The Last Night of Christmas

Tomorrow is Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, or “Old Christmas.” It’s also Christmas Day for the Orthodox Church.

That means tonight is the last night of the Christmas season. Tomorrow our tree will come down.


I’ve enjoyed our tree this year. Makes me a little sad to take it down.

On the other hand, our living room will seem significantly more spacious now!

And we’re leaving up our Christmas lights while the evenings remain dark.

Our 2021 Christmas tree in all of its decorated and lit up glory!
At least COVID gave us another humorous ornament!
Didn’t even watch the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this year.

The Melanson Christmas Tree 2021

The Melanson Christmas Tree 2021

Here is our Christmas tree that we just decorated this afternoon. What I love about it is that it’s very eclectic.

Here you can see Santa and Rudolf, the Peanuts gang singing from a choir loft (though poor Linus is broken), and the nativity. Note the “Our First Pandemic 2020” ornament given to us by our sister-in-law!

A repurposed Star Wars Millennium Falcon keychain!

Star Wars has pretty much nothing to do with Christmas.

Shouldn’t every Christmas tree have a Spider-Man ornament that lights up?

Almost everyone in our family loves a good superhero movie. I grew up reading Spider-Man comics. Even some of our assorted pop culture faves make it onto the tree.

I love the church ornament that lights up from within!

When we began pastoral ministry way back in 2002–2003, my wife’s Mum gave us this church ornament. It’s one of the many ornaments that remind me of loved ones.

Here’s an ornament given to Ella for her first Christmas. She may not specifically recall getting it.

Ditto for the boys.

So that’s some of the decorations on our weird and wonderful Christmas tree! One of my favourite things to do during Advent and Christmas is to sit in our rocking chair and enjoy the lights, the decorations, and the occasional quiet, perhaps with a good book and a beverage.

I hope some of you out there also enjoy and are blessed by some of the things that come along with Christmas.