Another day given over to holiday business. D and I wrapped presents to take for mailing tomorrow. I finished laundry that had been delayed due to earlier interruptions in the usual schedule. And then there was the making of Christmas cards which, once printed, had to be signed and envelopes addressed.
But this was fun because most of it had to do with enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season. One of the most enjoyable tasks was completed last night when D brought a very large box up from the basement which contained Christmas decorations. We had gone through those decorations and passed on to our daughter or given away, but as you can imagine, there were still a lot left (more than I thought). I found I had held on to decorations that I had purchased for use in school; they wound up either in the waste basket or in the box to go to charity. After that we happily sorted and put up some of my Santa collection (some was relegated to charity for other families to enjoy). Opening up a box that held D's collection of Christmas-themed Gurley candles, and here they are:
On the kitchen side of the pass through, there are five snowmen and one recent beeswax pine tree. The winter lamps are new this year (couldn't resist something that could be used throughout the winter and was pretty!), and the holly which is lush this year is in two antique cruets and one Larkin Soap bottle (antique from Buffalo).
From the family room side, there are two Santas and two green pine trees and two glass white and gold trees. You can also see that the Chinese warrior general is standing guard!
Some times sorting through "old stuff" can yield an hour or two of clearing out things that no longer make us happy and also give weeks of pleasure.