Holiday Blues

From Janelle:

The holidays are over and work is in full swing.  Not that it had ever stopped and while things did slow down from a gallop to a trot, only three days off while we partied and I worked was exhilarating but exhausting.  It’s time to buckle down again and hang up my Party Girl hat.

Christmas decorations were stored in the attic with care in the hopes that remodeled walls soon would be there.  While we didn’t pull out the tinsel and tree ornaments we did, however manage to string some outside lights.  We disparage naked and dark homes in the neighborhood and couldn’t succumb to the temptation to avoid the hassle, even for one year.  Hooville won’t be marred by Grinches living in this house!

In years past I’ve hurriedly opened holiday cards sent by friends and loved ones daily but later savoring a moment to sort through them after Christmas, tossing the ordinary, laughing at the humorous and filing away for future amusement cards with actual photos of friends, gazing in wonderment at how much their children have grown.  Christmas Eve this year found me tearing open envelopes for the first time, pondering what I should do with them.  Should I dig out the filing box containing years of faded photo cards, throw them in one of the decoration boxes in the attic bound with a rubber band for proper attention next year or round file them?

From Lewis:

 Being partially disabled for the holidays made the request to put lights up a hard one to accept for two reasons.  First the decorations were put in the back of storage that I was in no shape to dig for.  Second I would have needed help to put any lights up because I’m no better than a one handed wallpaper hanger but we were able to get some assistance and put up some lights.  Now Janelle can take them down.

From Janelle:

Oy vey, I hadn’t thought about taking them down.  Many houses in our neighborhood, us included, still have their lights blazing away…Lewis needs to get better soon!  Oh, and for the record, I never asked him to do it.  A very nice friend offered to help us out.  Thanks JT!

What do you do with your Christmas cards; toss or sentimentally retain them?

2 Responses to Holiday Blues

  1. Dee Wood says:

    Feeling guilty, but grateful …
    I love each of the cards received & plan to write a personal note back to each one … a 2013 resolution, although not sure I can do it, but high achieving goals are good, right?!
    Yep, time to take those lights down!!

    • Wow, I’m impressed! You will write each person a note? Did you send a note with your cards? For years I wrote a “cardful” to each recipient but for the last couple years I barely got the cards in the mail. I didn’t even do that this year. There’s always next year…. Maybe I will get to the lights next weekend….

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