By Martha Williams

The holidays are over, and now we can stop and take a break. Or can we?

Or, are we still trying to make order out of all those Christmas decorations, take apart that tree and fit it back into the box and get it tucked away for next year? They are such cheerful things I almost hate to put them away.

When I was growing up, my grandmother adhered to the routine she had brought from the country of her birth — Wales — when it came to Christmas. The tree was brought in and decorated on Dec. 24, which made us envious of our friends who had had theirs up for a whole week before “the day,” and it was promptly disposed of on New Years Day.

But then, we will hardly have time to catch our breath, the way time flies, and it will be all bright red hearts and boxes of candy, and pretty cards. They are already out in the stores, and despite the seeming speed of time, it is still a month until Valentines Day. Perhaps they can make us stop and think about just what love is, because it’s not as simple as it might seem. If you start to list the various kinds of love, you find there are more than you initially thought. And most important of all, it is what Jesus told us to do — love each other.

As usual, things slow down after Christmas.

The Ladies Christian Fellowship meets Thursday at the Trinity Center of St. Paul’s Episcopal church at 10:30 am.

There will be a speaker and special music, and the group will vote on a mission for this year. In the past the group has contributed to a number of local organizations, the most recent being the “Not Ashamed Club” at the high school.

There is a catered lunch for $12 per person. Reservations are needed to order sufficient food. For reservations, or other questions, call either Liz at 707-464-3539, or Bonnie at 707-482-3705.

To contact Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email