Saturday, December 27, 2008

Post Christmas Blues

I get this way every year...

For some reason, Christmas day, although special and exciting in the beginning, always fizzles for me. The magic is over! The mystery of what's under the wrapping...gone! I think the best way to describe it is having all of the flourescent lights being turned on suddenly at a candlelit dinner party. Everyone's flaws become apparant.

Even as a little girl, I used to get so sad when Chrismas was over and it was time to take down the tree. We always used to have a live tree, and so a week or so after Christmas, it always got put out by the curb. I can actually remember sitting out there talking to it, telling it what a great job it did and that we would really miss it. I think I read The Little Fir tree one too many times, and so I actually treated it as if it had human qualities. (Keep in mind that I was an only child for many years, and had a very vivid imagination to boot). I was quirky that way. I used to gather sticks for the reindeer...Why? I guess I thought that sticks were right up there with hay. I never did find out what "Santa" did with all those bags of sticks that had collected. I was very observant and would have recognized the sticks that I had gathered if they ended up back in the grass. Thank goodness my kids haven't picked that traditon up. We just stick to sensible things like leaving cheese for Santa Mouse, sugar for Rudolph, cookies for Santa, and oatmeal laced with glitter for the "other" reindeer.

Anyway, back to the depression thing...I never feel that the Christmas season is long enough for me to fully enjoy the effort it takes me to decorate. I don't like starting before Thanksgiving because I really love that holiday, and I feel like I'm just discounting it by bringing Christmas in too soon. Christmas is such a sacred holiday for me. I just have so many magical memories associated with this time, that I want to keep it special. I don't step foot in a Christmas store, watch Christmas movies, or listen to Christmas songs until the day after Thanksgiving. I even keep my holiday candles out of sight.

I look at it this way...If I ate my favorite food everyday, the entire year, it would lose it's yum factor...the same goes for celebrating Christmas.

I decided to "just take a few things down" today...and now it's launched into a full on pack up fest. I like to start the new year off fresh--holiday free. There are a few things, however, that I waited until last to pack ...things that I've so enjoyed seeing everytime I come in the door...

A little bench adorned with a few random Christmas trees...some bottlebrush, some vintage. I love the old tree with the red balls and cotton balls on the's so whimsical...

My bottle brush collection, displayed on a thriftstore find in my entryway...most of them courtesy of my sweet and classsy friend, Susan Taylor.
This was a little project that I did this year...I mounted art work from Ellie (angel; top left), Reilly (reindeer; top right), Jake (hand reindeer; middle), Brian (Santa; bottom left), Me (Mary, Joseph & Jesus; bottom right).............We were all around the same age when we drew them....I just love that it's displayed together. I didn't spend alot on the frames and the backing is just scrapbook paper. Next year, I'll display it with ribbons...
A burst of red nestled into my white and cream ware collection on the mantle...
I loved sitting in our dining room for each meal and seeing this cheerful sight....
This is a little nativity set that I made many years ago when I was living in NYC. A dear friend taught me how to create these figures out of different types of bread (potatoe, pumpernickle and wheat) and elmers glue. The little sheep are my favorite.
This is just one of those sweet pictures that I love to look at...(thank you, mom!) I have it displayed above one of my tree collections...
A few tiny bottle brush trees displayed on my kitchen window ledge....

It was nice to walk around the house, find these special little nooks and take a picture of a few of the things that brought me joy this holiday season.
The best cure for these kind of blues, is to buy some fresh flowers to put in my entryway and dining room table. I might even try to force some forsythia branches...The weather has been so mild here that I might not even have to force them--good grief. I want a crazy snow storm already!
*Do you get the post Christmas blues?
*Have you ever comforted your Christmas tree while it was at the curb?
*When do you take your decorations down?


  1. wow, the decorations you have up are great! Your house must have been very festive! I wish I had your creative Gene that all the girls seemed to get except me! Argh. It does feel good to clean up for the New Year, but I do miss Christmas, well what it could've been anyways. It did fly by fast, that's for sure.

  2. I love your tree collections!!!! To answer the 3 questions,,,

    Yes, I get the post christmas blues (I drown my sorrows in a bag of cherry twizzler bites)

    No, I have never comforted a tree at the curb

    I usually take the decorations down the week after new years, but this year i am starting today. (will probably take until new years at the rate I am going!)

  3. loved your bit on post christmas blues- the pictures really give a sense of your style (very classy). about the questions:
    1) yes, i do get post christmas blues and pre christmas blues- guess it's the anticipation and then the realization (like this year) that i fell short of the goals- spiritual and physical that i set for this sometimes overwhelming time of the year.
    2)no, on the tree comforting thingy- however, i think one year we made the used tree into a bird haven for a month or so.
    3)i have no system on taking the decorations down- never have and probably never will- but once i get started, i do a major cleaning job.

  4. Wow! I can relate to all your feelings! Alas, I am too busy planning NEXT Christmas for the store, so I never feel blue!! I never really thought of it,but how fortunate for me! I sometimes feel that the last thing I can stand to do it think "more Christmas" (decor, that it!) but sure thing, as soon as I have one day (of 7) at market, I'm right back in there designing and loving the ideas for the next year!

    It takes me weeks to take down all the decorations (see Bucks Living Magazine Nov/Dec) and it is a major project!!

    I've never talked to my Christmas tree as a child, have definitley had the post Christmas blues prior to owning Black-eyed Susan and love seeing the creative Holiday musings at your darling house!

    I also get really ready for a calm January, although the house seems so bare. Are you familiar with the song "I cry the day I take the tree down"? I think you would relate.