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Christmas has past and the long dark days of winter are upon us. It’s a time of reflection and contemplation of the good, the bad and the ugly of the previous year. It’s like cleaning the closet in your life as you take everything out and reexamine what you have, what needs to go and what needs to stay.

When do you throw out those really worn sweat pants that are way past their prime but have become a familiar friend on the weekends? How about those gym shoes that have logged hundreds of miles on the local paths as you prayed and talked with friends? What do you do with the homemade scarves that you don’t wear but were a beautiful thought from an old friend? It takes time for contemplation as you peruse through your wardrobe relics. It takes time to evaluate your clothes but not those of a friends or family member. Our clothes have memories associated with them.

If sorting through closets requires contemplation then so does Christmas items, books and housewares. This is where clutter grows at an exponential rate and it can give you the creeps because of the memories… good and bad which are associated with the stuff.

Christmas decorations, cards, lights, trees and wreathes come with more emotional weight, good and bad,  than the closet of well-worn pieces of clothing. Those things help us remember Christmas’ past like Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas ghost from the past. They are relics of old Christmases that had fond hopes for the future and relationships that were just beginning and or were old seasoned. It’s hard to pack away Christmas items after these big festive days because we are pondering what the next year will bring. How will we meet new challenges with fresh new ideas and solutions?

It’s easiest to keep moving forward and not take stock. So why should you take stock?

Here are some meaningful quotes:

In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away - shing xiong

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

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