Today has been one of those days we all have to do but no one really wants to. The Christmas presents have been worn and played with and maybe broken. New Year's resolutions are already being broken. Epiphany has come and gone. Playoff football is on TV.
Which all means it is time to take down the Christmas tree, outside lights and generally de-decorate. As a kid, we usually did it the weekend following Epiphany, and it was one of the saddest days of the year for me. I was fully prepared for sadness today, but the day ended up being pretty good, if a little solitary.
The kids wanted no part of now that the tree is down, preferring to return from their mom's tomorrow with only the little trees in their rooms to remind them of the recently-enjoyed holidays. So now the ornaments are wrapped, the lights are bagged up, the tree is down and the house has returned to normal.
And I feel pretty good about it all. It gave me a chance to clean up a bit, to really look at all the great ornaments we have and to think about all of the happiness the represent. So here I am resting on the couch, with shiny floors, vacuumed carpets, the sharp smell of vinegar mixing with the fading aroma of cinnamon-scented pine cones. It's a quiet moment before the week roars to a start and we only have stray pine needles and some pictures to remind us of Christmases Past.
Have a great week!