I took the Christmas decorations down today, which consisted of removing the Christmas tree of lights from the wall, packing up the Nativity and taking down the various coloring pages I did through Christmas & Epiphany. Except for one, which I like so much I’m keeping it around for awhile.
I had mixed feelings about this. I *really* wanted to stick with ALL THE CHRISTMAS through Candlemas, follow the lead of Sybil MacBeth and relish the season of Epiphany but I was also really longing to change things up a bit. I kept humming “Where Are You Christmas?” while I thanked the Nativity figurines for another season’s service. As I prepared tonight’s dinner for the slow cooker, I listened to some pop songs… not my Christmas playlist. A change of scene seemed so appealing. Then I remembered that Sybil doesn’t suggest staying in Christmas mode the whole time — she suggests honoring Epiphany as its own season — changing everything to white, for example. Inviting the Kings to teach you a little about evangelization, for another.
So I kept one string of Christmas lights hanging (which is really nothing out of the ordinary for me), and made a star out of white lights where the tree was. I took my little jar of frankincense, gold and myrrh and placed it in the wreath on the table with Mary holding Jesus. I’m thinking about Lent, how I’ll get some purple ribbons for the wreath that was an Advent wreath that will become something else – perhaps just a place to hold some sacred thoughts.
I can see Lent on the horizon, and in the meantime the landscape is changing, transitioning through this “Ordinary Time.”