Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thoughts While Dismantling the Christmas Tree

I'd like to start off my post today with the Senility Prayer:

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.  Amen.

I guess it's time to take the  Christmas Tree down.  It's a job I find depresssing.  It's so much fun decorating it--the anticipation of the holiday, presents, giggling grandkids, delicious food, sinful sweets, New Years celebrations, and then the Rose Parade.  Once those ornaments are packed away and the tree gone, there's nothing left to do but wait for spring, and here in Maine, that's apt to be a long wait.

Oh, sure, there's the minor distraction of Valentines Day, and eventually a visit from the Easter Bunny, but in reality, neither of those can rev up your engine to the extent that Christmas does.  Maybe I'm coming down from a sugar high, but to me  winter seems a big downer after the end of December delights.  The snow is pretty to look at, but not fun to drive in and requires paying someone to plow the driveway after each storm; the cold weather means refilling the fuel tank and depleting your checkbook balance to dangerous levels;  and those friends and family who can afford to have migrated to warmer parts of the country. 

Wow--this whole past is a downer!  Focus on the positive--focus on the positive!  Winter means comfort foods like beef stew, mac and cheese, and spicy chili and all those things that are too much work to make in hot weather.  It means curling up with a good book,a blanket, and hot cocoa with marshmallow.  Help me out here, bloggy friends--what do you like about winter?


A Diary of Lovely said...

Not much of a winter person :) it was nice reading you, keep it this way!! Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

Midday Escapades said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! Wishing all the best with your 2010 blogging goals. :0)

Holyoke Home said...

One of the reason I don't do holiday decorations (on the inside) is EXACTLY for this reason. So depressing to take everything down!

Happy SITS saturday sharefest!

DJan said...

I've been watching you comment for a while now on other people's posts, and I just had to come over and meet another retiree. I'm 67 and almost happy about it. Come visit if you want; I'd love to share a smile or two from my end as well. Love your blog, and laughed out loud at the Senility Prayer!

BLOGitse said...

Winter here in Cairo is OK!
Today +22 and sunny - not bad!

Happy New Year and

a great SITS Saturday Sharefest!

jinksy said...

Mostly, the end of it! lol :)

TechnoBabe said...

Where have I been,I never heard of the Senility Prayer. Good one though. I know what you mean, it is so much fun getting out the Christmas decorations and also decorating the tree. Turns out to be such a pain to put it all away. Huh. Oh well, it is worth it to have the month or so of glitter and colors and spirit.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Sorry Eva... what I like the best is leaving and going to Florida. (It's the only way I can get through it, I hate the winter so much!)

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

We put up our tree about mid-December and leave it until January 6 (12th day of Christmas) or the weekend after that when we have time to put everything away.

A good way to keep the spirit going after the decorations are put away is candles, especially ones that smell good. Vanilla is calming, cinnamon is energizing, my parents love the food-scented ones like banana bread. Hmm, just gave myself an idea for a post-holiday blog header!

Kristina P. said...

I did it yesterday. It's bittersweet. My house looks so empty, but it's nice to just finally get back to normal.

Steven Anthony said...

Sorry eva, I adore you and would love to help you out, but HATE winter...I just shuveled my way out, and got in to look at the weather and we have another twelve inches comming..argggggggggg ;(

ethelmaepotter! said...

Well, my first thought was to say I like NOTHING about winter.
But I got to thinking and there are a few nice things.
You can stay warm and cozy in front of a roaring fire.
You can catch up on reading and watch old movies.
You can eat chocolate chip cookies warm out of the oven and not worry about bulges over your bikini bottom.
(Actually, I've never worried about bikini bulges, since...uh...they don't make bikinis in my size.)
You can get out your Disney brochures and dream about your next sunny Mickey Mouse vacation.
If it snows, and your hubby works for public works and drives a salt truck, you can get rid of him for 12 hours at a time.
Yep, I like winter just fine.

Kaylen said...

I like winter for the curling up on the couch with my (new) heated throw. My cats LOVE it too and rush to get the best spot next to me.
I wish I could hibernate in my house all winter and rarely leave the house. I love to look outside, but I love to be warm in my house.

JennyMac said...

You are so much fun Eva. Your family has to simply adore you. Senility prayer...will be passing that to my Father. Today.

gayle said...

I don't really like anything about winter!!!! Even though it isn't that cold where I live and some winters are milder than others...I hate being cold...Wait I just thought of one thing...I LOVE USING MY NEW FIREPLACE

Eva Gallant said...

Diary: thanks for stopping by!

Midday: Thanks for the good wishes and back at you!

Holyoke: It is depressing. Thanks for dropping by!

DJan: Glad I gave you a chuckle!

Blogitse: I'm always amazed at comments from far away! thanks for visiting!

Jinksy: I'm with you!

TechnoBabe: taking the tree down is like doing the dishes by hand after preparing a delicious sometimes question if it was worth it.

Lucy: Well, at least think of me while you're down there enjoying the sand and sun!

Blissed: I'll try the candle idea. I do have a couple of new ones. A vanilla and a lemon one!

Kristina: What's normal? lol

Steven: It's been snowing all day here, and isn't due to stop 'til Monday!

Ethel: No bikinis here, either! But I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one who cherishes alone time!

Kaylen: I'm with you...don't have a HEATED throw, but do have a throw that I snuggle under this time of year!

JennyMac: Thank you so much--hope your Dad chuckles at the Senility prayer.

Gayle: Ooooh a fireplace would be nice this time of year. Love the sound of the crackling flames.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

The last day of it before it becomes spring, is what I like about it.

Although, the excuse for eating bad comfort food is a good one too. And being cozy indoors when it's snowing outside and the Arctic wind is blowing.

Also, my tree is 12 inches tall and so I just pick the whole thing up and put it in a box, baubles and all. Takes ten seconds. Of course, it doesn't look quite as spectacular as yours...

mzbehavin said...

mmmmmm..... I have nothing good to say about winter......... I take 4 steps out the door and sink to my armpits in the snow......... I'm suffering from frostbite on everything south of my equator, and on top of all that..... I hate hat hair........ but I'm happy to read this post and discoverI'm not alone!!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This little stretch of the year is kind of depressing. Lots of tea drinking, snuggling, and hearty comfort foods are in order.

Shelley said...

YUMMMY!!! Food , my favorite. LOL, mention mac n cheese and I forgot all about depression.

Bee and Rose said...

I love the senility prayer! lol!

We do 7 trees at our house! I love putting them up, but taking them down makes me feel sad too.

Sending you some AZ sunshine!

Unknown Mami said...

You senility prayer is nothing short of brilliant!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Your prayer cracked me up Eva :-)

Happy new year.

My name is PJ. said...

My very favorite thing about winter is that it's not summer!

Did that help? Did it? Did it? ;)

The Retired One said...

We live where winter lasts almost 9 months...and I guess what I love about it is when it is over. Now, that sounds awful or cute, but there is some truth in it...
Because when spring comes again, it is such a true celebration. NO ONE loves spring more than Yoopers, and it isn't unusual for people to be seen out washing their cars in shorts when we hit our first sunny day in the 50's or shoveling their snow onto the street to help it melt on the black asphalt during the first warm day. Everyone's heart is lighter and life is good.

I vowed this year to get out on snowshoes to enjoy the snow more. We used to snowmobile and that was fun too. And, of course I hope to get out and take some winter scene photos. That will remind me of the season's beauty more.

Mommakin said...

I don't like much about winter... my tree is still up and is coming down today or tomorrow. HATE that job! Once it's down, though, maybe I can return to a little routine - which won't be a bad thing.

Happy New Year, Eva!

Stereos and Souffles said...

How far are you from Portland? Bon Appetit magazine rated Portland, Maine America's Foodiest Small Town for 2009. Sounds yummy up there! And they said the diners are some of the best spots. I know from your road trip you appreciate a good diner. :-)

Cougar Tales said...

I feel the same way you do about taking down the tree....and all of the Ch'mas decorations. It is so depressing....I mean, a whole more year before we can celebrate again? :-( But, here are a few things I love about winter:
1. Friday Nights - Too cold to go out (because we are in a city and walk everywhere) so we stay home with a bottle of red wine and catch up on DVR'ed shows.
2. Cuddling with my Dog - He must get cold because only in the winter he climbs up by me and wants to lay in my chest. (he's small)
3. Turtlenecks - they are so comfortable, I feel like I look good in them and I feel so warm and cozy in them!