after the holidays.
I have to admit that I'm not entirely sad the holidays are over. While I truly enjoy the fun and celebration, I'm also ready to return to normal life. We normally take our tree down the day after New Year's Day but I had to work so we took it down today (the following Saturday) instead. I received an e-mail from my work yesterday that said something like: it's never as fun to take the tree down as it is to put it up but...what goes up, must come down. The e-mail was sent as a safety reminder that dried-out trees are a serious fire hazard. But I couldn't help feeling the dread of knowing my kids entire nap-time on Saturday would be spent un-decorating.
Autumn asked me yesterday is we were taking the tree down and I told her we were the next day. When she woke up this morning she said, "It's okay if the Grinch takes our tree." That's when I realized we were all ready to return to normal. No matter how much I enjoy the season or how wonderful and magical it is - there's also something really nice about "normal." I always feel this way after a wonderful vacation too.
The living room is still covered in displaced toys but we're getting closer to normal. Our house is quite modest so our Christmas tree goes in the "toy corner" and the toys are placed in the dining room, each of the girls' rooms and downstairs. We are incredibly thankful both girls took a good nap today and my husband and I worked at lightning speed to get all those fragile decorations boxed before the kids awoke. Now, I just have a little organizing to do to decide where the new toys will go.
In 11 more months, I'll be happy to unpack all those very special and sentimental decorations I so carefully packed today. For now, I'm happy to be back to normal.