It’s over. You overate. You overspent. You spent time with family and friends. You opened gifts. You asked for the gift receipt so you can return or exchange your gift. Now you can sit back, put your feet up, relax and think about taking down the holiday decorations. Our neighbors have their tree curbside by Christmas night. That’s a little too early for me. Our decorations stay up till the first week in January. If you have a real tree it’s guaranteed to come down, but not if you have an artificial one. Some people leave it up all year round. There’s no deadline.

Once Christmas is over some people turn a blind eye to their holiday decorations. They ignore them the way they do socks on the floor.

Post Christmas can be a let down for some people as the holiday season is akin to training for a race. You train and train for it and the race itself is over in the blink of an eye. Christmas is just like training for a marathon. You rush to decorate, bake, shop and write newsletters no one cares about. You rush from one activity to another. You flutter around in excited anticipation till the day arrives. And before you know it, it’s over. You’re left holding a hideous sweater your aunt bought you and vowing to lose the weight you gained over the holidays in the New Year. But, your New Year’s resolutions, like your decorations go ignored. Now you know why your neighbor’s decorations stay up to Easter.

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