Yesterday morning Izzy and I decided to take a longer walk than usual. The sun was strong and I couldn't bear to hurry back inside when the sun had been so gracious in being there for me. On our longer route we ran into a neighbor whom I do not know. She was taking down her outdoor Christmas decorations. I said, "Good morning." She responded, "I can't wait to get rid of Christmas. I want everything back to normal."
I remember feeling this exact same way years ago. By the 28th of December I was ready to have everything put away and back to normal. Something has changed over the years. I am not in a hurry to get rid of Christmas. I consider the whole week after Christmas to be part of the Christmas celebration, only simpler. That week after Christmas everyone is relaxed. There aren't anymore surprises or planning and everyone can relax and just be. I have found myself snuggled with Sophia several evenings this week in front of the tree talking.
Generally Christmas isn't completely put away until right before I head back to work mid January. With the colder days and nights, I enjoy the warmth the Christmas lights bring to a room. Besides that, I just find that I enjoy bringing back regular life a little slower these days. The holidays for me are a sign of slowing down and enjoying those around me. I am in no hurry to get back to a life any different than that.