I took down my Christmas decorations immediately after we got home from celebrating at my parent's house. I guess this is to be expected, taking into consideration that I decorated in early November. Tina is markedly disappointed that the Christmas tree is gone--even though it's an artificial one, she had this one particular branch that she spent hours chewing on. She's mourning the loss of her make out buddy. I'm excited, though! My living room feels sparse and open and clean now. I hung new art, swept and vacuumed, twirled around like Fraulein Maria, etc.
The processes behind Christmas decorations make me reflective.When I was pulling all of our holiday stuff out of boxes, I couldn't get over the fact that when I packed them up last year in Idaho we had no idea we'd be unpacking them in Arizona this year. I mean it--no idea. We'd been hoping to move to Arizona for years, but even then, 2 months before we moved, we didn't know how soon we would make it happen. It's been a year of transition and hard work and sunshine and I didn't fathom any of it in December 2014.