Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Well, Christmas presents are opened and wrapping paper is cleaned up.  Christmas dinner was prepared and eaten (the standing rib roast turned out very well, even if I do say so myself).  I hope everyone out there in blogland got everything there little heart desired - I finally got my Kitchen Aid mixer that I have been wanting for so very long I don't even want to tell you!  Actually, even if it was a "toned down" Christmas in our household, it was a very nice Christmas - all the family was together for the first time in many, many years!

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 ----------------
Yes, it is a little small - and yes, he threw it back - but it was nice to see him catch the little bass!  He had fun and I was able to actually have proof he caught a fish off our dock!!!!

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?  


  1. I can't bear to take everything down right after Christmas, although I put them up pretty darn late. I haven't had the tree for two weeks yet. Also, I don't decorate all that much, just the tree, the little nativity set and a quilted wall hanging that came from Meme. I'll probably keep 'em up until a little after New Years.

  2. When I was growing up,we didn't put the tree up until Christmas Eve and took it down January 6, which is the Epiphany. Hence, the 12 days of Christmas.
    We don't necessarily decorate the motor home, especially if we are near family where we spend Christmas Christmas day with them.
    This year, we are near my sister and we spent Christmas with them.

    Merry Christmas to you both and a happy new year.

  3. I am taking down my decorations today. Have enjoyed my Christmas Tree longer this year. Your home looked beautiful with your Christmas decorations. Pictures were great. You are always so organized in putting things up and packing up afterwards. I did find a bag of your outdoor decorator flags in our garage. Have it ready to bring to you - hopefully soon. Happy New Year.


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