Santa’s footprints are fresh on the carpet. Remnants of cookies, cakes and chocolates linger. Tiny bits of paper and bows are still stuck to boxes, gifts and my carpet. Christmas dinner leftovers are in the icebox. Brand new toys have been cleaned up and re scattered. The house is a wreck from a whirlwind of holiday festivities, but I still have my beautiful tree to look at. The warm glow of the lights in the evening dusk give way to warm thoughts and new memories as I Iook forward to the New Year.
I enjoy my tree till the New Year, after all, it is still the holidays. And then I am happy to take the tree down and move forward into the blustery long winter awaiting the first signs of spring. March waiting…and still into April…waiting. However, there are so many people that I have noticed on Facebook today that were so eager to tear down their decorations. I know some people religiously take the tree down right away after Christmas, but it seems this was all I was hearing about this relaxing, unwinding DAY AFTER Christmas.
Our family has always celebrated into the New Year with our tree up. Has our society become so rushed that we can’t enjoy and relax with our beautiful decor for a few days after Christmas? I always feel so rushed the entire month of December and it saddens me that Christmas passes us so fast. I always feel I missed something, a smile, a laugh, a surprise, or perhaps I just didn’t relax enough to enjoy my family, and when it’s all said and done, at the least I can hope to catch a few more memories at the tree with my boys before I have to take it down. Here I sit this evening by the glow of my Christmas tree, my boys fast asleep, and me and hubby clicking away at our computers sipping some wine, and relaxing.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!