Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A New Season

It's funny how, after days and weeks of planning and excitement, you know when Christmas is over. Taking it all down, putting it all away, ranks among my least favorite jobs, but once I get started I tend to make a clean sweep. On that one morning when I get up and realize that I can't do anything else BUT put Christmas away, I usually don't stop until I'm finished.

Ornaments are taken off the tree and out of the china cabinet. They are removed from the center of the dining room table, the top of the bookcase in the hall, the stairway and the fireplace hearth. Tissue wrapped and put into labeled boxes, they are placed on shelves in the back of the garage until next year.  

It was a great I can look back on and feel content and happy about. My goal was to spend less and simplify. To make what gifts I could and be thoughtful about the rest. To pay attention to relationships and why it means something to me to celebrate Christmas in the first place.

I'm proud of our family as well. The five of us spent some good time together. Expectations were realistic and appreciation was high. But it's time to move on to a new month and a new season. Sometime within the next week I'm hoping to outline my plans and goals for the year. I want to figure out what I'd like to focus on for the next few months......but first......I'm going to take a few days off and REST!!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the New Year!

Warmly, Margaret

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