I love the holidays. Everything about it. Especially decorating. The way the house feels warm and cozy with cinnamon candles and a glowing Christmas tree.
But to be honest, this year, I couldn’t wait to undecorate.
We’ve been in Christmas mode since Halloween. I loved it. But the minute Christmas had passed, my tree annoyed me. There was so much “stuff” just sitting around. Santas. Advent calendars. Garlands. Lights.
I wanted it all boxed up so I could finally say we’ve passed the holiday benchmark.
This probably had something to do with the fact that I have been marking pre-baby No. 2 time by saying: “After the holidays, the baby will be here soon.” And “We need to do X and Y, but let’s worry about that after the holidays.”
My brain needed to clear out the clutter, check Christmas off the list, and turn my attention to No. 2’s arrival.
Yesterday I boxed up everything! There really wasn’t that much. One plastic bin of decorations and lights, and the case for ornaments. Still, it felt amazing. Ahhhh. Then it felt bare. Sigh.
(We have yet to move the tree to the compost pile. Last year, the tree called our balcony home until March. So any time this month would be great.)
So here we go. Undecorated. Holidays officially over. Let the nesting begin!