On my morning walk today, I saw my first post-Christmas tree out on the curb. I know some people take the tree down the day after, some have all the Christmas things packed up by New Years Eve. That is not me! The tree is a once a year event. It goes up Thanksgiving weekend and it doesn't come down until the New Year has started.
Every morning the tree is in our house, I start my day by turning on the lights. Before I let out the dogs, start coffee or really wipe the sleep from my eyes, I want to see the glow of multi-colored lights gleaming off shiny ornaments. I want to sit in the living room, looking at the tree, my eyes tracing the shapes of familiar tree trimmings, my mind recalling memories attached to those ornaments.
The elephant ornament I got in high school, that has survived 5 moves, one decorated tree toppling over, and a leaky basement that ruined lesser ornaments.....our son's 4 month old hand print.....our daughter's 4 month old foot print (because after the hand printing fiasco, we thought feet would be easier!).....our first Christmas ornament.....handmade ornaments from the kids....
These things only have one time to shine, and I'm going to enjoy it for all it's worth. I'm a firm believer in letting Christmas linger just a little bit more! I'm also a firm believer that if you let your tree stay up longer than January 10th, you look crazy.
Look for my tree to be kicked out the front door about January 9th.