The Simple Life

Normalcy and routine

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If you are anything like I am, then you spent your New Year’s Day holiday getting your house back in order after the holidays.

I took down the Christmas tree and carefully packed the ornaments. I put away most of my nativities, though I always keep a few out on display throughout the year.

I put my furniture back in place since it had to be moved to make room for the tree. Of course, I had to vacuum both before and after due to all the pine needles left behind.

When our children were younger and still in school, I would look forward to them returning to class so that our family could get back into our normal routines, our regular schedules. Perhaps you look forward to that, too, after all the holiday rush.

I do enjoy the festivities and the get-togethers the holiday brings. But, there is something to be said about “getting back to normal.”

Unfortunately, there is one thing that I don’t like about “returning to routine.” It seems that the spirit of Christmas should be the one thing we carry into the new year, but too often we don’t.

During Christmastime we are a little more polite, a bit more patient and willing to give the benefit of the doubt to others. I’m not sure why that can’t be the way we are all the time.

Maybe we just get so caught up in work schedules, school schedules and extra-curricular involvements that we each become focused on me and mine. Our families are important. I understand.

But just imagine how your family life, workplace and neighborhood would be if we all carried a bit of Christmas spirit throughout the year, if we were always a little less judgmental and a tad more forgiving.

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