The After-Christmas

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Our new additions to the tree… new ornaments are always a favorite!!

Maybe I’ll keep on Christmas-ing

do you think anyone would know?

If the lights keep shining on the inside

will my outsides be aglow?

while everyone de-decorates

I feel a bit of gloom

cause deep down in my heart

for CHRISTmas- there’s still room…

One of my FAVORITE parts of Christmas is the “after- Christmas” that happens when we visit all our extended family, reminding me that Christmas is not reserved for one day, it is Christmas anywhere and everywhere He is with us!

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Being silly together is always my favorite!!

And one of my very favorite gifts I receive every year is not one that’s wrapped.  It’s spending time with my family…

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what photo is complete without bunny ears?!

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And my Christmas is not complete without a “selfie” with my mom and sister…

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Me, Mom and my Sissy

So we sat together.  And each of us struck up our best pose…

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and with every snap… NO!  Not that one! lol… I have never been photogenic.

For fun, my hubby took a picture of my sister’s husband taking a picture of me taking a selfie of all of us.

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And a picture just doesn’t capture the depth of the silliness of the moment.  The joy of laughing with my mom and sister- those are moments I always treasure 🙂

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My lovely momma 🙂

So even though we put away our tree and all the trimmings today, it’s still Christmas for me. I’m keeping my nativity set on my piano, and I’ll keep on playing those favorite Christmas songs for a little while longer…

 “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

– Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

14 thoughts on “The After-Christmas

  1. We had the pleasure of having our daughter and her family – now living in S.Carolina – home for Christmas. Being able to laugh together, talk about future plans , eat too much and soak in every ounce of what’s now happening in their lives and ours together. Christmas is more than a day. It’s a life filled experience. Your family looks like they’re enjoying their time together too

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    1. Aww…I’m so glad you were able to spend time with your daughter and her family! Yes- we all enjoyed our time together! I wasn’t able to visit as long as I’d like to, but I am grateful for the time we had! Happy New Year and blessings to you!!

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