The OTHER 11 months of the year.
You know the "normal" months.
The months where you don't have access to an abundance of baked goods in the kitchen 24/7.
The months where there isn't a large tree in your living room.
The months where scented candles don't waft evergreen aromas throughout the downstairs.
The months where there are not boxes wrapped in mismatched festive paper cluttering the home.
That's right. I called it clutter.
Because as much as I like to hop on the holiday bandwagon early each year, I am also the first stop to get off.
The tree came down on December 26th. It's not as Grinchy as it sounds. It had been up since the week BEFORE Thanksgiving and it encompassed 50% of our cozy (read: small) living room.
Oh, it's not that the tree that is the problem. It's the fact that 2/3 of the wee ones who take residence here did their best to "undecorate" it daily and eat the needles and ornament hooks which resulted in us needing to fence our tree in with an expandable baby corral. It almost looked as if our tree was a pristine display that we wanted to showcase by the way it was confined to a "no humans allowed" cage.
I am really very festive.
I baked weekly.
I made reindeer food.
I hosted a gingerbread party for 12 kindergarteners.
I sang Dominic the Donkey in the off key way that only my tone deaf self can do for the better part of December.
We attended gatherings and tree lightings and Polar Express rides and laser light shows set to holiday ditties.
But, come 12/26 I pull the plug.
I pull the plug on the lights and the music and the oven.
I package it all into it's red and green rubbermaid totes and stuff it into the back corner of the basement until next November when I'm feeling "merry" again.
Am I crazy? Does anyone else view the holiday hoopla as festive through 12/25 @ midnight and then view it as clutter and chaos and overload after that?
You know me. I love to organize any day of the year, but there is something about ringing in a New Year that makes me want to purge and clean like no other time.
I hope your holidays were filled with fabulous memories and like our Christmas card said..