Dog Days of December

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is strange. We put so much energy into Christmas that there is a certain amount of deflation that occurs when that holiday is over. I know some folks put almost as much energy into New Years Day as Christmas. That has not been my pattern.

When Rosemary and I were dating, she got all dressed up for New Years Eve and I showed up in a t-shirt and jeans. We didn’t go out but I asked her to marry me that night dressed in my t-shirt and jeans so I guess that counts for something. For the next forty-four years, it has been our tradition to do nothing on New Years Eve. I try to make up for that by cooking for New Years Day, most of the time.

My work schedule is usually light during this last week. Lawyers don’t work the last week of the year. Some folks might say they don’t work at all, but let’s not go there. This cloudy and rainy weather we are having is helping make it a particularly blah week.

The year is almost over, yet there doesn’t seem to be enough time or energy to do those things I didn’t get done this  year and there is a strong temptation to wait for the New Year to attack the to-do list.

Football is finished as far as I’m concerned. The Cajuns finished strong and the Saints, well, they finished. I’ll watch some of the bowl games and NFL play offs with some interest but no passion.

I am sitting here trying to decide just what the point of these musings is. I think it is this: It’s a combination of eagerness and anxiety over what’s ahead and thanksgiving over what’s behind. I need to take the last few days of 2014 to rest up, refocus and prepare for 2015. There will be more challenges next year than ever before. God is doing a new thing and I’m not entirely sure what it is. I know that He has blessed me with great family and friends and adventure. He is waiting around the New Years corner for me and for  you.

Be blessed.


NIck's been an attorney for 34 years, served as a pastor and blogs almost daily.

Nick’s been an attorney for 34 years, served as a pastor and blogs almost daily.

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