‘Tis the Season… but Which One?

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Yes, Ecclesiastes is right; there IS a time for everything.  And today I say, “Between December 20 and 30, we progress from the height of the frenzied Christmas season to its warm and cozy after-party.  For everything there is a season and a time:

  • a time to buy gifts and a time to put away the VISA
  • a time to wrap gifts and a time to shove the remaining green and red paper in the attic
  • a time to receive new things and a time to wear familiar, cruddy clothes
  • a time to eat Christmas cookies and a time to broil some zucchini
  • a time to sing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and a time to return to the Talking Heads
  • a time to push, push, push and a time to sit on the couch and stare into space
  • a time to read cards and a time to sort through the rest of December’s mail
  • a time to play games with the family and a time to sit on the couch and stare into space
  • a time for refined sugar and a time for flax and quinoa
  • a time for being social and a time for sitting on the couch and staring into space
  • a time to feel guilty about not reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas and then a time, after Christmas, to remember the true meaning of Christmas

There is a season for every activity under heaven, and I’m enjoying my favorite season of all — the “post-Christmas, we’re still all together but all the official stuff is over” season.

So when someone says, “‘Tis the season,” they may just mean this one.  I sure do.

Visions of sugar plums...


~ by Cary on December 28, 2010.

4 Responses to “‘Tis the Season… but Which One?”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree! This is a sweet few days with the kids out of school … no pressure, leftovers and friends still around. Love it. I think it’s time for P90X though:).

  2. Cary,
    This is EXCELLENT!! Not only do I happen to agree wholeheartedly with my favorite “season” (and hadn’t put it into concrete though until now, reading this), but your listed “time for…”s make me appreciate every contrast even more. Well said 🙂
    And lots of love sent from your Space Queen sister – who is going to take more sit-on-the-couch-and-space time – during our favorite holiday – post-Christmas/pre-New Year. And love to all my favorite people we’re both enjoying it with! DF

  3. Cary-thank you for sharing your perspective on the “post-season”- I believe more of us need to cherish the post time especially in being with family. We just returned from our Christmas time in MD with Jack’s family (36 of us)-yes hectic but so wonderful. But we did take time to spend time with family other than Christmas Eve & Day. As we gain wisdom in our years we see the riches we have that surround us in our family and no longer take for granted the moments we are given – yes the “post season” is a precious time of year but one we need to carry with us throughout the whole year. God’s peace

  4. Wonderful thoughts. Agree with your space queen sister re your list.

    Wish I were one ogf the ones with you and yours!!!!


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