1.06.2008

So Long, Farewell...

Auf Wiedersehen, Good-Bye...(Cue several Austrian children to begin their routine)

Every year there comes a time to dismantle your festive halls. A time to pack away the stockings, the garland, the lights, the ornaments, the nativity sets, and even a little bit of residual joy to save for next year. You sweep up the millions of needles that have carpeted your floor beneath your tree for the last month. You (I use that term loosely, I mean The Husband) tote the many plastic crates upstairs to the attic. About the same time the last box is snapped shut it dawns on you just how many holiday decorations you have and you realize how empty your house now seems.

You pause to say goodbye to the holiday season and 2007. You take a deep breath and quickly realize just how tight your pants have gotten after all the holiday treats and indulgences. You vow to eat better and exercise more regularly.

As you look around your seemingly barren house, you decide it's the perfect time to rearrange the furniture. You can't believe you lived here for nearly 7 years and never tried the couch over THERE. For the rest of the day you walk by and stare at the changed room and murmur,"Why didn't we do that earlier?"

Finally it's time to say goodbye to a dear friend that has served you quite well this holiday season.

This sight causes a mixture of sadness and guilt. You were a wonderful little tree. Thank you.

13 comments:

  1. I love taking down the decorations because my house looks fresh. But it also looks bare. Maybe I should do some shopping?

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  2. cute post! I love the clean feeling after putting it all away!

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  3. You just won't believe this!
    I just realized I had linked your blog from mine to your"it's ornamental post" back on 12-12. I have been checking your blog for a month & thought you hadn't written.
    What a treat today to see I was way wrong! So glad you're to see you are here!

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  4. So did you change the furniture arrangement?...

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  5. So cute! I totally get the wanting to change things. I blogged about it, too. It seems that when the tree goes down, everything looks so barren!

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  6. I do this every year too. It's comical to me that our family room is so tiny, yet after removing the Christmas tree and decorations it looks room enough to fit another chair (theoretical at this point). I like the clean, but am not enjoying the empty feeling of the room.

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  7. And I thought I was the only one who felt sad leaving our little Christmas tree out for the trash guys to pick up! I do like rearranging furniture though--spring cleaning here I come!

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  8. I took that same picture today!
    It does feel good to have it all put away though!

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  9. I loved this. We actually rearranged our family room the day we took the tree down, too. It just needed something new to make up for the blankness that felt like it was leftover when all the decorations were gone.

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  10. I tagged you for a new meme if you want to join in:

    http://silken-familynight.blogspot.com/2008/01/zodiac-birthday-meme.html

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  11. I for one am getting really tired of finding stray small ornaments everyone and continually vaccumming up pine needles. I thought I was done with this last week??

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  12. this year, i didn't do much in terms of christmas stuff. our tiny, fake, granite-proof tree is still up. however, we did leave our dead and dried up tree from last year for pick up yesterday (yep, we're on the ball!).

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  13. ZERO sadness. None. So happy it's done.

    And your blog is very creative and fun.

    And I totally feel stressed my the sheer impossibility of reading all the books I want to. Are you loving Snow Flower? Let's be goodreads friends!

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