Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Our Indoor Christmas Decorations And Tree Are Put Away. That's How We Roll The Day After Christmas.

Earlier today I did what most would consider the unthinkable. I took down all of the indoor Christmas decorations and tree. I untaped all of the Christmas cards from the doorframe. Aside from the organized pile of Christmas stuff on the kitchen table for Lisa to bring to the basement, there was no trace that yesterday was Christmas. Why? This is what I need to do in order to stay on track, focused, and sane.

Most of the people on my social media streams keep their Christmas tree and decorations up until New Year's Day. For some, it's considered "Christmas Week." For others, they feel it's bad luck to remove any and all traces of Christmas until the New Year. A small handful has Christmas celebrations after Christmas day because of schedules, travel, etc. I'm certainly not knocking anyone's preference to keep the Christmas tree and decorations up beyond Christmas day.

In our household, everything is taken down the day after Christmas. Lisa goes back to work. I usually have a ton of work stuff to catch up on and this year, that includes updating social media streams, tinkering with blog templates, spending time behind the lens taking photos of the fur-kids, writing more columns, adding blog pages, creating DIY Dog Mom Project tutorials for most of the 2017 projects, and getting all of the above ready and freshened up for 2018. That should take me through the weekend.

Work. Work. Work.

For us, we don't extend Christmas into the week after. Our Christmas decorations, both indoor and outdoor, and our Christmas tree is put up and put out the weekend following Thanksgiving. From that point on, it's all about Christmas. It's our busiest time of year. This year, even more so.

When it's done, it's done. 

The day after Christmas through New Year's Eve is not considered "Christmas Week" in our household. For Lisa, it's usually working 12 hour days. For me, especially this year, it's about what I mentioned above.

Christmas is done and over with until next year.

And no, I don't consider it bad luck to be in this mind frame.

Your success and "good luck" for the New Year has nothing to do with keeping your Christmas decor or tree up, the outdoor lights lit, or the stockings hung until the New Year. It has everything to do with willpower, motivation, determination, and staying focused.

I'm probably in the minority with this particular frame of mind.

I'm okay with that.

What works for us may not work for you and vice versa.

Again, that's okay.

What I do know is that I will wake up tomorrow morning and our home will be back to "normal." I'll be able to focus and proceed.

Face forward.

Onward march.

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