Christmas is not past! Most Lutherans know that the Feast of the Nativity is more than one single night of candles and carols. It is is a twelve-day season, which continues until January 5.
And after these twelve days (immortalized by the song about drummers drumming and ladies dancing), comes the Feast of the Epiphany, on which we remember the Wise Men coming to adore the holy infant, and to bring him their gifts. This feast is older than Christmas, and in some parts of the world is still considered the more important of the two.
Together, the Christmas and Epiphany seasons add up to forty days. Just as Advent is a sort of “mini-Lent,” the Christmas and Epipohany time is a sort of shortened reflection of the fifty-day Easter season.
But in a bigger, less strictly calendrical sense, Christmas never really ends, does it? Christ has been born, and still lives. God has taken on human flesh once and for all, and by becoming like us has urged us all to become just a little more like Him.
So let our kindness, our generosity and our joy continue. Let us keep Christmas, not for one day or for twelve, but for all the days of our lives.