It is the day after Christmas. There is enough food left over from yesterday’s feast to feed us for several days. And some things are better the next day.

There are unwanted or unneeded gifts to put aside to return, exchange or to be used for regifting. Tons of boxes and paper remain after all the presents have been unwrapped and opened. Careful throwing the boxes away, especially for big ticket items. The police warn us that putting them out at the curb with other garbage can alert thieves.

“Empty boxes are a billboard to thieves telling them what is in your house,” said one police official. “The best way to get rid of boxes is to drop them off at a recycling center.”

Retailers will offer wonderful bargains in “After Christmas” sales if you are brave enough to venture out into the shopping mobs. Savvy shoppers know that this is a good time to buy Christmas lights, ornaments, gift wrap, and cards for next year. The day after Christmas is the best time to buy them when merchants want to get them off their shelves.

The “big day” is behind us so out of town relatives and guests will be returning home. Students will be out of the house the next few days hanging out with friends before going back to school. Some folks will resume their routines and return to work today or tomorrow. 

With the festivities concluded many folks will begin to take down the holiday decorations and return the house to its normal state. Others will delay that exercise until after New Year’s celebration or even after Epiphany. 

One thing that remains is that extra weight you gained from eating all those delicious holiday foods. There is a price to pay for all that turkey and dressing, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes and gravy, desserts, and candy. It’s back to the gym or some exercise routine to work it off.

You might not know it but December 26 “is historically one of the most dangerous days of the year for people vulnerable to cardiac problems, including heart attacks, arrhythmias, and heart failure.” One study found that heart related deaths increase by nearly 5% during the holidays, perhaps because patients put off seeking treatment for heart problems or because hospital staffing patterns change.

Doctors say that ERs stay quiet on Christmas Day itself. Then comes December 26 and they see a surge in cardiac related cases. A 2008 study found that daily visits to hospitals for heart failure increased by 33% during the four days after Christmas. (

There is much that could be said but the Christmas season is over For this year. We have 364 shopping days until next Christmas. The holiday is over but the Holy Child remains. Be mindful that the Spirit of Christ, which is the Spirit of Christmas, remains with us always.

Jamie Jenkins