Danielle Bean's column at Inside Catholic today is a very true one. Have a look!
I think there's a reason that the Church wants us to remember that Christmas is more than just a day. It's a whole season! It takes us that long to get through it all. And honestly--all that preparation for just one day? I don't think so. Make it last! You can't manage it in 24 hours. You need a whole season--not to pack as much in as possible, but to give yourself time to savor Christmas.
We always need a break after "The Great 3 Days"--Christmas Eve with my in-laws at a huge family reunion (150 mile round trip); Christmas day at home with Grandma and Grandpa for dinner; Day After Christmas with my side of the family (250 mile round trip). By yesterday all of us had "hit the wall." Big Brother needed to get Out Of The House, or more accurately, Away From The Family. Little Brother was bouncing off the walls. Middle Sister was on the phone as continuously as possible. And TheDad and I just wanted to escape into the books we got for Christmas. And I think all of that was just being overwhelmed by all the driving, packing, wrapping, baking, cleaning, visiting, and eating that has been done in the past few days.
So it was good to catch up on laundry and make Middle Sister's birthday cake and have a simple spaghetti dinner and have some time to read one of the books I got for Christmas. (Oh yeah, and dive into that box of candy I got on Christmas Eve). And today it will be good to catch up on grocery shopping and put fresh sheets on the beds, and have a simple dinner of "western omelet" quiche and the rest of that birthday cake, if Little Brother hasn't filched all the "funfetti" off the icing.