Yesterday morning the kids headed back to Atlanta, via Cuthburt to see their dad. Hopefully, they have had good weather all the way back home, but I don't guarantee that one. However, after they left, and the other two kids, Dan and I went out to breakfast at the Truck Stop (the name of the local restaurant) - actually I was the only one who ate breakfast - everyone else ate lunch since it was 11:45!
After we got home, Dan and I decided it was time to put Christmas away! So, we started to take all the decorations down and put them away. While I took decorations off all the trees, Dan went over to the store room and got the crates. Well, it took us until about 9 o'clock last night, but everything is back to "normal".
The tree is down and the dining room is back in order.
The entry table is back to it's normal "self".
The kitchen is clean and all is put away. (See my new mixer???? Isn't it pretty?????) Oh, Dan got a new toaster oven - aren't we practical?
No matter how much I enjoy decorating for the holidays (for those of you that know me, or that follow this blog know that I LOVE to decorate for the holidays!)- and that includes the holidays in October and November - I am sorta glad to get everything cleaned up and put away after Christmas.
It is nice to have everything "clean" and pared down after all the extra decorations you have out during all the fall decorating and, of course, the Christmas decorations. Sometimes it looks a little bare after you put everything away, but it is also nice to have that "clean" look.
One other thing - on Christmas Day, while waiting for dinner to cook, my son-in-law went out back to do a little fishing off the dock. Look what he got ----------------
I have One more little thing before I sign off for today - and to me it is a little funny. When I was younger and my kids were little - I would always leave the Christmas tree up until New Year's Day. The tradition was I would take the tree down and put everything away while watching the football games on New Year's Day. So, the house would be all put back "together" before going back to work. That's what we did when I was growning up and that's what I did when my kids were little. Now, that I have all the time in the world, I take the tree down and put everything away the day AFTER Christmas! (If you really want to know what I think is the reason why I do this - I can answer in one little word - DAN.)
So, when do you take your decorations down? After New Year's or right after Christmas?