

a twelve days of Christmas celebration...

How soon do you get over it? I know some people and some cultures that just hang on to the memories and decorations for as long as possible, savoring each thought and semblance of the whole Christmas season and experience for days, weeks and months, some well into the new year. While some may began a twelve days of Christmas celebration, others are just as content to let loose and just get over the holiday completely and move on with their lives. “What’s the purpose, it’s over isn’t it?” vs “Why not wait just a little longer?” I guess it’s sorta’ like when do you first put up the tree before Christmas? Traditionally, you never put the tree up until the kids would get out of school for the holidays. Of course back then the trees were natural trees and would dry out, becoming a fire hazard if left up too long so that was always a determining factor as to how long before and after Christmas was the tree left up.

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Joy to the World
Joy to the World

a quaint hurrah from the younger set...

Of course that all changed drastically with the announcement of artificial trees. While before the worry was of a natural tree drying out, now that fear has been replaced with a safer more fire resistant Christmas tree that not only are safer to use, they soon began looking more and more like real trees. The trees’ lighting has changed also almost eliminating the danger of a fire so naturally the tree could remain up longer, or to some parents’ chagrin could be put up much earlier. Do I hear a quaint hurrah from the younger set? I noticed this year some folk had their tree up at Thanksgiving, and the retailers went straight from Halloween into Christmas with their displays.

kids around the world
kids around the world
world celebration
world celebration

Christmas is observed...

Christmas is a universal holiday and what started as a purely Christian holiday and for Christians the world over still has the most basic meaning, it is quickly being adopted as a time of gift giving and merriment everywhere. From the far eastern countries of Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China where the Christian faith is hidden or seemingly non-existent to India and the Arab countries of the Middle East who maintain an opposing view of Christianity and religion all together, the celebration of Christmas is observed sometimes under a totally different name. Some cultures even construct ornaments and have lights and embrace a season of generosity and gift giving leading up to the New Year and a time of new beginnings and renewal.

© 2010SamSonS

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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Of my mom's six adult children, my older sister enjoyed Christmas the most. Christmas 2009 was her last Christmas. Although, she wasn't well enough to enjoy it like she usually did, she tried to enjoy it as much as she could. I think she knew it would be her last Christmas.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Christmas is never over for me, I celebrate Jesus everyday and the TRUE written WORDS in the Bible! Great Hub! Voted-up!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*Thanks Tammy L for sharing your reminisce. Christmas is always a special day of reflections.

*and thank you drpastorcarlotta for your reflections and your gracious ratings...


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DiamondRN 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

The short answer, Samsons1. Nope!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Good point! It does seem kind of sudden and abrupt, doesn't it? I says Christmas goes on for another four days. Great hub!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks DiamondRN for your answer and for stopping by...

*and thank you prairieprincess for your fine remarks...


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Samsons.

Our decorations are still up, but they'll be coming down soon. The New Year usually signals the end of our Christmas celebration. Time isn't waiting for anyone. Have a Happy New Year!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks lifegate for stopping by and for adding your reflective comments.

Happy New Year to you...


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: Voted up and beautiful. Do I, have trouble letting go of Christmas? I never let go of the fact that God-Jesus willingly became a frail human like me to save me from my sins.Emanuel,The Christ, The King of Kings, is what it is truly all about, not trees, and decorations and parties but God's love for us.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

As far as the decorations go, it is time for them to come down. I agree with your wife. Jesus is in my heart all the time.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Bro Dave for your comments and I concur completely.

*and thank you Pam for your comments and again I concur...


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Usually by the first it looks so depressing but we went with a small full artificial one loaded with lights and we are thinking of taking Christmas off it and leave the lights and add hearts until Valentines day then for Easter some bunnies, flags on 4th of July...hey you only get to be a child once, right? Why not make it fun all year round and turn it on when we need some cheer.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Polly for your interesting insight and comments...


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jacobkuttyta 5 years ago from Delhi, India

Very interesting. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks jacobkuttyta for your comment and well wishes. Had a great Christmas, trust you did and here's wishing you all things good in the new year...


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Samsons, Thought provoking hub! I am with DR PastorCarlotta, I celebrate Christmas all year long as well... I also Keep angels on display as a reminder of HIS continued presence in out lives! Merrrrry Christmas today and every day! We as believers have something to CELEBRATE! May this be a Blessed year of renewal and ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR ~

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you DeBorrah K Ogans for your gracious comments and likewise may we who know Him honor His presence with continued celebration daily and throughout the new year in anticipation of His soon appearing.

and blessings likewise to you my dear sister in Him...


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Samsons, thanks for sharing this hub. Some of the other countries where Christianity is forbidden looked down on, are the same countries where people are finding out how wonderful it is, the message and the hope of Christianity and thus Christmas. Things are really growing there so often, which not what you would expect! Their faith is bolstered all the more, and their commitments and love for others is amazing. I think that is what it is all about. Great hub! Love the Manger Scene picture. :)


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much oceansnsunsets for your visit and your nice comments. Thank God that His message is so clear and plain. Those brothers and sisters of the faith in many parts of the world are being persecuted for their faith. God keep them strong and supply their needs is my prayer...


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

God and Christmas don't mix.Santa Claus is fiction and the biggest lie in the world.The bible and lies don't mix.

The Bible is none fiction.The world and so-call christians have degraded the birth of Christ by a fat man in a red suit flying the air to every house in the world to leave toys and gifts.God did not inspire the world to be a part of nor teach lies and deception.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Jack for your comments...

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