Most years, I’m not anxious to take down the Christmas decorations. Most years, I leave everything up at least until January 6th (the feast of the Epiphany, which is when my mom and grandma taught me you were supposed to take down your decorations). Most years, I love looking at them and hate to take them down and store them away for another year.
This year, though, they are driving me nuts and it’s not even a week past Christmas.
I wonder if it is because I’m not feeling good – or maybe because we’ve been more house-bound than normal because of the wretched weather we’ve had. I’m not sure. But I do know that they have to go – and soon.
On our recent outing to Wal Mart I purchased some of those cutesy red and green Rubbermaid tubs. I am hoping to talk Big Girl into helping me put things away in a little more organized fashion this year that we have in years past. As I lay awake at 4AM this morning, waiting for my cold meds to kick in, I was planning out how we’d pack everything away. (how sad is that?) Outside decorations in one container, ornaments in another, etc.
I’m hoping to have enough energy to get started on the cleanup today. I’d really like to get it done before New Year’s – I know after school/work resume next week, it will be really difficult to find time to get things tidied up.
Once the Christmas decor is put away, I’m trying to decide what I want to do. I have a bunch of snowmen that my mom has given me through the years. Back in November when the Christmas decorations were going up, I thought I’d put those snowmen out in January for a little decorations to welcome the new year. Now, I’m not sure if I want the clutter or not. I may opt for streamlined simplicity.
When do you take down your holiday decorations? and what do you do afterwards? Are you one of those “day after Christmas and it’s all gone” kind of people, or do you leave the decorations up longer?