For weeks and weeks, we prepare for the big day. With anticipation, excitement, and a bit of stress—we make plans at home and at church, and hustle until it all comes together. And then in a matter of 24 crazy hours, it’s all past.

There are probably still remnants of Christmas reminders—candle wax in the carpet, shreds of wrapping paper in the living room, and classrooms still decorated with trees and gifts. In the midst of the exhaustion, mess, and hint of relief—what happens in those moments that follow Christmas?

What do we do in the week between the end of one year and the beginning of another?

Interestingly, it’s actually not that different from what happened on the first Christmas.