It’s all well and truly over, a month of living in Christmasland now it’s back to reality.
My favourite saying at the moment to the Kids is ‘New year, new rules’. First-born is loudly complaining that the ‘new rules are boring’. One of the hardest things of leaving Christmasland behind is getting back into some sort of routine. That’s what’s currently going on here at Chez Wright.
I thought I’d share our last tradition, and give you all a glimpse into how our departure from Christmasland went.
((you’ll have to excuse my new favourite term – this explains it – David Mitchell’s (one of my fave comedians) monologue starts around 2 and a half minutes))
New Year’s Eve came and went…
We had the open house and all went well, it was lovely to see the new year in with friends. New Year’s Day is normally when the decorations come down (we don’t wait until 7 January – I think that’s the correct date), but this year the 2 January was a bank holiday giving us an extra day to sort it before back to reality.
As a child I remember taking the tree down to be quite heartbreaking. I considered doing it whilst the Kids were in bed, but they wanted to help so I mulled over ideas to make it more fun and to start a new tradition.
Enter yet more decoupage boxes.
Okay so I’ll admit I may be becoming obsessed with making these boxes. I love them. The satisfaction I get from a finished box is on par with how I feel once a celebration cake is decorated. It obviously fulfills some need 🙂
I’m getting pretty quick at making these boxes. I had two made in no time, one for each Child.
So whilst I took all the ‘general’ baubles of the tree, they searched for their special baubles to put away in their box until next year. It worked quite well, and kept them suitably occupied. They had little conversations about their baubles, how they’d made them, who’d given them the baubles etc…
Then everything got packed away
Along with mine and the Hubby’s cheesy Christmas jumpers – which will make an appearance again next year as we arrive at Christmasland!
(p.s – that’s an apron not a skirt I’m wearing! It looks quite unflattering!)
(Do the photo’s look better quality? I’m using my new camera!)
There was so much that I did, and had thoughts of doing this December that I’ve decided to put all of it together for 2012. Anyone interested in getting a preview just drop a comment here, or over at Facebook and I’ll send out a free copy this Autumn/Fall.
It’ll all be about less shopping and a more home-made Christmas!