Perhaps we’re a bit relieved that Christmas is over for another year. But perhaps we discover that something has changed in us because of an encounter, a gift, a new insight into the meaning of the incarnation. We can keep a little bit of that with us through the coming year and let it bring light and peace to our everyday lives. Our journey with God doesn’t end with the Christmas season. Jesus is forever, not just for Christmas.
As you begin to pack away the decorations, take time to recall your favorite experience of this year. It might be a small moment that nearly went unnoticed or it might be a special occasion or event in your life or the life of someone you love. As you discard any broken ornaments, burned-out lights or empty boxes, let go of one hurt feeling that may linger from this year’s celebrations.
— from the book The Peace of Christmas: Quiet Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek