I don’t rush into decorating for Christmas. For one thing, I want to enjoy Thanksgiving. It seems a shame to leap straight into shopping and decorating for Christmas before one has even had time to digest one’s dinner, never mind contemplate one’s blessings. Secondly, I like to leave my decorations up for the full 12 days of Christmas. I enjoy them more if I save them for the actual Christmas time.
This year, decorating is going to be a bit more leisurely. Now that almost all of the boxes are down from the attic, I’m going to go through them as I put up the decorations and get rid of the ones that I no longer use. As an unabashed sentimentalist (I even cry at commercials, sometimes!), I have a tendency to hold onto things that were gifts or have memories tied to people I love. At this point, I have ornaments going back to childhood. Some have got to go. I know that this will make decorating a bitter-sweet event this year, but it is time to purge.
Does everyone have boxes full of chipped, cracked, slightly crushed items that one just can’t bring oneself to throw away? I have held on to way too many items, because the occasion or the giver is a cherished memory. I’ve finally had time to realize that one doesn’t need the object to retain the essence. I’ve decided that this is the year that I need to put some of these worn-out items to rest. Will it be a clean sweep? Of course not! (I know myself too well to have unrealistic expectations in that department, although I know my husband is hoping-he’s the one who lugs everything up and down the attic steps!) However, I’ve already seen several items that aren’t hugely sentimental that will not make the cut, and I have hopes that this will begin a reorganization, which will continue when it’s time to take things down. I can’t keep everything; I have to set priorities and keep the best, and let the damaged or no-longer-valued items go. That way, I can really enjoy what I’ve kept and have room for new ones as they come.