Christmas is over. Are you breathing a big sigh of relief like I am? All the weeks of preparation and shopping are behind us now. The bank account has shrunk but the waistline has grown. We have one son who left yesterday to go to New York to celebrate the New Year with his friends and one who left to go back home to Canada this morning. Our daughter is back to her own routine in her own home. All of this leaves our house quiet. Peaceful. Serene.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my family and enjoyed the time we all spent together but it does feel really good to get back to normal again. Traditionally, in our family, we I put all the Christmas decorations away on January 1st. I have to tell you though, it is killing me to have to wait that long. To me, when it’s over, it’s over. I like a clean cut ending. If I had my way I would have the tree down and all the decorations put away on midnight of the 25th of December.
Now that all the rush and craziness is over I’ve been reflecting on this Christmas and some of my fondest holiday memories. This year I loved driving through a few neighbourhoods here in Florida that featured some over-the-top decorations. Wow, some people really get into decorating their homes! These extremely decorated neighbourhoods made our three little lit deer and one lit angel look very sad in comparison. In fact we don’t refer to them as deer anymore but call them our Christmas mice now. Still, I can’t imagine going that far…but I sure appreciate those who do so that we can ooh and ahh. One home even had real bubbles coming out of a blow up ginger bread house on their front lawn.
Another memory I’ll cherish is when my husband and I walked to the beach to watch the sun go down on Christmas day. There were quite a few people out walking and enjoying a “beverage” on the beach. The atmosphere was lovely with everyone wishing each other an exuberant “Merry Christmas!” Two guys played their guitars while the sun sank into the horizon. It was beautiful; a perfect end to a special day.
Now that the sun is setting on 2011, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers for stopping by Tara Cronica and checking in with us despite your own busy lives. We appreciate your visits and your comments. I wish you all the very best for the New Year and look forward to seeing you here again in 2012!