Dismantling Christmas

It’s times like these when the sudden (and not-so-pleasant) realization hits me that I haven’t matured since I was four years old. That’s right, I’m no better than that gap-toothed toddler I once was when it comes to the after-Christmas-let-down. The only difference is that when I was a toddler I didn’t have to take down all the Christmas decorations. Oh, to be four again!

Now that I’m an adult, it’s my job to dismantle Christmas. And no, I don’t fall to the floor in fits of a dramatic tantrum the way I might have in my twenties younger years. I now handle my comedown in a much more adult-like passive aggressive fashion… I procrastinate.

Yup. The Santa flag is still waving at us from the hallway, the outdoor presents still light up each night at five o’clock, and the tree is still standing, loaded with ornaments. Thankfully, it’s a fake tree so it can easily stay up until next Christmas.

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I’m trying to be better and tackle this task before Valentine’s Day this year. I’ve got one box loaded up with some of our trimmings, so it’s a start. In fact, I could easily be removing more decorations instead of writing this blog, but I’m not. I’d rather write the blog. I heard on the radio that there is at least one woman out there who puts 22 Christmas trees in her home each year. Twenty two trees to decorate and dismantle… Can you imagine?!

Well, to help me get moving, I’ve taken a few photos of some of my most treasured holiday adornments. These are just a very small sampling of all the special decorations that go up (and down) each year.

These were made by my mother with love. She is an amazing machine quilter and much of our house is filled with her beautiful creations:

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The one below is very clever. It’s an advent calendar with 24 detachable cloth ornaments, one to be added each day in December. Come Christmas eve, all the ornaments have been attached and this is how it looks:

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This one was made by my talented mother-in-law. Both she and my father-in-law have passed away, so I am grateful for their family decorations that we have been able to display, which were all created by hand.

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And, of course I have to include just a couple of those favorites that were made by the kids when they were little…

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Ok, well I guess it’s time to load up another box. I’ve managed to procrastinate another day… thank you for indulging me! What about you? Do you decorate for the holidays and then dread the process of taking it all down like I do? Or am I just weird?

Thank you for reading!

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18 Responses to “Dismantling Christmas

  1. Thankfully, that is not among our traditions… Or, we would have decorations all year long.
    Of course, it has been known to happen that our Sukka remains standing well into the month of the flood (at least 8 days too long)…
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  2. Caro Ness says:

    …we’re kids too…we hate it when the tree goes…
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  3. Great items. No wonder you’re slow to take them down. As you may know I love quilts. Your mother did wonderful work! My fave is the log cabin variation with the candles worked into them. What treasures for you and your family!
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  4. Muriel says:

    It is all so serious when we remove the Xmas decoration, isn’t it…now we are in the thick of it!
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  5. Helen dirusso says:

    Every year when I pull out my Christmas decorations I promise myself I will organize it all when I am putting it away. And every year I want the task to be over and done quickly so i chaotically stuff it into bins. Some years I consider putting our fake tree away with all of the ornaments attached..

    • suerae says:

      I’ve considered that too, Helen, but I’ve never gone as far as planning that I’ll be organized in taking it down. Just taking it down is a big enough goal for me! :)

  6. I LOVE your crafty decorations. No wonder you want to cling to them for as long as you can. Why should you remove them at the time convention says you should? You keep them on display for as long as you want.
    My husband and I don’t decorate the house for Christmas. The display stirs his memories of long-gone children. It’s sad to get old and be separated from your family.
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    • suerae says:

      You are right, Francene, I shouldn’t have to follow convention, but then it ends up feeling like one more chore that is hanging over my head every time I look at them! I’m sure that it has to be difficult to be separated from the children.

  7. D.J. Paris says:

    I still have my fake-tree up. I’ve been saying it’s going to come down every day for the past two weeks. Ha! I will get on it tonight – I promise. :)
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    • suerae says:

      So, D.J., is that tree down yet??? I gave you a couple of days, haha! Our tree is STILL up, but I did manage to take all the ornaments off – getting there! Thank you for stopping by! :)

  8. Diane says:

    I love decorating, and dread taking everything down. Ours came down the second weekend in January, at least the inside decorations. Because of the snow we had to wait until last week to take down the outside stuff
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    • suerae says:

      That’s pretty good, Diane! Our outside decorations are still up, but the temperatures have been so cold that I can’t get the stakes out of the ground!

  9. We have a tradition – the weekend after New Years Day the decorations get put away! We don’t decorate very much (one tree, one large shelf, a couple of hangings here and there.). This year we had to put up my mother in law’s decorations too and she had scaled back, lucky for us. But look on the bright side – your procrastination gave you a chance to blog about it.
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    • suerae says:

      That’s a great tradition, Alana, I will have to remember that one for next year and see if I can manage it better by then. So far, all is done, except the tree needs to be put away (I save that for my husband), but all the ornaments have been removed! Yay!

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