“Does it always look this . . . blah?” It’s the same question I ask every year after the tree is down and all the bright shiny decorations that were adorning my house are gone. It just feels a little naked! Yes, it happens to me every year: Christmas withdrawal. It’s just kinda hard to come down after all that celebration and excitement!
Yesterday, after our staff recap meeting for Christmas Eve, I went upstairs to the third floor to put away some things and saw all of the candles, baskets, and holders that were used for the beautiful candlelit services, and the memory of that day and evening came flooding back. As I sat there amongst the thousands of candles and holders still in their baskets and big green rolling tubs, I couldn’t help but smile, and that warm feeling of Christmas washed over me again!
Honestly at that moment, all I could think about was how beautiful all the Christmas Eve services were at FUMCFW and how grateful I am to the volunteers who were here that evening. More than 50 people served as ushers or staffed the Welcome Center! All of them selflessly and graciously gave their time so that everyone who came to our church had a wonderful and meaningful experience on Christmas Eve.
So I want to thank each and every one of these volunteers — not only for their service that night, but also for giving me a reason to snap out of my “Christmas withdrawal” and realize that, although Christmas is officially over, in no time we will all be working together to celebrate the season of Lent, which begins early this year with Ash Wednesday on February 10. I am already looking forward to serving alongside members of FUMCFW who step in and graciously give of themselves in service of our church and others!
Director of Welcoming Ministries