Happy New Year!
By now you are all turkeyed out, you’ve seen enough of your families, and if you see one more twinkly light you’re gonna scream – yes? I love packing away Christmas. I potentially love packing away Christmas more than setting it up. I’m not a scrooge, I LOVE Christmas, but there is something so satisfying about seeing empty mantles, having space in the fridge, and more than anything else, listening to anything other than Christmas music!
Normally my hubby packs everything away, but this year he has decided to take on a “five minute job” that should frustrate him for the next week.
Jobs like this are “blue” for good reason. I tend to turn the directive “return each item to its storage bin” into “overhaul our entire holiday décor collection.” Needless to say, I’ve had three cups of coffee and two meals since beginning this morning. “Pink” jobs are done right! Or at least, over an extended period of time.
While sorting through this year’s cards and Christmas wishes, it occurred to me that not everyone rips off the card covers before tossing the messages into the recycle bin. Why would I do that, you might ask? Well, that’s what we use for tags on our gifts to each other – more upcycling!
People are thoughtful about the greeting cards they choose, and I love seeing them displayed because they are all so different. It seems impossible to have so many variations on exactly the same theme, year after year. Yet somehow, Santa and his elves, Jesus and his followers, and non-Christians and all of their warm holiday wishes continue to reinvent themselves. I just can’t bring myself to waste the lovely artwork and clever messages.
Hot tip! Keep this year’s cards at hand to help you plan for your own Christmas greeting mail-out. It’s also fun to read the current and previous year’s cards, so don’t cut up this year’s cards until next year!
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