We’ve had guests here at the T&C house since December 23, so I apologize for the scarcity of posts. I hope you enjoy this slightly updated missive from last year.
“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year,” pledges Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Quite possibly the Mister embodies this remark as no one else. He loves Christmastime, and closing the door on the season is always a little bittersweet.
Although Christmas as a holy season lasts twelve days, concluding with Epiphany on January 6, practically—including for reasons of fire safety—it’s time to begin putting away the decorations. The Christmas tree, particularly, is looking a bit careworn. At the beginning of December, our tree looks like a lovely young woman dressed to the nines for a gala. By the end of the month, the tree reminds me of a tottering dowager grandmother, sporting two spots of rouge and a crooked lipstick application. Her eyes are still twinkly, but all she can really think of is getting out of her dress and stockings and heels.
As much as I enjoy Christmas, I’m looking forward to the clean, fresh start of the New Year. Shoving everything in random boxes and getting the goods out of sight will only lead to aggravation and stress next Christmas, however. It is more than worth the effort to put things away thoughtfully. Toward this end, we bought Rubbermaid containers and labeled them for Santa’s eight reindeer. Each year, when it’s time to decorate, we start with Dasher and finish with Blitzen. I keep a list on my laptop of what is in every bin, print it out, and keep it in my holiday notebook. When it’s time to put it all away, I jot notes on the list and then I’ll update that on the computer in the next day or two. It looks something like this:
Prancer (dining room):
old ornaments for silver bowl
pine boughs for sideboard
antlers and greenery for side table
When we pull these items out, we put anything they might be replacing (candlesticks, Imari bowl) into the appropriate bin for storage during the holidays. I know it’s hardly rocket science, but it’s a tried and true method for us.
Here, the reindeer bins are in the playroom, waiting to be filled on January 2nd and returned to the “Christmas Closet.”
I love having everything organized for this Christmas yet to come, and so I take a few minutes to straighten the holiday linens and serving pieces, as well.
I’d love to hear your favorite tips for storing and organizing your holiday decorations!