To tree or not to tree. That is the question. Not quite Shakespearean, but close enough.
The holidays are a lot of work. You’ve got the baking, the shopping, the wrapping, and the decorating. And that’s just the preparation. All of these things tie together to make the holidays festive, memorable, and delicious, but when it’s all over, have you ever wanted to just leave the decorations up a little longer than past New Years? What’s acceptable? When is it too long?
The norm in our neighborhood seems to be outside decorations need to come down–or at the very least no longer lit up–after New Years’ Day. I was a rebel this year and not only left them up but also left them lit up until January 9th. The weather that Saturday was a pure gift, and I spent the morning out in the front yard while the bubbly hubby was at work. Removing all the decorations and lights was a bit of a bummer, reminding me how quickly the holidays pass. When I finished and went inside, I stared at the tree standing proud in the center of my picture window, and I didn’t have the heart to tackle that as well.
One more week, is what I thought that evening as I turned down the lights and sat on the sofa with the bubbly hubby and watched the lights. Just one more week, then I’ll take it down.
And then I talked with my sister-in-law, Tracy who told me she didn’t want to take down her tree, either. Instead, she removed the Christmas decorations, replacing them with Valentine’s Day decorations. She shared a photo and I was convinced. This past Monday, Steve and I went and bought some Valentine’s Day decorations and this Saturday, I will change my Christmas tree into a Valentine’s tree.
And then–if I am still reluctant to take it down and put it in the closet–I will make it a St. Patrick’s Day tree!
So what about you? To tree or not to tree? What’s your choice?
Until next time, may the simplicity and beauty of tree lights bring color to your life!