Christmas is an exciting time of the year. There's something about the transformation of space that makes the season a "whole life" experience.
By now most of us have started packing away the ornaments, wreaths, and collectibles that make it "Christmas" in our homes. Multiple trips up to the attic, down to the basement, or off to the dump have removed any evidence of the holiday. Soon it will look as if Christmas never happened.
Yet, the message of Christmas is that in Christ, God is "with us." That is a presence and promise that never goes away.
Maybe we should keep one ornament on a shelf to remind us of the beauty of the season. Or set aside an angel to remind us of the message of the season. Or, maybe a small manger to remind us that though we have put Christmas away, it is always "with us."