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Installment #69

The holidays are over, a new year has begun and it’s time to take down all of the Christmas decorations. Are you with me when I say… After you take down your Christmas tree and all of your decorations, your space feels lifeless and bleak? And I’m not one to put out that much, even my tree is super skinny and barely takes up space. It’s funny how quickly you get used to the warm and cozy glow of the all the lights and the extra sparkle that seems to radiate and bounce around the room. But, if you are like me, you’re also ready, come New Year’s Day, to put away all of the holiday decor and say adios to Christmas until it comes around again. So I compromised and figured out a way to continue to have a festive and cozy atmosphere that would feel appropriate for the next couple of months. I left my tree up but I removed all of the Christmas decorations, I placed some blue (two different shades) balls that clip on over miniature lights and I bought a bag of batting that I placed around the bottom and a few pieces here and there on the tree to look like snow. Then, and this was the fun part, I spent an evening, while watching TV, cutting out paper snowflakes… just like you did when you were in elementary school. I bought some fishing line and some Command Strip Hooks and ran the fishing line from one wall in my living room to another to another to another, until I had a fishing line web in which I hung the paper snowflakes from. I just love the way that it turned out! At night when I have the lamps on, they create a fun and interesting shadow on the ceiling. I suppose if you are one that hates winter and snow, this would not be a good look for you. I personally find snowfall beautiful and serene, especially at night and early in the morning; and the winter months bring rest and rejuvenation, which is much needed after the hustle and bustle of the previous year. I don’t bother with resolutions, I know I won’t stick with them, but I do use January and February to give a lot of thought to how I would like for my journey to move forward and ways in which I can bring about positive change to myself and others.

How do you spend your winter months? Anyone else leave their tree up and re-decorate it for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter?

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