I have to admit feeling a little guilty about my attitude this year after reading Lanier’s various Christmas posts, especially the one about Keeping Christmas. While I enjoyed Christmas, it went by in such a blur. I think part of that is having a toddler/preschooler in the house. It seems like every time I turn around it is either 5:30 a.m. (time to get up!) or 5:30 p.m. (time to clean up the dishes and start Caroline’s evening routine).
When we decorated the house a few days after Thanksgiving and everything was up, I sat down and my first thought was – I can’t wait to put all this away. This is so not characteristic of me. In the past, I longed for the time when we would bring out the Christmas things and decorate the house. It always felt so homey and cozy. But adding a third member to our household has made it seem less cozy and just more cramped.
I know if a childless person is reading this they might be tempted to think that I’m an ungrateful wretch to even make such a statement. Believe me when I say I am very thankful for the little person who has taken over our lives. We would be sad and lost without her. But it is striking to me how adding one tiny little person and all her stuff and her presence can make a house go from cozy and comfortable to please just put it all away so I can breathe!
Everything is still up today (the 28th), mostly because of my cold and not having the energy to tackle such a large project. I usually enjoy keeping up the decorations into January, but this year I think they will probably come down on New Year’s Day. We’ll keep up the lights around the dining room windows and on the banister until the end of February which we always do in an attempt to dispel some of the winter gloom. We’ll pull out the box marked “Winter” and add some snowmen around the rooms for little change of pace. But I can honestly say that it was a good Christmas and, for this year at least, I’m already ready to move on.
How was your Christmas, especially those of you who had unexpectedly white ones?