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Sunday, January 03, 2010

The first of the packing

Tonight I took down all the decorations from the tree and the Christmas cards. I know it is not twelfth night yet but now I am home, I am craving change.

I remember last year I couldn't wait to put them away either, yet in my haste I didn't pack them with the usual care. There were no casualties when they emerged this year, thankfully, although I didn't use everything, partly because we had a smaller tree and partly, in a strange subconscious way, because I didn't want to 'taint' them with this 'Last Christmas Together'. As I denuded the tree last year, I thought that it would be our last in this house, how strange that we are all still here.

So tonight, with hope in my heart that these four walls will not see my precious treasures again, I wrapped and folded and repacked in original boxes, all the pretty baubles bought over time, mostly by mum and myself, and decorations made by the children. I have placed them carefully into two large bags and tomorrow will load them into the car and take them to mums, where I will leave them until I move house. Funny really, that I am doing this with things that have little monetary value. Mum keeps nagging me to remove some of the more expensive things that she has bought me over the years. I am working up to that, I can feel that soon I will be able to, but for the time being, my Christmas decorations will be safe until next year, and who knows where we will all be then?


Maggie May said...

Glad I can leave a comment now!

I took my decorations down yesterday. My heart wasn't in Christmas this year and now I will slowly clean the house as & when I can.

You sound as though you have lovingly packed your precious baubles. I hope next time you get them out, they will be in a loving environment, where ever that might be. X

Nuts in May

Jennysmith said...

What a lovely poignant piece, Sub.
And you did right too.

I've got impatient to take them down too. I don't like the way everything's gone on hold until today.


Steve said...

Despite the bittersweet sadness I can perceive the hope shining through... that's a good way to go into the New Year.

Akelamalu said...

Wherever you're at I hope you're happy. x

French Fancy said...

It's the little things that mean the most I think. Although I agree with your mum as well - start stripping the place.

Bon courage!

Liz said...

It's the special things, that you really want to keep, that must go to a safe haven first. I think I've told you about my friend's arse of a now-ex-husband who fought over every last bit of paper - literally, recipes she'd torn out of magazines. I sincerely hope your husband won't become like that but care for the treasured things first.

nick said...

It must feel good that you're beginning to take things out of the house in preparation for moving somewhere else. And yes, as French Fancy said, start smuggling out all the really valuable and sentimental items before husband starts quibbling about them.

Rose said...

I always hate taking down the Christmas decorations--sometimes I think one year I will leave them up until spring:) I understand your Mum's concern about removing the expensive things, but treasures such as the ornaments made by your children can never be replaced. You were wise to move them to your mother's now.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

You will be in a far happier, peaceful, pleasant, lovely place than you are now.

I can hardly wait for you to be there.

Happy New Year, dear lady.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Jean said...

Things are just things really but I understand how you feel. It doesn't matter how little or how much they cost, it's what they represent.
My ex broke into the house after I had taken it over and stole.....the breadbin. He also stuffed some carpet up the waste pipe from the washing machine so it would flood the kitchen when I used it. It took me ages to find the cause of the flooding.

Chic Mama said...

I can imagine that it felt so good to take them to your mum's. They're safe and they are now yours...something that's really precious to you. Been thinking about you wondering if appt has happened or postponed because of the weather. x