December 26th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #706 'The lovely days of Leftover Christmas'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to President Obama every day. I don’t know if he reads them. I kind of doubt it. But that’s no reason to give up.

Dear Mr. President,

Ahh, the day-after-Christmas doldrums! Here they come. At least, here they come for a lot of people.

I know it is hard for many of my fellow Americans to get over the let-down that comes after all that build up to the biggest holiday of the year for most of us. We’ve spent weeks shopping, wrapping, Christmas carding, ordering, baking, cleaning, traveling and suddenly the day itself is here and gone, and everything comes to a screeching halt. Bummer, eh?

Not for me. I think one of my favorite times of year is Christmas evening when everything is done. The presents have all been unwrapped, the papers thrown away, the boxes flattened and stuffed into the recycling bin, and the goofy reindeer antlers have been pulled off of the dog. The dinner, so massive that it bowed the table, is now remnants tucked into the back of the refrigerator, and we’ll luxuriate in leftovers for days.