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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Christmas 2010 has come and gone. How do you feel about that? Happy? Relieved? Sad? Tired?

I LOVE Christmas. I think most of you have picked that up by now. It flies by all too quickly for me. But I have to admit once it's over, I'm ready to take down the tree and get the house back to normal. I mean, like immediately. No lingering over the tree for me. The party's over, let it go.

Okay, that's a little harsh, but I think you know what I mean. With the tree, gifts and decorations come extra clutter, and I'm ready to put things back in order. All I'm sayin'.

What about you? Do you like to keep your Christmas things up for a week or two? Month? All year?

It's at this time of year I start to consider the merits of a tiny ceramic tree . . . .

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:10 AM  
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At 9:41 AM, Blogger jel said...

morning Diann!

I had to laugh at that pic you put up on this post! :)

I think you can carry CHRISTmas in your heart all year long ! the decorations and gifts is just a plus ! we bought a small fiber optic tree, this year. And all ya have to do in plug it in and ya got lights , so I might just keep it up, and just turn it on when i need a pick~me~up! :)

may ya have a VERy BLESSED new year!!!!!!!!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

That picture is PERFECT! And it's just what my house looks like after the big party. LOL that wasn't even here, but the kids and the laundry and the stuff. ACK!!

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I used to always leave the tree up until Jan 2nd. But this year, I'm ready for it to be over, even this though Christmas was one of the best.

GIve up on the tiny ceramic tree, Di. I tried a table-top tree, a 3 footer when we got Shadrach. He was too interested in the decorations, thus the table-top. But my family rebelled. So last year, after Christmas, the hubs bought a 7' pre-lit tree.

I must say it's nice, but I can't leave it decorated and simply put a bag to store it. No, it requires un-decorating, which means I have to decorate it again next year.

I loved hauling out an already decorated tree, plugging it in, and shouting, "Let Christmas begin!"

Oh well.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Scrooge here...I didn't even hang out a wreath this year. Yeah, nasty me. And for the second time in my adult life, I did not sing the Christmas cantata with the choir--no practices, no stress. Mel worked, so no Christmas party, and I slept until noon and then went and visited with my mother for an hour. No gift exchange. Nothing. It has been the most peaceful season I can remember. Being sick does have its good points sometimes!

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I do understand, Cheryl. I didn't sing in our Christmas musical this year, and I have to say it was nice not worrying about all those practices, etc. AND I enjoyed listening from the audience.

Having that said, I DID miss being a part of it all. I missed my church choir family, interacting and laughing together, complaining over hard music, all that. LOL

I guess we each have to do what we have to do. When hubby had a heart attack a few years back, we did very little to celebrate Christmas. After my nod toward eternity this year, I was prepared to enjoy Christmas this year to the fullest--and I did! Loved every single moment of it, even the hustle-bustle!

I'm sorry you haven't felt well, Cheryl, and hope you're tip-top again soon!

You're right, Jel, we can carry Christmas in our hearts all year long. Love that attitude!

Isn't it the truth, Kristin? Our house always looks like a cyclone hit it after Christmas. Hubby took down the decorations for me today so I could work on my edits. Wasn't that sweet?!

Ane, I think our kids would complain, too. But notice who is NOT here when everything has to be put up and taken down? ;-)

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

We Catholics celebrate Christmas until Epiphany which is Jan. 6th. In our family we leave the decorations up until then. Sometimes I would leave them up through the entire Christmas season which lasts 40 days, or until Feb. 2. However, DH decided that looked a bit dorky to our neighbors, so we take the tree down on Jan. 6th. I LOVE being a means a looooonnnngggg Christmas season!!!

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Ruthie, I didn't know that about Catholics. That's very interesting! My SIL is Catholic and so is my niece, so you gave me a little insight into their world at Christmas.

It's been a wonderful season!

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

I am with you! As soon as we got back from being out of town, the tree and all the decorations were dismantled! When I was a kid, we took the tree down on New Year's Day, but I like to start the New Year fresh without any remnants of that chore left to do. My husband laughs at me at how quickly I want the stuff gone. I love it all when it's anticipation, but once the gifts are opened, I'm so done.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

Hi~ This year? I am taking that tree down! I had my accident and surgery last year and my husband didn't get the boxes back down from the attic so the tree stayed up the whole year. I love my old fashioned tree, but I am SO ready for it to be down. This weekend, it will come down one way or the other!!!

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At 10:10 PM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

I'm with you, Diann. The only thing I like better than having the Christmas tree twinkling in the darkened house, is having it packed away for the season! My kids tease me about the year I took the tree down on Dec. 25th after we'd opened our gifts. Most years it comes down by Dec. 27 or 28 at the latest. The only thing I leave up longer is the wreath on the front door.

I've been known to drive around town and yell at people who still have their Christmas lights up (and plugged in!!) after January 2. Okay, I don't roll the windows of my car down, but still! Come on people Christmas is over!


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