The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

If you really love me....

I hope you all had a very very Merry Merry Christmas.  And I hope that you are looking forward to a fab new year!  I always get a little melancholy about the old year leaving.  I won't go into all the deep seated psyche that goes into my "fears", but I get a little paranoid that the new year will hold something tragic.  I have not had a year that I was ever super happy to say goodbye to.  Last year, this fear was proven out when my beloved Granma died on January 2.  So I think I don't like the new year because I always know in the back of my head that "this could be the year that ...."  Anyway, that's waaaaaay to deep and dark for this post.  You can explore my dark side some other time.

What I really want to ask is WON'T SOMEONE OUT THERE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come over and take down my Christmas decorations?  Seriously!  If you love me, you will!  It's this time each year that I question why in the world I thought it was a good idea to get out ALL the tubs of decorations or why I thought it would be fun to add a few new ones to the collection.  Seriously?  I think next year I will buy a live tree, buy some red and green plastic balls at the dollar store, and throw the whole thing out to the curb the day after Christmas.  It helps me really understand something I never liked or understood as a child.  When I was a kid, my parents had a fake tree that had been flocked.  It had blue glass balls on it with maybe blue or white lights, I can't remember, I just know it was a monochrome homage to Elvis and 1976!  Every year, that tree came out of the attic on December 24.  We removed the sheet that had been protecting it for the other 363 days of the year and plugged that puppy in.  On December 26, the sheet went back on and up it went to await it's two day appearance the following year.  Sort of funny now, when I think about it.  And on December 26th, I TOTALLY get it.  It's always amazing to me how the decorations that looked so homey and ethereal at midnight on December 25, magically transform themselves to JUNK and clutter overnight and I can't wait to not look at them for a few months.

So.... if you love me, and surely someone out there does.... you will come over and take down all my decorations.  You might even organize them when you are in the attic.... if you really really love me.  I'll make you a sandwich and an ice cold coca-cola! :)  Pretty please!

8 comments:

Kristine said...

I do love you, but I have the same problem here.

I had decided the same thing...next year we are getting a live tree and all the decorations that we put up will be handmade by the kids and if they don't want to make something...then we'll just have a tree ;)

I have already started to de-clutter. One thing that helps me is to put everything in one room and then bring all the tubs to that room and load them and then haul them to the basement at one time...done. We will see if it happens that easily.

I feel your pain.

Kristine

Bethany said...

I thought you would like to come to Atlanta to take mine down!!! LOL! I just asked Tim "What's the point in all this anyway?", referring to the massive amounts of decorations. Seriously, why do I bust my butt stressing out over decorating each year for a few weeks? I really ought to put that energy into something else!

But, I do really like the idea of buying a real one and use cheap ornaments and throw the entire thing away....ummmm, I wonder if I can get Tim on board to that idea!

carolinagirl said...

right there with you. most indoor decorations down including 4 trees, but the totes are lining the upstairs, all outside stuff still up. ugh! i love Christmas, but really really dislike the take down.

good luck!

Oatsvall Team said...

HOW ABOUT A DIET COKE AND SOME CHOCOLATE ... I AM NOT GREAT AT ORGANIZING, BUT I CAN TAKE IT ALL DOWN THROW IT IN A BOX AND SCOOP IT UP TO THE ATTITC ... LOVE YA GIRL !!!

Barb said...

I know exactly what you mean when you say how everything looks so cozy until the 26th . . . I always felt the same "back home", but now I've found myself in another cultural difference . . . here, decorating usually starts late (tree goes up a few days before Christmas), but everything STAYS up until January 13 - that's the official day to throw the tree out . . . I don't know if I'll last that long . . . but it's still so dark here that the Christmas lights certainly still look nice . . .

Tracy said...

Don't you have a pic of your childhood tree??? It sounds awesome!!

Now if you had an ET child you would have to deal with the guilt of taking it down before their Christmas on Jan. 7. I'm still dealing with that--- not sure if I'll make it!

I love you Ondrea!!!

Becky and Keith said...

I thought about you today as I was trying to get my four year old to hold the tree while I unscrewed it from the stand and it almost fell because... well... a four year old can't hold a tree up. :-) I finally took everything down. Thankfully Alex is away because the totes are all sitting in his room waiting for someone to actually put them away. :-) Happy New Year, my friend!

Amy said...

I'll take down yours... if you take down mine! It seems like just yesterday I was enjoying all the pictures of everyone's decor. Why does Christmas have to end so soon? :)