Is There Anything As Depressing Than De-Decorating?

Is There Anything As Depressing Than De-Decorating? January 8, 2024

In our home, we have a strict rule that decorating for Christmas does not happen until after Thanksgiving. After the Thanksgiving dinner dishes have been washed and put away officially kicks off the start of the Christmas season. But technically, the days leading up to Christmas are Advent, which is the awaiting of Christ and Christmas. The true Christmas season is from December 25th until Epiphany on January 6th. Still, I don’t think I would enjoy the days leading up to Christmas nearly as much without the Christmas decorations as I wait. And really, what’s the point of decorating after the Christmas gifts have been opened? Personally, once Christmas Day is over, I’m pretty much done with Christmas, although we leave our decorations up until New Year’s Day when we de-decorate.

Is there anything more depressing than de-decorating?/Image courtesy of Pexels

But is there anything more depressing than “de-decorating” after Christmas is over?  Well, yes, I suppose there is, but it’s always such a letdown to finally admit the holidays are over.  There is such a sense of anticipation building up to Christmas.  There is the shopping, decorating, Christmas programs, Christmas parties, the once-a-year Christmas music, special goodies to eat, and everything else that goes into the climax of having everything come together on Christmas morning.  (Or, if you cheat, Christmas Eve.  But you folks who open your presents on Christmas Eve are doing things all wrong.  Just sayin’).

Putting up Christmas decorations takes a lot of time and energy, but in the end, it is worth it.  With Thanksgiving coming early this year, we had almost a whole extra week to enjoy our decorations.  Over the years, we seem to have accumulated a lot of decorations—six large plastic tubs in the shed, not counting the several boxes in the storage closet—and each decoration must be displayed, as it has special significance.  Even the ones that don’t look quite so good anymore, ie., shabby and pathetic.  Our Christmas ornaments are mostly collections from places we’ve been, with a smattering of ornaments that were gifts, or made by the kids, so each one must hang on the tree, no matter how ugly.

Topped Christmas tree
One year we came home to find our Christmas tree had fallen over/Image courtesy of Pexels

Our New Year’s tradition is de-decorating.  Yeah, I know we are wild and crazy people, but if you read my blog from last week, you already know that.  One year, however, was a little different.  A few days before New Year’s, we came home to find our Christmas tree had fallen over.  This was despite the heavy twine anchoring it to the hook in the wall.  We learned to anchor the tree to the wall after a similar episode a few years ago.  Of course, all the pretty ornaments were in the front, so they took the biggest hit. A couple of the ornaments took double hits, having survived being glued back together after the first incident.  Anyway, at that point, it just made sense to take the tree down early and leave everything else up until New Year’s.

Broken Christmas ornament
Of course all the pretty ornaments were in the front/Image courtesy of Pixabay

But after spending three hours taking down decorations and packing them away, yet again, I got to thinking. This business of putting up and taking down decorations is a lot of work.  And it seems like time goes faster and faster these days, so before we know it, Christmas will be here again.  Plus, you may not realize this, but I’m not as young as I used to be, so decorating and de-decorating is more of an effort than it used to be.  So, here’s what I’m thinking for next year.  I’ve been in the homes of elderly people who leave their Christmas decorations up year-round and I’m about to the age where I can start getting away with elderly eccentricities.

Dead tree
Maybe I’ll leave my tree up all year/Image courtesy of Pixabay

Thus, next year, after decorating for Christmas, I’m leaving everything up.  I’ll be able to enjoy my Christmas decorations all year and won’t have the depression that accompanies taking everything down.  Nor will there be the work of putting everything up again the following year. There’s only one problem.  We always buy a real Christmas tree.  I wonder what it will look like in a year, provided it doesn’t fall over.



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