The End of the Christmas Season

It might seem strange to talk abut Christmas at the end of January and almost into February.  Many of you who know about Christmas will realise that this is not strange at all as Candlemas is actually the end of the Christmas festivities, and we have just had our Candlemas service at the weekend.  Christmas traditionally starts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day being the first day of the 12 days of Christmas, taking us to Epiphany (when the Kings arrived with gifts for the baby Jesus) and then onto Candlemas (when Jesus was presented at the Temple).  My local church leaves their tree up until the Candlemas service.

Unfortunately retail and consumerism has swallowed up the calendar of the Christmas season and it has made us all think that Christmas encompasses the whole of December up to and then ending on Christmas Day.  It’s such a shame to see people taking down their decorations the day after Christmas Day (here in the UK this is Boxing Day).  And it’s also a shame when you realise that for a lot of people Christmas is simply about presents and one day.  Christmas is a season that encompasses all that is good in humanity and that goodness is something we can carry with us throughout the year.

Christmas is certainly about giving, but not always about giving presents.  It can be about giving time, giving compassion, giving caring, and many more things.  In marketing we often give advice, practical help and gifts to other people and this does last all the year through.  Although giveaway campaigns seem to have fallen by the wayside it is still traditional in marketing to give a gift when someone signs onto your list.

I was very pleased to see a fellow marketer, Sally Neill created an email campaign called the Twelve Days of Christmas, offering something each day and starting on the right day – Christmas Day.  During the campaign she wrote an email every day and has continued to do so throughout January.  Her philosophy is if you don’t write you have no chance so you might as well do it!  The emails contained little gems of advice and help and of course some gifts too.  She is continuing to email every day and offers amazing value in everything she does.

Click on her name and you will be taken to her Facebook page where you can read all her daily email offerings for yourself.

Enjoy the journey!

31 Comments

  • Joy Healey
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    Reply Reply February 4, 2017

    A lovely post Mandy, and a great reminder that Christmas shouldn’t be all about consumerism. It really sickened me when I went into a local gardening centre in September (yes really) and found it all literally covered with Christmas decorations. It takes away all the “specialness”.

    It was probably a bit counter-productive, because I then actively avoided it!

    Yes…. let’s go more for giving gifts of time and service, rather than yet another “widget” to join the great “unwanted” pile!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 5, 2017

      Hi Joy, thanks for visiting. I was reading some other blogs yesterday and one wrote about the gift of time. I think it was Paula O’Keefe’s. I do think that it is the best gift you can give. I also read somewhere about the marketers habit of writing ‘free gift’ and the article said ‘aren’t all gifts ‘free’? How true that statement is! I guess the phrase ‘free gift’ is tautology in its truest form!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • DeeDee Lynn
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    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Hi Mandy. It was interesting that I pulled up this post. We just got back from a Christmas celebration with our daughter’s family.

    We don’t get together on Christmas day, as my daughter and her husband like to stay home with just their 4 children. We usually get together on New Year’s Day, but it was on Sunday this year and we both had church. And Mormon have long Sundays.

    They live about an hour and a half away, and it’s hard for me to travel there due to my health. So today we met at a Mexican restaurant about halfway between our homes, had a meal and opened presents. It was so fun and relaxing. It was far enough from the holidays that the kids weren’t exhausted and cranky. We decided we would do it again.

    It was interesting to learn about your church’s Christmas traditions. Thanks for sharing.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 5, 2017

      Hi DeeDee, thanks for visiting. I too have Christmas plans that continue after Christmas. My family live about 3 hours drive from me and I care for my mum. We often meet with them in a pub half way so it’s not so far for mum to travel. Last year we met in February and exchanged presents, it was lovely. This year I have a Christmas weekend next weekend with some friends. We always get together for a weekend, usually in December, but last year we couldn’t manage a weekend when we were all free, so we’re holding it next week instead! We’re all looking forward to it. I’m very excited because I have a brussel sprout game to play with them and I have written a Christmas song for us all to sing!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Ruth Bowers
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    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    We don’t even really celebrate Christmas anymore because of all the consumerism. It’s more about spending the time together as a family than anything else.

    On a business note, thank you for the reminder that if you don’t mail, you don’t have a chance. I’ve been really lax on mailing my peoples and need to get back in that habit.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 5, 2017

      Hi Ruth, thanks for visiting. I love Christmas but for me it is really about the festivities rather than the gifts. I agree with you there. I think there are some extremely lovely parts about Christmas that do not involve consumerism that can still be enjoyed.

      I too am lax at emailing most times. I included this from Sally Neill because it hit home to me and thought it might be useful for other too. Hope it spurs you on, we should encourage each other to get it done!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Hi Mandy,

    Yes, it is good to reach out and share uplifting messages. However, so many of us are currently inundated with emails. I have so many to catch up on, I can’t possibly get to all of them. Each of my professional organizations sends a monthly newsletter. I have interest in healing and health so I receive daily emails from several different prolific sales people, selling great protein powders and other health products. I get emails from Daily Om, on a different topic each day. And the list goes one. So I tend to hold back and not send so many emails. Free gift or no gift, it is still another email to open and read. Each of us has to find our own comfort level of sending out our message.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 5, 2017

      Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. I completely agree with you that there are so many emails every day, however your subscribers will choose whose emails they want to open, just as you do with your emails, and it might be yours so it’s worth a try. I was reading an article the other day about the use of the phrase ‘free gift’ and it said ‘aren’t all gifts free’? Interesting point, I never thought about that. I guess we use the word free to emphasise the no cost aspect. Anyway, it’s a classic example of tautology, isn’t it!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • sazia kazia

    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Hi mandyallen mam, Great article all about Christmas. I know Christmas as only it is a festival but there is big meaning behind this festival like giving time, giving compassion, caring, and many more things is really awesome line ..hanks for sharing..

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 5, 2017

      Hi Sazia, thanks for visiting. It certainly is a festival I love.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • sazia kazia

    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Hi mam, Please read it as Thanks for sharing ..spell mistake in previous comment
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  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Hi Mandy,

    Never heard of Candlemas. From your brief overview, I can see why you like it.

    My favorite Christmas thing is also the sense of goodwill and sharing that surrounds the concept. Thanks for the mention of Sally Neill’s emailathon. Sounds daunting, yet quite brave. You go Sally!
    Edward
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 5, 2017

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. I follow Sally, have done for some years, and find her emails one of the easiest to read. Short and sweet, in my opinion.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • emi

    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    Hi Mandy,
    Love your article, after all as Louise Hay say “What we give out, we get back.”
    There is always something that we can share, something that will make an impact in
    someones life. Thank you for sharing!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 9, 2017

      Hi Emi, thanks for visiting. I agree and I love Louise Hay’s writing. So positive all the time.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Rachel Lavern
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    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    I have never heard of Candlemas–perhaps that explains why some people leave their Christmas trees/decorations up through the end of January (and some beyond). Thanks for explaining.

    It is a little-known fact the the 12 days of Christmas actually begins on Christmas Day. I ran a 12 Days of Christmas campaign, beginning on Christmas Day two years ago and received countless remarks that I started too late.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 9, 2017

      Hi Rachel, thanks for visiting. A lot of people don’t know many of the church’s festivals but as I have been to church from an early age they were all festivals I have taken part in all my life. I agree too that not many people realise the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas Day. After all, Christmas doesn’t really start until the baby Jesus has arrived, as I said in my post, it is only commercialism that has moved it earlier to take advantage of the ‘presents’ aspect of Christmas. You were not late at all, you were exactly right!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Sue Bride
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    Reply Reply February 5, 2017

    I’ve always followed the practice of taking down decorations on 6th January, after the 12th day. The best part about Christmas is getting together with my two sons. (My daughter lives a long way off so can’t come over, unfortunately.)

    Although consumerism is rife before Christmas, when out shopping people do seem friendlier and more willing to give you a smile.

    The last few years I’ve created some Christmas social media images as a give away. This year I didn’t ask for an email sign up in return.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 9, 2017

      Hi Sue, thanks for visiting. I love the way people always try to get together for Christmas. It’s about the only festival in the year where we do make that extra effort, although at home we always did the same at Easter and my sister and I still do that too.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Lesly T. Federici
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    Reply Reply February 6, 2017

    Hi Mandy ..
    I think it’s wonderful to see how the Holiday spirit can carry on into the new year ..it can be quite magical ….
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 9, 2017

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. We can continue the holiday spirit throughout the year too.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Louis Huynh

    Reply Reply February 8, 2017

    Well, Christmas is over, the new year is starting and we should all achieve goal that we’d always wanted.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 9, 2017

      Hi Louis, thanks for visiting. The New Year certainly seems to spur us on to great things.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • viki debbarma

    Reply Reply February 9, 2017

    Hi, Mandy
    Christmas has left over a couple of month back, also the New year just walk away in a glance. I spent all of this season spending valuable time with friends and families, busy buying them a gifts. However, now planning for a better achievement of goals.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 13, 2017

      Hi Viki, thanks for visiting. It seems you did not actually read my post as you will know that the Christmas season has, in fact, only just ended.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Joan M Harrington
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    Reply Reply February 11, 2017

    Hi Mandy 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder to always keep the Christmas spirit going!! Great share!
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  • Chery Schmidt
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    Reply Reply February 12, 2017

    Hello Mandy!I was little confused when I first read the title, but you dod a fantastic job with this post.
    Great Share
    My Friend
    Chery :))
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 13, 2017

      Hi Chery, thanks for visiting. I know a lot of people don’t know about the Christmas season, they think it’s just Christmas day so just thought I’d share with you all!

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Donna Merrill
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    Reply Reply February 14, 2017

    Hi Mandy,

    I do believe Christmas is a way of life, a season of giving and gratitude that should never end.

    So, while all the buying and partying is over… there is no end to the Christmas season.

    Love the message 🙂

    -Donna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 15, 2017

      Hi Donna, thanks for visiting. I agree, it is a way of life and doesn’t have to end on 2nd February. I have Christmas in my heart all year long! Some friends and I make each other advent calendars and I’ve already got mine planned!

      Enjoy the journey!
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