Like the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”, I learned that traditionally Christmas lasts twelve days starting from Dec. 25th or the night before 25th.
When George was a child, a Christmas tree was set out on Christmas eve after he went to bed, and on Christmas morning there was a big surprise with the tree along with many gifts, he said.
My British friend, Susan, also told me that she also kept a Christmas tree for twelve days through a new year.
In our case this year, however, two days after Christmas when our younger son, Soh and his family (Pinky and a dog, Illy) – who had moved to the Bay Area recently and were visiting us for a Christmas vacation – left, we put away all the Christmas decorations.
The house became plain and quiet, again.
Though we will see friends and family next week, as well, I feel a little lonely being alone with George. This must be the feeling of the empty nest and I feel like we are definitely in a new chapter of life.
In this new chapter, specifically the next new year, however, I say to myself, “Look forward to God’s good plan for us and to lots of blessings because HE IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!”