As the evening light lingers all of the ribbons are cast aside and the brightly colored paper is scattered across the floor. The gifts well received and the children are either asleep or fighting to hold their heavy eyes open and enjoy the New toys for “just five more minutes.” In most homes the feasting will continue for several days ending on January 1st.
Extended families will begin the egress back to the individual houses with those familiar connections renewed. The bonding of of their hearts made stronger with the time spent together under the twinkling lights and around the tables of home.
The love they have shared under the glow of the New Light will warm their souls in the cold months to come.
I do often think about what it must have meant to part ways again in the days before long distance communication. In a time when one cold only share their thoughts with pen and paper in hopes that an express rider would be able to deliver the message intact. In those days a person may not see a loved one’s face for decades. Those were the days when expressions of love was delivered on the back of a horse and a visit from a friend or relative was a journey through the wilderness.
But that was also an age when a person’s time was their own. Unless they were tied down with livestock ( and many were ) there was no artificial deadline to be home by. That trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house was one that could be experienced and not just taken. and once the destination had been reached staying for an extra day or two was part of the gift.
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