Tempting as it is to put all the Christmas decorations away today, on this feast of the Epiphany, it’s a longstanding tradition to keep the nativity scene up until Candlemas on February 2. (More about that feast in a few days).
To keep Christmas just a little longer this year, I salvaged some branches from the Christmas tree (yes, they’re pretty dry, but they’ll last a few more weeks in some water) and I added a few seasonal greens, like ivy and Indian paintbrush berries, to adorn our family’s nativity scene. Of course, this is easy to do here in sunny Southern California, but even if you’re suffering through freezing temperatures, you can still leave up the nativity scene as a reminder that Christmas isn’t just one day a year, and the light of Christ’s eternal love warms even the bitterest of times.
Send me your pictures of your nativity scene, and tell me how you keep Christmas long after December 25. I’ll put up your pictures on the blog!