After the fun and chaos of Christmas, and once the Feast of the Epiphany is over, then the big clear up can begin! You get to look at the individual decorations for one last time, go through the Christmas Cards and finally pack everything away in boxes. It seems as if each year the stack becomes higher and the extra bags multiply.
The Angel is last to come off the tree ... so it was obvious that she / he should have a photograph as a reminder!
That chairful of ornaments is chock-a-block with memories ... places I've been, people who gave them and many have been hand crafted in cross-stitch or made from a great variety of other materials.
No sooner is this post-Christmas task completed and I'm working out the services from now until Pentecost ... Epiphany ... Lent ... Easter ... they're all going to fly past before we realize that 2013 has even begun!
At least it had its picture taken before becoming history!
Eliot didn't get a look in on that one ... and with the clearing up underway today he's taken a couple of toys to the dining room where there is relative peace and quiet. It's odd to see him choose a toy or two and wander off with them ... you've got to wonder if it is a random thing or if there is a decision being made? It isn't always the same item and he doesn't appear to play with them after a quick chew ... but invariably there's something beside him wherever he's sleeping!