My Christmas tree is still up.
I can tell you that my mother once told me it could stay up until the feast of the Three Kings in mid-January and that’s why it’s still up. But, that wouldn’t be the truth.
However, it would not be true, either, to say that I’m just too lazy to take it down. Although, that might certainly be part of it.
It seems that after the busyness of the holiday, the rush to make the perfect foods and to wrap the perfect presents, I enjoy turning the lights on after dinner and just sitting in front of the tree, drinking coffee and eating leftover Christmas cookies.
My two youngest children are still home from college and the tree and decorations has made our time a bit more special.
Both are growing up so fast with so many plans, I can’t be sure we’ll have another leisurely month to spend for the holidays next year.
Our cat, Tabitha, seems to enjoy pawing at the tree’s lower branches, but has not caused it to come tumbling down — yet.
As temperatures plummet to below freezing and my car has taken to making a funny noise upon starting, I am even more grateful for a quiet, warm place to sit with family, to eat heavy meals with extra gravy, to spend nights in front of the TV watching movies that seem perfect for the winter season.
As often is the case, however, when most enjoying an amenity that life has provided us, we are reminded of those less fortunate.
With the frosty temperatures lingering, many are still cold and extra hungry.
With the Christmas season behind us, many of us, with credit card bills and busy schedules, may neglect our duty to help others.
In the past few weeks, I’ve gathered up some coats my family no longer wears, but are still in good condition, to give to a clothing giveaway.
I’ve also made an effort to reach out to those who might be lonely or sick. This season often means people are isolated, as they are less likely to go outdoors.
As my tree still lingers a bit, continuing to share its light with our family a little while longer, I hope our good spirits will also linger and we will continue to be kind to one another.
As for me, I’m committed to having my Christmas tree down in time for Valentine’s Day. Promise.
Geri Gibbons, a West Wyoming resident, is a correspondent for the Times Leader Media Group. Reach the Sunday Dispatch newsroom at 570-655-1418 or by email at email@example.com