Settling into January

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

The holiday season is full of energy, buzz, decorations, fun, stress, deliciously decadent food, gathering with family and friends, receiving good surprises and sometimes disappointment.  The season is lovely–and it's also lovely when it's over and life goes back to normal!

At least, that's the case for this introvert.  Yesterday with the help of a friend and two of the cats (see pictures), I took down the tree and Reggie looking at the treepacked the ornaments away. 

I loved putting up the tree in December and the sparkly lights and ornaments with their own stories, but now I'm happy to have more open space in the living room again, less concern that a cat will bring the tree down, and I'm diligently picking up widely scattered strands of shiny tinsel.  

Recently a friend mentioned a book in which kids who wished it was Christmas all year round got their wish–and found they didn't like it.  Holidays are meant to be Smokey and the tinselspecial, and that means time limited.  

I usually like January because it's quiet, a good time for working and reading and nesting.  How about you?  Do you enjoy the end of the Christmastide season?  Or do you wish it could be Christmas all year round?

Mary Jo

 

90 thoughts on “Settling into January”

  1. I wouldn’t want it to be Christmas all year round because then it wouldn’t be special anymore. But I am very slow to put all Christmas things away and there are some (my bookshelf Santas) that I usually leave out all year. The lighted decorations I leave up until the batteries are dead πŸ™‚ I don’t do a tree anymore so there are lighted objects and strings are festooned here and there on stuffed animals, faux flowers and such.
    When I had cats I would do a tree mostly for their amusement. For the first couple of days while the scent was fresh, they’d lie under it and get stoned on fir sap. I considered it successful if I came home from work and found the tree horizontal on the floor with a cat with a “what, me?” expression on his face sitting next to it. I learned early on to decorate with ribbons and paper ornaments and things that wouldn’t break or matter if they got chewed on. No tinsel because I found out fairly soon that cats can barf tinsel an amazing distance.
    One thing I do do all year round is reread Christmas regencies. Along about July I am ready for some ice skating and snow and holly and all that. Working on A Regency Christmas II at the moment.

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  2. I wouldn’t want it to be Christmas all year round because then it wouldn’t be special anymore. But I am very slow to put all Christmas things away and there are some (my bookshelf Santas) that I usually leave out all year. The lighted decorations I leave up until the batteries are dead πŸ™‚ I don’t do a tree anymore so there are lighted objects and strings are festooned here and there on stuffed animals, faux flowers and such.
    When I had cats I would do a tree mostly for their amusement. For the first couple of days while the scent was fresh, they’d lie under it and get stoned on fir sap. I considered it successful if I came home from work and found the tree horizontal on the floor with a cat with a “what, me?” expression on his face sitting next to it. I learned early on to decorate with ribbons and paper ornaments and things that wouldn’t break or matter if they got chewed on. No tinsel because I found out fairly soon that cats can barf tinsel an amazing distance.
    One thing I do do all year round is reread Christmas regencies. Along about July I am ready for some ice skating and snow and holly and all that. Working on A Regency Christmas II at the moment.

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  3. I wouldn’t want it to be Christmas all year round because then it wouldn’t be special anymore. But I am very slow to put all Christmas things away and there are some (my bookshelf Santas) that I usually leave out all year. The lighted decorations I leave up until the batteries are dead πŸ™‚ I don’t do a tree anymore so there are lighted objects and strings are festooned here and there on stuffed animals, faux flowers and such.
    When I had cats I would do a tree mostly for their amusement. For the first couple of days while the scent was fresh, they’d lie under it and get stoned on fir sap. I considered it successful if I came home from work and found the tree horizontal on the floor with a cat with a “what, me?” expression on his face sitting next to it. I learned early on to decorate with ribbons and paper ornaments and things that wouldn’t break or matter if they got chewed on. No tinsel because I found out fairly soon that cats can barf tinsel an amazing distance.
    One thing I do do all year round is reread Christmas regencies. Along about July I am ready for some ice skating and snow and holly and all that. Working on A Regency Christmas II at the moment.

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  4. I wouldn’t want it to be Christmas all year round because then it wouldn’t be special anymore. But I am very slow to put all Christmas things away and there are some (my bookshelf Santas) that I usually leave out all year. The lighted decorations I leave up until the batteries are dead πŸ™‚ I don’t do a tree anymore so there are lighted objects and strings are festooned here and there on stuffed animals, faux flowers and such.
    When I had cats I would do a tree mostly for their amusement. For the first couple of days while the scent was fresh, they’d lie under it and get stoned on fir sap. I considered it successful if I came home from work and found the tree horizontal on the floor with a cat with a “what, me?” expression on his face sitting next to it. I learned early on to decorate with ribbons and paper ornaments and things that wouldn’t break or matter if they got chewed on. No tinsel because I found out fairly soon that cats can barf tinsel an amazing distance.
    One thing I do do all year round is reread Christmas regencies. Along about July I am ready for some ice skating and snow and holly and all that. Working on A Regency Christmas II at the moment.

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  5. I wouldn’t want it to be Christmas all year round because then it wouldn’t be special anymore. But I am very slow to put all Christmas things away and there are some (my bookshelf Santas) that I usually leave out all year. The lighted decorations I leave up until the batteries are dead πŸ™‚ I don’t do a tree anymore so there are lighted objects and strings are festooned here and there on stuffed animals, faux flowers and such.
    When I had cats I would do a tree mostly for their amusement. For the first couple of days while the scent was fresh, they’d lie under it and get stoned on fir sap. I considered it successful if I came home from work and found the tree horizontal on the floor with a cat with a “what, me?” expression on his face sitting next to it. I learned early on to decorate with ribbons and paper ornaments and things that wouldn’t break or matter if they got chewed on. No tinsel because I found out fairly soon that cats can barf tinsel an amazing distance.
    One thing I do do all year round is reread Christmas regencies. Along about July I am ready for some ice skating and snow and holly and all that. Working on A Regency Christmas II at the moment.

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  6. I live in the Midwest and I enjoy having the four seasons, but Winter is the hardest on me. I tend to get somewhat depressed in Winter. My love of Christmas gets me through November and December, but January and February are hard to take. I really have to work at keeping myself up-beat.
    Right now I’m working on getting rid of all of the extra junk I have around. Having been in this house for 40 years, there is plenty to get rid of. I’m not a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things if I have room to store them. There is something about disposing of this “stuff” that makes me feel good. Some goes to charity – some just goes in the trash.
    Another thing I do during these first two months is re-read a lot of my favorites. When I open a book, I want it to be a sure thing (smile).

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  7. I live in the Midwest and I enjoy having the four seasons, but Winter is the hardest on me. I tend to get somewhat depressed in Winter. My love of Christmas gets me through November and December, but January and February are hard to take. I really have to work at keeping myself up-beat.
    Right now I’m working on getting rid of all of the extra junk I have around. Having been in this house for 40 years, there is plenty to get rid of. I’m not a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things if I have room to store them. There is something about disposing of this “stuff” that makes me feel good. Some goes to charity – some just goes in the trash.
    Another thing I do during these first two months is re-read a lot of my favorites. When I open a book, I want it to be a sure thing (smile).

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  8. I live in the Midwest and I enjoy having the four seasons, but Winter is the hardest on me. I tend to get somewhat depressed in Winter. My love of Christmas gets me through November and December, but January and February are hard to take. I really have to work at keeping myself up-beat.
    Right now I’m working on getting rid of all of the extra junk I have around. Having been in this house for 40 years, there is plenty to get rid of. I’m not a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things if I have room to store them. There is something about disposing of this “stuff” that makes me feel good. Some goes to charity – some just goes in the trash.
    Another thing I do during these first two months is re-read a lot of my favorites. When I open a book, I want it to be a sure thing (smile).

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  9. I live in the Midwest and I enjoy having the four seasons, but Winter is the hardest on me. I tend to get somewhat depressed in Winter. My love of Christmas gets me through November and December, but January and February are hard to take. I really have to work at keeping myself up-beat.
    Right now I’m working on getting rid of all of the extra junk I have around. Having been in this house for 40 years, there is plenty to get rid of. I’m not a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things if I have room to store them. There is something about disposing of this “stuff” that makes me feel good. Some goes to charity – some just goes in the trash.
    Another thing I do during these first two months is re-read a lot of my favorites. When I open a book, I want it to be a sure thing (smile).

    Reply
  10. I live in the Midwest and I enjoy having the four seasons, but Winter is the hardest on me. I tend to get somewhat depressed in Winter. My love of Christmas gets me through November and December, but January and February are hard to take. I really have to work at keeping myself up-beat.
    Right now I’m working on getting rid of all of the extra junk I have around. Having been in this house for 40 years, there is plenty to get rid of. I’m not a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things if I have room to store them. There is something about disposing of this “stuff” that makes me feel good. Some goes to charity – some just goes in the trash.
    Another thing I do during these first two months is re-read a lot of my favorites. When I open a book, I want it to be a sure thing (smile).

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  11. Janice, I once had a cat (Angel) that I inherited from my nephew when he went off to collage. She too would climb up my Christmas tree and lay on a branch and give me “that look.” The one that said “Why else would you have a tree in the middle of the living room?”

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  12. Janice, I once had a cat (Angel) that I inherited from my nephew when he went off to collage. She too would climb up my Christmas tree and lay on a branch and give me “that look.” The one that said “Why else would you have a tree in the middle of the living room?”

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  13. Janice, I once had a cat (Angel) that I inherited from my nephew when he went off to collage. She too would climb up my Christmas tree and lay on a branch and give me “that look.” The one that said “Why else would you have a tree in the middle of the living room?”

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  14. Janice, I once had a cat (Angel) that I inherited from my nephew when he went off to collage. She too would climb up my Christmas tree and lay on a branch and give me “that look.” The one that said “Why else would you have a tree in the middle of the living room?”

    Reply
  15. Janice, I once had a cat (Angel) that I inherited from my nephew when he went off to collage. She too would climb up my Christmas tree and lay on a branch and give me “that look.” The one that said “Why else would you have a tree in the middle of the living room?”

    Reply
  16. We just did all our Ukrainian (Catholic – not Orthodox!) Christmas cooking today.
    My dress is still caked in that glue-thingy that happens when too much flour meets too much water!
    I wish everyone continued to celebrate Christmas until the 7th of January, when a few hundred million celebrate the holiday… πŸ™
    We still have New Year to come. So there WILL be champagne!

    Reply
  17. We just did all our Ukrainian (Catholic – not Orthodox!) Christmas cooking today.
    My dress is still caked in that glue-thingy that happens when too much flour meets too much water!
    I wish everyone continued to celebrate Christmas until the 7th of January, when a few hundred million celebrate the holiday… πŸ™
    We still have New Year to come. So there WILL be champagne!

    Reply
  18. We just did all our Ukrainian (Catholic – not Orthodox!) Christmas cooking today.
    My dress is still caked in that glue-thingy that happens when too much flour meets too much water!
    I wish everyone continued to celebrate Christmas until the 7th of January, when a few hundred million celebrate the holiday… πŸ™
    We still have New Year to come. So there WILL be champagne!

    Reply
  19. We just did all our Ukrainian (Catholic – not Orthodox!) Christmas cooking today.
    My dress is still caked in that glue-thingy that happens when too much flour meets too much water!
    I wish everyone continued to celebrate Christmas until the 7th of January, when a few hundred million celebrate the holiday… πŸ™
    We still have New Year to come. So there WILL be champagne!

    Reply
  20. We just did all our Ukrainian (Catholic – not Orthodox!) Christmas cooking today.
    My dress is still caked in that glue-thingy that happens when too much flour meets too much water!
    I wish everyone continued to celebrate Christmas until the 7th of January, when a few hundred million celebrate the holiday… πŸ™
    We still have New Year to come. So there WILL be champagne!

    Reply
  21. Janice, you’re more tolerant than I! I’m fine with the cats having a good time with the tree, but I really don’t want them to knock it over. As soon as Reggie started climbing this year’s tree, I packed away all the fragile glass ornaments (some of them were my favorites, alas), and made sure that everything on the lower branches was virtually unbreakable. Which means only one ornament was broken. *G*

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  22. Janice, you’re more tolerant than I! I’m fine with the cats having a good time with the tree, but I really don’t want them to knock it over. As soon as Reggie started climbing this year’s tree, I packed away all the fragile glass ornaments (some of them were my favorites, alas), and made sure that everything on the lower branches was virtually unbreakable. Which means only one ornament was broken. *G*

    Reply
  23. Janice, you’re more tolerant than I! I’m fine with the cats having a good time with the tree, but I really don’t want them to knock it over. As soon as Reggie started climbing this year’s tree, I packed away all the fragile glass ornaments (some of them were my favorites, alas), and made sure that everything on the lower branches was virtually unbreakable. Which means only one ornament was broken. *G*

    Reply
  24. Janice, you’re more tolerant than I! I’m fine with the cats having a good time with the tree, but I really don’t want them to knock it over. As soon as Reggie started climbing this year’s tree, I packed away all the fragile glass ornaments (some of them were my favorites, alas), and made sure that everything on the lower branches was virtually unbreakable. Which means only one ornament was broken. *G*

    Reply
  25. Janice, you’re more tolerant than I! I’m fine with the cats having a good time with the tree, but I really don’t want them to knock it over. As soon as Reggie started climbing this year’s tree, I packed away all the fragile glass ornaments (some of them were my favorites, alas), and made sure that everything on the lower branches was virtually unbreakable. Which means only one ornament was broken. *G*

    Reply
  26. Mary T, like you, I find it far too easy to keep things than to figure out what to do with them. I keep working away here and there to reduce the amount of Stuff.
    I’d say that rereading favorite books is a very good way to deal with winter sluggishness–though full spectrum lights might be a good idea, too. May you have good sunshine through January and February this year!

    Reply
  27. Mary T, like you, I find it far too easy to keep things than to figure out what to do with them. I keep working away here and there to reduce the amount of Stuff.
    I’d say that rereading favorite books is a very good way to deal with winter sluggishness–though full spectrum lights might be a good idea, too. May you have good sunshine through January and February this year!

    Reply
  28. Mary T, like you, I find it far too easy to keep things than to figure out what to do with them. I keep working away here and there to reduce the amount of Stuff.
    I’d say that rereading favorite books is a very good way to deal with winter sluggishness–though full spectrum lights might be a good idea, too. May you have good sunshine through January and February this year!

    Reply
  29. Mary T, like you, I find it far too easy to keep things than to figure out what to do with them. I keep working away here and there to reduce the amount of Stuff.
    I’d say that rereading favorite books is a very good way to deal with winter sluggishness–though full spectrum lights might be a good idea, too. May you have good sunshine through January and February this year!

    Reply
  30. Mary T, like you, I find it far too easy to keep things than to figure out what to do with them. I keep working away here and there to reduce the amount of Stuff.
    I’d say that rereading favorite books is a very good way to deal with winter sluggishness–though full spectrum lights might be a good idea, too. May you have good sunshine through January and February this year!

    Reply
  31. Sonya,
    Isn’t it better to think of the Ukrainian Christmas celebrations as something really special that most people aren’t lucky enough to have? (Insert a quiet “nyahh, nyahh” for those of us who aren’t so lucky. *G*) Two Christmases and two New Years! Happy Ukrainian holidays to you!

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  32. Sonya,
    Isn’t it better to think of the Ukrainian Christmas celebrations as something really special that most people aren’t lucky enough to have? (Insert a quiet “nyahh, nyahh” for those of us who aren’t so lucky. *G*) Two Christmases and two New Years! Happy Ukrainian holidays to you!

    Reply
  33. Sonya,
    Isn’t it better to think of the Ukrainian Christmas celebrations as something really special that most people aren’t lucky enough to have? (Insert a quiet “nyahh, nyahh” for those of us who aren’t so lucky. *G*) Two Christmases and two New Years! Happy Ukrainian holidays to you!

    Reply
  34. Sonya,
    Isn’t it better to think of the Ukrainian Christmas celebrations as something really special that most people aren’t lucky enough to have? (Insert a quiet “nyahh, nyahh” for those of us who aren’t so lucky. *G*) Two Christmases and two New Years! Happy Ukrainian holidays to you!

    Reply
  35. Sonya,
    Isn’t it better to think of the Ukrainian Christmas celebrations as something really special that most people aren’t lucky enough to have? (Insert a quiet “nyahh, nyahh” for those of us who aren’t so lucky. *G*) Two Christmases and two New Years! Happy Ukrainian holidays to you!

    Reply
  36. I like my cats as I like my dogs, mixed breeds are best.
    As for Christmas, we always kept our things up until Jan 6th at the earliest. We’re not Ukrainian, but Epiphany and my brother’s birthday were at about the same time.
    Lately we’ve not put up a tree. We’re in a small space. But we do have a vaguely tree-shaped macramΓ© hanging table that we decorate. And as it’s hanging, the presents fit nicely under it. We also move the dragon sculpture and put the nativity scene on there if I can find where the kids put it when I asked them the year before to ‘put it where it belongs’. Much to my disgust, I’ve learned their ‘where it belongs’ differs significantly with mine and their memories are somewhat shorter too!
    As hubby’s family didn’t put anything up until Christmas Eve and then took it down the next day after Christmas, we’ve had to sort out the preferences. When the kids were young, I won (Jan 6-ish but sometimes closer to Jan 1st) but now they get put away pretty quickly for the room.
    Sonya, Happy Ukrainian Holidays!

    Reply
  37. I like my cats as I like my dogs, mixed breeds are best.
    As for Christmas, we always kept our things up until Jan 6th at the earliest. We’re not Ukrainian, but Epiphany and my brother’s birthday were at about the same time.
    Lately we’ve not put up a tree. We’re in a small space. But we do have a vaguely tree-shaped macramΓ© hanging table that we decorate. And as it’s hanging, the presents fit nicely under it. We also move the dragon sculpture and put the nativity scene on there if I can find where the kids put it when I asked them the year before to ‘put it where it belongs’. Much to my disgust, I’ve learned their ‘where it belongs’ differs significantly with mine and their memories are somewhat shorter too!
    As hubby’s family didn’t put anything up until Christmas Eve and then took it down the next day after Christmas, we’ve had to sort out the preferences. When the kids were young, I won (Jan 6-ish but sometimes closer to Jan 1st) but now they get put away pretty quickly for the room.
    Sonya, Happy Ukrainian Holidays!

    Reply
  38. I like my cats as I like my dogs, mixed breeds are best.
    As for Christmas, we always kept our things up until Jan 6th at the earliest. We’re not Ukrainian, but Epiphany and my brother’s birthday were at about the same time.
    Lately we’ve not put up a tree. We’re in a small space. But we do have a vaguely tree-shaped macramΓ© hanging table that we decorate. And as it’s hanging, the presents fit nicely under it. We also move the dragon sculpture and put the nativity scene on there if I can find where the kids put it when I asked them the year before to ‘put it where it belongs’. Much to my disgust, I’ve learned their ‘where it belongs’ differs significantly with mine and their memories are somewhat shorter too!
    As hubby’s family didn’t put anything up until Christmas Eve and then took it down the next day after Christmas, we’ve had to sort out the preferences. When the kids were young, I won (Jan 6-ish but sometimes closer to Jan 1st) but now they get put away pretty quickly for the room.
    Sonya, Happy Ukrainian Holidays!

    Reply
  39. I like my cats as I like my dogs, mixed breeds are best.
    As for Christmas, we always kept our things up until Jan 6th at the earliest. We’re not Ukrainian, but Epiphany and my brother’s birthday were at about the same time.
    Lately we’ve not put up a tree. We’re in a small space. But we do have a vaguely tree-shaped macramΓ© hanging table that we decorate. And as it’s hanging, the presents fit nicely under it. We also move the dragon sculpture and put the nativity scene on there if I can find where the kids put it when I asked them the year before to ‘put it where it belongs’. Much to my disgust, I’ve learned their ‘where it belongs’ differs significantly with mine and their memories are somewhat shorter too!
    As hubby’s family didn’t put anything up until Christmas Eve and then took it down the next day after Christmas, we’ve had to sort out the preferences. When the kids were young, I won (Jan 6-ish but sometimes closer to Jan 1st) but now they get put away pretty quickly for the room.
    Sonya, Happy Ukrainian Holidays!

    Reply
  40. I like my cats as I like my dogs, mixed breeds are best.
    As for Christmas, we always kept our things up until Jan 6th at the earliest. We’re not Ukrainian, but Epiphany and my brother’s birthday were at about the same time.
    Lately we’ve not put up a tree. We’re in a small space. But we do have a vaguely tree-shaped macramΓ© hanging table that we decorate. And as it’s hanging, the presents fit nicely under it. We also move the dragon sculpture and put the nativity scene on there if I can find where the kids put it when I asked them the year before to ‘put it where it belongs’. Much to my disgust, I’ve learned their ‘where it belongs’ differs significantly with mine and their memories are somewhat shorter too!
    As hubby’s family didn’t put anything up until Christmas Eve and then took it down the next day after Christmas, we’ve had to sort out the preferences. When the kids were young, I won (Jan 6-ish but sometimes closer to Jan 1st) but now they get put away pretty quickly for the room.
    Sonya, Happy Ukrainian Holidays!

    Reply
  41. The bottom half of my tree was that way too…because I have a five year old who likes to “help” decorate. The heirloom pieces are up high and the soft, metal, or wooden ones are near the bottom. None broken this year! (Yet…I take it down on Saturday, but then no one likes helping take down the decorations so I should be good!)

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  42. The bottom half of my tree was that way too…because I have a five year old who likes to “help” decorate. The heirloom pieces are up high and the soft, metal, or wooden ones are near the bottom. None broken this year! (Yet…I take it down on Saturday, but then no one likes helping take down the decorations so I should be good!)

    Reply
  43. The bottom half of my tree was that way too…because I have a five year old who likes to “help” decorate. The heirloom pieces are up high and the soft, metal, or wooden ones are near the bottom. None broken this year! (Yet…I take it down on Saturday, but then no one likes helping take down the decorations so I should be good!)

    Reply
  44. The bottom half of my tree was that way too…because I have a five year old who likes to “help” decorate. The heirloom pieces are up high and the soft, metal, or wooden ones are near the bottom. None broken this year! (Yet…I take it down on Saturday, but then no one likes helping take down the decorations so I should be good!)

    Reply
  45. The bottom half of my tree was that way too…because I have a five year old who likes to “help” decorate. The heirloom pieces are up high and the soft, metal, or wooden ones are near the bottom. None broken this year! (Yet…I take it down on Saturday, but then no one likes helping take down the decorations so I should be good!)

    Reply
  46. Happy New Year, Mary Jo! I am so lucky–my three girls put my tree (fake, pre-lit) up Thanksgiving weekend, and while we were away in Virginia for New Year’s, the oldest came and de-Christmassed the house. Everything but the door wreaths and poinsettia rug by the kitchen sink is safely in a closet. I loved the decorated house, but it’s great to have things fresh and uncluttered. I’d go mad if all the stuff stayed out all year. But of course while I was away, I bought more Christmas ornaments on sale, LOL.

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  47. Happy New Year, Mary Jo! I am so lucky–my three girls put my tree (fake, pre-lit) up Thanksgiving weekend, and while we were away in Virginia for New Year’s, the oldest came and de-Christmassed the house. Everything but the door wreaths and poinsettia rug by the kitchen sink is safely in a closet. I loved the decorated house, but it’s great to have things fresh and uncluttered. I’d go mad if all the stuff stayed out all year. But of course while I was away, I bought more Christmas ornaments on sale, LOL.

    Reply
  48. Happy New Year, Mary Jo! I am so lucky–my three girls put my tree (fake, pre-lit) up Thanksgiving weekend, and while we were away in Virginia for New Year’s, the oldest came and de-Christmassed the house. Everything but the door wreaths and poinsettia rug by the kitchen sink is safely in a closet. I loved the decorated house, but it’s great to have things fresh and uncluttered. I’d go mad if all the stuff stayed out all year. But of course while I was away, I bought more Christmas ornaments on sale, LOL.

    Reply
  49. Happy New Year, Mary Jo! I am so lucky–my three girls put my tree (fake, pre-lit) up Thanksgiving weekend, and while we were away in Virginia for New Year’s, the oldest came and de-Christmassed the house. Everything but the door wreaths and poinsettia rug by the kitchen sink is safely in a closet. I loved the decorated house, but it’s great to have things fresh and uncluttered. I’d go mad if all the stuff stayed out all year. But of course while I was away, I bought more Christmas ornaments on sale, LOL.

    Reply
  50. Happy New Year, Mary Jo! I am so lucky–my three girls put my tree (fake, pre-lit) up Thanksgiving weekend, and while we were away in Virginia for New Year’s, the oldest came and de-Christmassed the house. Everything but the door wreaths and poinsettia rug by the kitchen sink is safely in a closet. I loved the decorated house, but it’s great to have things fresh and uncluttered. I’d go mad if all the stuff stayed out all year. But of course while I was away, I bought more Christmas ornaments on sale, LOL.

    Reply

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