Oh well, since I'm fairly awake and it's the weekend after Epiphany, I figured I should go ahead and get out of bed and start gathering the Christmas decor from around the house so I can pack it away. Epiphany is the day that the Wise Men came and marks the end of Christmas in our household. Growing up the decorations went up on Christmas Eve and came down on January 6th, for my hubby they went up the weekend after Thanksgiving and came down the day after Christmas (or thereabouts). So, we melded the two a bit and put them up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but don't take them down until the weekend after Epiphany. It makes for a long Christmas season, good thing it's my favorite time of year! January 5th was Twelfth Night, perhaps when I have children I'll think of something special to mark the occasion. Right now, it simply marks the day that the Christmas decor comes down for me traditionally and the magic of winter and Christmas turns into the long wait for Spring.
So, I'm starting my morning with Peppermint Coffee and Alison Krauss and feeling very serene and excited at the same time.
When do you put your decorations up? When do you take them down? Have you ever had a "waking dream" or am I crazy? Well, maybe you shouldn't answer that last one.