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.
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:
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:
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.
And, of course I have to include just a couple of those favorites that were made by the kids when they were little…
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!
Until next time,
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