Since about a week before Thanksgiving my blog reader has been blowing up with posts on Christmas decor, Christmas crafts, holiday recipes, and more. To be honest, I’ve skipped over most of them, not out of a “bah humbug” mentality but out of a “they don’t interest me right now” state of mind.
You see, every Christmas Ryan and I end up getting a tree and decorating at the last minute (often with disastrous results), because between work travel, multiple Thanksgivings out of town, and holiday Janery work we’re always too busy to get it done early.
This year I’m feeling more overwhelmed than ever, mainly because a certain awesome doggie takes up a lot of our time, and the house (projects and cleaning) has kind of fallen behind. I suggested to Ryan “What if we skipped the Christmas decorating step and went straight to the New Years Cleaning step?
You see, early every January we do a big cleanout – clearing clutter, making donations, and reorganizing spaces that get really messy with use. Mainly the basement work room. I also have had a ton of projects get stalled, once again, and just like last January I want to start the new year by tackling them.
So now that my business travel is over, Christmas gifts are purchased, and I’m slowing down the shop for the holidays, we’ve started tackling projects and house cleanup.
Today’s tasks: taking donations to Goodwill, and taking some tricky chairs to the upholsterer for a quote. Sometimes you have to know when it’s best to farm out a task.
I don’t have any regrets about not decorating. We can still look out the window and see tons of lights on our neighbors’ houses, so we’re surrounded by holiday cheer. And this weekend I’m taking Ryan on a special Christmas-y date.
Holy cow, though. I think I’m done reading blogs for this month. It must be tough to be a Jewish home decor blog reader in December.