I find it so hard after the holidays to begin the task of putting away Christmas with all its colorful decorations.
First of all, I dread all the work. I mean, I am just being real with you. It just isn’t as fun and exciting when you are packing it all away and wrapping everything in tissue or bubble wrap. No excitement about…. “Awww! Look at this! Remember this?”
In my case, I have to get all the storage boxes back out of the basement and start the whole deal in reverse. I find it easiest to decide on a morning or afternoon and just bring the boxes into the living room and start wrapping and packing while I watch “A Christmas Carol” again. It is my most favorite Christmas movie. And a close second is “A Christmas Story” because I just love Ralphie!
It always seems so colorless and drab after Christmas, don’t you think? Outside here in Ohio, unless we have a pretty new snowfall, it is all brown and drab. If old snow is on the ground, it looks dirty and leftover.
Time for Cabin Fever to set in!
I don’t know how you store your Christmas decorations, but I use those big plastic boxes with attached lids. I have labels on the ends of each box showing what goes into each. Well, at least the category. I find this is the easiest way of putting away Christmas. I have them labeled Christmas Village, tree ornaments, knick-knacks, Dickens items. That way, I can put everything that goes together, packed all together.
And everything goes into Bubble Wrap. I can use this every year, over and over, just keep the strips in the empty box and when I get out the Storage Bins, just rewrap in the same piece of bubble wrap. I have not had anything broken since I started this.
There are a whole lot of outside decorations for the deck. Not lights or anything. I don’t do the outside lights. Not that ambitious! But wreaths, garlands, bows and some giant ornaments ….I think I need to back that train up a bit! It’s getting out of hand.
And as for the timing, I like to get everything put away before New Years because I want to start the year fresh, with everything put away. I don’t like to party on New Years with the dread in the back of my mind telling me “When are you going to pack all the Christmas stuff away?”
I want that all gone. Christmas is Over!
Now my daughter usually has everything already packed away and is all finished! Of course, she is done early! She puts hers up in November so when Christmas is over, she will start putting it away. Even on the evening of Christmas day.
I am always the procrastinator. I just can’t get motivated. Her motivation is going back to work and knowing that her 50-60 hour work week won’t allow any “extra” time for that! So that work needs to be “off the table” now. Her son will be back to school and there will be homework and quizzes and spelling to practice. And back to Hip Hop classes, karate…Oh my, busy Moms these days! I seriously don’t know how they do it.
But this Christmas, since we now live together, I am working to get it all gone by New Years ( and I made it!) She agreed to this. That way the pressure is not on her to get it all done between work shifts. I worked an hour or two each day and got it done. The guys had to do that monster tree take-down though!
My grandson will be sad to see his Miniature Christmas Village put away since he has enjoyed it so much. I think he liked best using the table this year as a “tent” and climbing under it to play. It was his “hotel room.” I am not putting it away until mid-January to allow him extra time to play. It is his town this year anyway.
I remember when he was little and we got that table out once in a while, draped a blanket or sheet over it, and he could play “tent” in the snowy days which were sure to come in January.
It seems so colorless and drab around here. What can I do to cheer up?
Where are my garden magazines? There now, I am feeling much better.