Some folks pack up the Christmas decorations the day after. Others opt for New Years day, kind of like putting up a holiday hang-over. We observe Epiphany-Twelfth Night, thus no need to rush the decorations away, especially the outdoor Nativity until the Magi show up. This year, we procrastinated until an ice-storm a week after Epiphany motivated us to deconstruct Christmas.
Now we have re-arranged the furniture in the great room for another year. All of the Christmas CD’s are out of the CD exchanger and filed in drawers. The Christmas books, stocking, lighted houses, skating figures, etc. are in boxes in the garage.
Yet, no matter how thoroughly we collect the decorations, something always escapes our surveillance. On a shelf… behind a table… under a chair, there is a hidden Christmas, somewhere.