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.

And the days immediately afterward are all about the same way. My family does not go in for any of that “rush to the store for after Christmas sales” business. To the contrary, I usually try to take a few days off, and we just cool out. Maybe we go for a drive or a long run. We read. Listen to and play music. Watch holiday movies, and oddly enough, a lot of gangster movies, too. I often write for fun a good bit. One day I should show you my growing collection of original Christmas stories, which I actually think are not half bad.

I suppose what I like most about all of this, is that it allows us to enjoy the things that I value most about Christmas and our faith - thoughts of God and our purpose in life, love of family and friends, simple pleasures like an afternoon nap, and appreciation for what you have…like a cold plate of turkey scraps and a lump of drying stuffing.

Leftover Christmas to me is the best part of Christmas, because unlike the pageantry and magnificence of the day itself, it fits better into my life. In Leftover Christmas I can more readily imagine how the spirit of giving and caring can exist in the real world, and it reawakens my private pledge to be a better person and apply the tenets of Christmas for the rest of the year.

So although I am sad to see Christmas go, I say bring on Leftover Christmas because if it stirs feelings of benevolence and love, a shred of tinsel blowing out from behind a piece of furniture may mean more in June, than the most beautiful Christmas tree can mean in December.

Hope all is well for you. Call if you can, or a postcard would be nice as well.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. daisyjtovar

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    December 27, 2010 at 5:05 am |
  2. Ronnie

    ("Left over Christmas") Lovely Tom – thank you

    December 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm |