Monday, December 26, 2011

January is in the air


It is beginning to look a lot like . . . January. I woke up this morning with great anticipation. January is one of my favorite months. I can almost hear, taste and smell it. 

I am trying to stay in the moment - that this is the day after Christmas. Maybe I should just relax and enjoy the tree and decorations for one more day. 

But I cannot help myself, as an always forward moving person, I want to take the decorations down ... so tomorrow I can act like January is already here.

What I will do, is poll my family today. If they want another day of Christmas, I will give it to them as my final present of the season.

So, I am off to see what the family thinks ... but later this week, I will be back to talk more about January.


image credit: snowman


21 comments:

  1. I smiled at your post. :)
    Anne

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  2. I'm with you. I love Christmas, but I'm ready to have the busy-ness of the season be over. I hate the weather in January, but I love the quiet. :)

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  3. Christmas evening I was already thinking about taking down the tree and packing up all the decorations. I resisted the urge and everything is still out. I'm with you, I think I'll enjoy the Christmas tree at least one more day.

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  4. I'd love to hear why you love January!! it's far too ling and cold for me. And I love to leave my tree up as long as possible to enjoy the great memories we made at Christmas. I'll REALLY miss the Christmas movies!!

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday, Glenda!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. Why do you like the next month?

    Greetings. (Here in Hooland it is still Christmas - we have two Christmas-days)

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  6. I can't wait to hear why you like January!

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  7. Thanks for the post and the thoughts, Glenda. But I wonder if you might consider a different look at the time after December 25. The time we just left, Advent is a time of preparation, anticipation, and busyness. We are preparing, like expectant parents for the coming of the babe. There is so much to do! On December 25th, we celebrate his arrival. And then, Christmas begins. A time of resting with what we spent so much time anticipating.
    As you know, I didn't grow up with the liturgical calendar but I now go to a church that follows it and slowly over the years the calendar has been teaching me. What I am learning about the short period after December 25 is that it is a time of rest and getting to know the gift of the baby we were just given. Like parents of a newborn, we need time to get to know him, adjust to our life,post-preparation. By our nature we want to move on, but we are at this moment being called to reflect on the miracle of the baby Jesus and what his presence means to us, how it changes us and what we do.

    It's hard for me too. I'm ready to clear out the decorations and vacuum up the dried needles, and get the house back in order...but this year I'm trying to practice celebrating his arrival and what that means in my life. Just resting in his being and the miracle of it all.

    There will be plenty of time to tackle what's next....later.

    blessings to you Glenda!

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  8. Yay! I love January too & can't wait to put out & enjoy my new Christmas presents. :)

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  9. I am looking forward to January and a new year. A new year filled with new challenges, opportunities, and fresh starts. I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas season.

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  10. I'm never ready to take down anything the day after Christmas.

    I wait until January 6th - the Epiphany, to celebrate the arrival of the Magi.

    I"m not ready to remove everything so fast.

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  11. Well you really did get a jump on celebrating, so I guess I can understand...me I am still thinking of putting decorations up. I suppose it's because the daughters won't get here until January.

    I did put up the little advent calendar we made of wood years ago...here is a post I wrote about Christmas that I think is before you and I met..
    that sports a picture of the nativity scene wooden advent calendar that is almost the totality of this year's decorations....oh, wait, we did put up a string of lights and a tiny wooden church on the mantle. Ah..now that I think about it, I also put a manger scene outside in a niche of the stone wall.

    The thing is...you are a *Christ*mas babe all year anyway!

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  12. January means back to school and work at our house(Jan9th) so we are revelling in Dec for now!

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  13. thank you for sharing...happy holidays...blessings soraya

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  14. Only handful of times over the years, did I take the tree down before the end of December. It usually goes away sometime in January. I just like the tree and the few decorations I set out....feels so sad to put them away!
    Isn't it so nice that we are all different in how and why we do what we do? Love it!

    Yes, and why is January your favorite month??

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  15. i know exactly what you mean! i love january too. can't wait to hear your thoughts on it :)

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  16. Oh Glenda ~ I hope your family voted to keep them up another day!! January is my least favorite month ~ I can't wait to hear why you love it so!!

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  17. I took all my decorations down yesterday with the help of my awesome college son. Today the decorations go into boxes and up to the attic!!!! I am so pumped and am patting myself on the back for doing this un-decorating so soon.

    I, too, ***love*** Janauary!!!! I am very goal-oriented, and January is full of goal-making for me. It gets my blood pumping faster just thinking about it!

    Looking forward to hearing what you will say.

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  18. You are so brave. I do not like January; it's my least favorite month. I still have my tree up; can't bear to take it down yet!

    Blessings,
    Jen

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  19. Now I hope the family voted for more Christmas...I'm in your home town today. Brrrr, baby it's cold.

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  20. I love the Childers' take on January. It makes me want to read A Circle of Quiet. I can't wait for your January post(s).

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