Monday, January 4, 2010

Our Christmas Vacation

It always goes too fast, doesn't it? I have to tell you that I hate getting back "into it." The whole routine thing. That means it is really over. I think it is harder on me than it is on the kids.

I remember the year I was twelve. My Dad was driving us home from basketball practice on a cold day in January. It was almost dark outside and it seemed like there were more Christmas lights on than I had remembered the day before. I though for a second, maybe just a second, that it had all been a dream. Christmas, I mean. Maybe it had not come yet. Maybe this was the best part, right now. The anticipation, and the excitement of before Christmas.
I closed my eyes and decided that if the next house we passed had their Christmas lights on, that it had not come yet. I knew of course that it had, but thought maybe I would get lucky.

I always thought I would grow out of this sort of silly thing. Being so sad after Christmas, but I haven't.

We did so much these past few weeks. There was lots of playing in the snow, gathering with friends and family. Lots of eating, and so much baking. Knitting and movies, tea and long talks. Crazy, happy cousins running about.

Cleaning out, and starting fresh. Plans for the future.
Relaxing. Napping.
Did I mention the eating?


Even thought there are no more cookies to deliver, or gifts to exchange, Christmas music on the radio, or a pretty tree in my living room,





The thing that makes this time of year so special to me, to so many of us, is that it only comes once a year, and stays for a short time.



It is meant to be savored.
And missed.




18 comments:

QuiltedSimple said...

So glad you had a wonderful Christmas - it goes by way to fast! Happy New Year!
Kris

Michaela said...

You are right, it wouldn't be so special if it was every day. Have a great New Year..

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

You're right! Often the sweetest things in life last for only a moment. We mourn them, moving on, but it helps to remember that just around the corner is another moment to cherish.

They do seem to flit by so quickly though, which is why I've decided to have a renewed goal to journal more often, so I can revisit those special times.

Happy New Year!

Marsel said...

Well said! You summed up my sentiments exactly...nice to know I'm not the only one that feels this way. :)

Meg said...

I felt the "Christmas letdown" a couple of days after Christmas--maybe it was when my parents left. And for the last few days, I've been more than ready to get back into routine! Today I undecorated the tree and took down the rest of the holiday decorations. And I think I waited so long that I'm actually glad that the house isn't quite so "done up" now.

Happy New Year--I look forward to seeing what you knit up this year!

kim said...

What's funny is, I'm not one of those. Typically, I can't wait to rip down the tree and get back to it. But this year, I found myself getting almost teary-eyed as I packed away each special ornament lovingly. I even agreed to leave the "Big" tree up for another few days. Of course, that's not much of a concession since it's the only thing in the room. But I do understand what you mean. Everything just seems warmer and brighter BEFORE Christmas...

Christina Scovel said...

I always love the cleaning after the holidays - but while it is here .... I enjoy the hell out of every moment of light and smell of pine!

Linda said...

Glad you are back. I agree that it is very hard to get back into the groove--that alarm going off at 5:30 to get the high schooler going is not a happy thing :)

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

i so get that feeling of the post christmas/back to routine blues...thought it was just me...on and upwards into 2010 we go...

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

I feel the same way, I hate when it's all over! I love what knittenbrit said Often the sweetest things in life last for only a moment, so true!!
Have a wonderful new year (;
Hugs~Kelly

a friend to knit with said...

aww. i love that little story from when you were twelve.
i feel like i took our tree down too soon this year.... jan 1, but for some reason the homes with the lights on them.. and the snow on the ground.. make me wish i still had a little Christmas around here.
happy 2010, katie!

Barb said...

I guess I stress too much over the holidays cause I'm always glad when they are over. I did enjoy having the hubster home with me but glad the kids will be back in school tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Now that I'm back to the hustle and bustle of NOT having Christmas activities I miss it. It comes and goes way too quickly. :) I'm glad you had such a nice holiday.

I've moved!
www.sevenclowncircus.com

angie said...

That last comment was from me. Sorry for the anonymous status.

seashoreknits said...

what a sweet post - happy 2010!!

stitching under oaks said...

I'm so glad your Christmas was a good one...it's always good when you wish it wasn't over. I love all the greenery that you've tucked around your house. Happy 2010.

elliebelle said...

Oh goodness, I have the exact feeling of sadness after Christmas is over! Taking down the tree is the worst! I guess we have to look at January as the new year - and time where we can make things for ourselves instead of for everyone else! haha. Happy New Year!

Hilary said...

I feel the *exact* same way about Christmas. My favorite day of the year is December 23rd, *just* before the holiday and when anticipation is highest. Then right when Christmas dinner is over and all the cousins go home, I realize...I have to wait another year! Sad! I kind of thought I'd grow out of it, too, but it's nice to still get excited about things.