The dread I felt at Thanksgiving is over. The fear of doing everything that needed to be done is past. Christmas Day 2013 has come and gone. Along with it, the parties and the events are done. There's nothing more on the calendar for December and I'm ready to start a new year.
There were certainly some wonderful moments this month. As I have already said, the music is a highlight for me. The candlelight church service too. The family getting together is great! I enjoy seeing the Christmas lights and enjoy the good food. Too much though! I still have leftovers in the fridge and my conservative ways won't let me just throw them out. A funny side story: my sis-in-law & her hubby ordered us 2 boxes of Shari's Berries and due to the problems with FedEx and the weather, we didn't get them until after Christmas. Then the next day TWO MORE boxes arrived!!! Anyone want a chocolate covered strawberry or two?? We have plenty! Come on over!!
It's funny how the days after Christmas are SO quiet. I mean...what to do? It's not time to put away the decorations yet. I like to leave them up until New Year's Day. It's a reminder for me that there are actually 12 days in the Christmas season. You know, like the song... and although retail marketers try to fool you that it starts before Christmas Day, it doesn't.
So - I go from running around, going to extra events (I missed my Book Club Christmas luncheon in all the hustle and bustle and I'm still upset with myself over it), to making errand lists, and buying extra food for the fridge....to - doing nothing. Quiet.
I am looking forward to New Year's Day when the SC Gamecocks take on the Wisconsin Badgers. The bowl game starts at 1pm. In fact I enjoy the whole couple of days of football at the first of the year - it's the last hurrah of college games.
After that... the chore of putting away the decorations. Time to get back to serious reading that I didn't have time for in December - and time to wait for spring. For warmth.
I am finally exhaling now. I am happy the craziness of the holiday is over. I think back on the fun parts for sure! I loved having my daughters home... it's a comfort feeling like the "ole days" when they were younger.
So,,,phew. And....yeah! And, bring on 2014!!