Today is the day after Christmas. The anticipation and preparations are over. Cookies and other Christmas treats, lovingly made days before, have mostly been consumed by now. The church Christmas program and candle-light service are past. We completed our Advent calendar puzzle. Presents have been opened and are now in use or put away. Or returned. Most family gatherings are over, although some may still occur between Christmas and New Year. Pretty much all that is left is the tear-down and clean-up.
December 26 is also the Second Day of Christmas of the Christmas festival season, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Traditionally, the Christmas Season ends on the evening of January 5, the Twelfth Night. January 6 is Epiphany, the celebration of the Magi’s visit to Baby Jesus.
I have read that it could be bad luck to leave Christmas decorations up beyond January 5. No problem here. That gives us more time to enjoy them.
Christmas 2024 is now a memory in our minds and in our photographs.
Here are some photos of past family Christmas gatherings. My dad is absent in most of the photos because he was the photographer.
My first Christmas with Grandpa & Grandma Miller and my Miller cousins.
Later that day I fell and cut my head and wasn’t so happy to sit on Santa’s lap, aka Uncle Kenny.
The Miller Christmas, about a year later, 1953:
At Grandma Schumm’s, with cousins, late 1950s:
Christmas dinner at Grandma & Grandpa Schumm’s, in the early 1960s:
Aunt Amy had Christmas dinner in the early 1970s:
The Carl Miller family Christmas tree in 1951: