Sunday, January 2, 2011

All Good Things Must End

I love the Christmas season, but every good thing has to end sometime.

I go back to work tomorrow, and after work I'll take Son Tony to the airport so he can fly back home. In the Catholic church, the Christmas season starts Christmas Day.  It ends on Epiphany, which celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child.  The traditional day of the feast is January 6th (12 days after Christmas), but it's now transferred to the closest Sunday.  That was today.  When we went to Mass we got to sing songs like "We Three Kings" and "What Child Is This".  Next week the familiar carols will be gone.

I was planning of taking down the tree tomorrow night, but when Son Donald came for a visit and asked if he could help us with anything, I couldn't turn him down.  I left to run some errands.  While I was gone, Hubby Tony and the boys went to town. When I got home the tree was undecorated, disassembled, and returned to its box under the basement stairs. The lights in the front yard and deck had also been removed and boxed up.  After dinner Tony started the dishwasher, making sure all the Christmas cups and dishes were included. I stocked the cup cabinet with everyday coffee cups, and when the dishes were done, I piled up the holiday things so they could get put away.

Tonight for the first time in a month we don't have a lit tree in the living room, or the glow of the outside lights.  Tomorrow I'll work on taking down all the other decorations and returning the house to its normal state.  It will be back to reality.

Until next year....


  1. Took my tree down last night, too. Time to trackle the rest. I will miss the warm glow of lights and am trying to think of a way to integrate them into my everyday life ....... at least until spring.

  2. It's kind of bittersweet, isn't it...taking down the decorations? But I'm usually ready and we get used to the lack of twinkling lights very quickly.

    I just got an email from CSN that my knives were shipped today! Yippee! :)

  3. We are officially "UNdecorated" too. Always looks a bit bare but I have to admit I love having the order restored to the house.

    Hope your week is going well!

  4. I took down what little I had put up the weekend after Christmas and returned all the Christmas boxes to the storage unit. I am insane to get everything back to "normal" after Christmas. Cannot stand Christmas decor after the holiday. It's a special moment in time that does not need to be stretched too far.

  5. I took my tree and decorations down the day after Christmas. My daughter and family left then and it just felt like I had to do it so I could move on.

    Have a wonderful new year! I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  6. sounds like this will be fun Kathy. I also carry a paint chip around in my handbag, it's like my travelling office, I swear. I've used it to match towels for my bathroom.