Holding on to Christmas

I thought about taking the Christmas decorations down today, but my not-so-little one convinced me to leave them up a little longer. I figured, if I take them down by Friday, I will still be about three months ahead of my normal schedule. ๐Ÿ˜€ .

Like my son, I’m having a little difficulty letting the Christmas season go. It took me a while to get in the spirit of things, but I’m not ready for the parts that I love so much to go away–unrushed mornings, Christmas movies, uninterrupted time with the guys, reading and writing, creating and crafting, and hours of contemplation without the nagging “things to do” list over my head.

I’m certainly not ready for the end of [receiving] รผber cute Christmas postcards from pen friends–like the card above.

My Love Notes pal and literary twin, Bianca, sent the sweet postcard featured. Immediately after retrieving it from the post office box–and before reading the message–I knew who sent it! Who else but Bianca would find in Germany a little girl with my skin color hugging a snowman? She always finds the perfect, most adorable cards that speak to some part of my identity, interests, or character.

The postcard was designed by Tanja Angermeier of Monimari, who creates “sustainable stationery for children’s hearts.” You can find more about Tanja’s work and Monimari by visiting her website. To get a steady diet of Monimari, you can also follow her on Instagram and even purchase some of the items in her Etsy shop.

Thankfully, even after the Christmas decorations have been stored and the last Christmas postcard has been received, we can still make the choice to carry the Christmas spirit with us all year. We can choose to walk with a spirit of love for humankind every single day. After all, that spirit is always in season.

17 thoughts on “Holding on to Christmas

  1. hollythreesixfive says:

    Although not Catholic we have always celebrated twelfth night jan 5 (or 6) … the kids knew theyd get one more little gift that morning and all decor would come down at that time. By then we were all kinda ready to be done, too, and it took away the sting christmas night knowing there was still more holiday!!

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      I can see that. We don’t celebrate 12th Night, per se. Growing up in NOLA, we knew it marked the beginning of Mardi Gras season. I’m sure as a kid I never thought about it beyond King Cakes, parades, and the 3-day holiday from school in February (or March).

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