Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Breaking Up Christmas Again

Time to take down the tree and get it out of the house before the New Year. I am so ready to see all the red and green, not to mention the increasingly flammable evergreen branches, GONE!

It's almost like the pre-Passover search in Jewish households for the last scrap of chametz (leavened bread) -- trying to track down every last red ribbon, reindeer, or Santa lurking around the house . . .

I'm ready to pack away the decorations -- but I hope we can hold on to all I love about Christmas -- the spirit of giving and the promise of Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men.

That would be nice, wouldn't it?


June said...

It would be nice.
It would be nice to see people smiling in greeting, just in passing, all day long.
It would be nice to feel the magic of memories and promises kept.
The cookies, fudge, and chocolate . . . I am ready to see some diminution of those.

Thérèse said...

"the spirit of giving and the promise of Peace on Earth"
Yes I cherish these words whose meaning seems to have less effect on mankind year after year but I keep faith.

Ms. A said...

That would be nice!

Merisi said...

It is interesting to observe how Christmas starts later here in Austria and ends later, on Twelfth Night. The tree goes up on Christmas Eve and gets taken down on Three-Kings-Day, the 6th of January. In earlier times, when the tree was but a small one, standing in the unheated entrance hall of farm houses, the 2nd of February, Candlemas, was the day to take it down.

Wishing you peace and love and everything else you wish for,

Kath said...

First. I adore the Christmas ornament and landscape photo.

It would be nice if we could hold on to all the positives all year round. As a matter of fact. I'll make that my New Year's resolution.

To be positive. To look to 'pay it forward'. To try to make it better for others.

Deanna said...

Yes, that would definitely be nice.

I'm going to have to tackle a little undressing of the house here too.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and here's to 2015!

Jime said...

Almost Happy New Year Vicki and to all on your blog.

dannie said...

Seems like I always miss something and wind up sticking it in "the drawer." I always have one or two special things that I'm not ready to put away so I find a special nook on a shelf to tuck them in for when I need a little of those sweet Christmas memories.

Stella Jones said...

I hate taking down the decorations after Christmas and here in England the tradition is to leave them up til 12th night. So I have a little longer to enjoy them. Happy New Year!

Barbara Rogers said...

May you and your family have all the joy possible in 2015!

Frances said...

Vicki, I can imagine that the kittehs might be sorry to see the decorations put away, but I certainly understand what you mean about flammable potential.

And also what you mean about keeping the Christmas spirit going throughout the year. Yes, let's do it!


jennyfreckles said...

Your first photo is particularly magical. My decorations will stay for a few days more - and then it will all look bare until I get used to it again.

Victoria said...

Vicki, I love the first photo...well, I love all of them, but that's one of my favorites.

My decorations will stay up until Twelfth Night, but if I still used a real tree, it would be coming down tomorrow. But, wait! I just glanced over at Merisi's reply and read about Candlemas. Yay, a reason to leave it up longer! :)

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful 2015, Vicki.