While Santa’s elves are already back at the grind, many of us civilians are left wondering, ‘Ok Santa, now what?’
The paper we’ve spent hours folding and taping and wrapping with ribbons and bows has been torn apart in frenzied joy.
Presents sit, unwrapped under the Christmas tree in respective piles. His over there, hers over here.
Stockings abandoned their posts. Their insides strewn about the room; a chocolate bar on the table, new socks on the sofa, one glove peeking out from under the desk.
Half-eaten candy canes are crushed into the carpeting and there’s a faint smell of egg nog gone bad in the corner.
Full garbage bags are sitting, waiting for trash day, besides the boxes of opened toys and goodies.
After all the hustle and bustle of Jingle Bells and Santa’s Coming to Town, it seems that we’ve finally made it to Silent Night.
You know it’s technically still the season? That’s why it’s called the ’12 Days of Christmas’ – not to be confused with ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas movies (which is awesome). No, the ’12 Days’ don’t start in mid-December, they start on Christmas.
These are the days between Christmas and the Epiphany. Religiously speaking, it’s, uh, kinda important – but when it comes to consumer marketing this is something they have yet to pick up on.
January 6th – day 12 – is the day the Magi arrived to meet baby Jesus for the first time. Yes, I suppose there is a good chance the Little Drummer Boy was there. Pa-rum, Prum, Prum.
But we aren’t trekking through the desert with gold, frankincense and myrrh – we’re sitting on our couches watching our new DVDs, playing with our new video games, waiting at airports to go home or back to work. We’re complaining about how fat we feel because we sat down on Christmas and ate 3 pieces of pumpkin pie after a dinner of roast duck and half a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the quiet, we’re checking our bank accounts and credit card balances (or avoiding them completely).
What now, Santa? What now?
Do you know of any ‘after Christmas’ songs? Besides the N Sync one about New Years. That doesn’t count. (But I do love it…)