I’m currently taking a break from cleaning the basement. I think it needs an entire year of attention.
For now, I’ve changed the sheets on the day bed and thrown out some trash. I have a vision for the space but it’s going to take some time. And a lot more cleaning.
That’s not what this post is about but I thought I’d just share what I’ve been up to before jumping into all the Christmas wrap up (ha!) details.
For fun, I looked to see what I posted around this time back in 2018. It was about taking a break on the day after Christmas and how much I enjoyed the slow down. Should have read that about 3 days ago. Might have avoided a few arguments with the husband.
This year, after too little sleep and hosting both sides of the family on Christmas day (at different times), I decided to go full steam on taking down the tree but was trying to do it my way. My way and my husband’s way….night and day. Still need to go to Home Depot for tape (tree box) and bubble wrap (I condensed some decorations and found others).
Christmas Eve was quiet. I got out super early and again later in the afternoon but didn’t seem to have the tons of last-minute errands of Christmas Eve past. Maybe it just felt like that since we didn’t have anywhere to be.
We watched a movie on Netflix, The Christmas Chronicles, the boys opened their Christmas Eve Pajamas and books late, and that was it. Sometime after I watched the Pope’s midnight mass, I started threatening coal if certain teenagers didn’t get to bed so Santa could arrive.
We used to tell them 2 AM was too early to get up for Christmas and now I’m saying it’s too late to go to bed. How did that happen?
Christmas day itself was nice. We hosted my husband’s family in the morning for breakfast. He always makes biscuits and gravy, one sister-in-law brought monkey bread and the other brought something new cinnamon roll dough wrapped around sausage (very yummy!). This happened at 9:30.
Then, we had a bit of a day long break until some of my family arrived at 5:30. Big family means getting everyone together is a just take who can make it affair. One of my brothers brought homemade lasagna, my other brother brought bread sticks, and I made spaghetti and meatballs. A nephew I hadn’t seen in a while came along with his family. For dessert we had chocolate pie and cherry pie. We missed one of my brother’s wives, my sister, my other brother, and my other nieces and nephews. Those of us that did gather had a great, long visit!
Didn’t take many pictures this year as I was too busy visiting to think of it.
The Void Between Christmas and the New Year
And here we are between holidays. Have you seen all those funny memes going around on Facebook about not knowing the day of the week, etc? They’re certainly correct! I’ve spent my time watching too much TV, taking down decorations,being grumpy from too much sugar/caffeine, the lack of routine (and sun! I don’t think I’ve seen the sun since Christmas day), and wanting to get a jump on cleaning and clearing out for the New Year.
How are you spending the last few days of 2019?